Tuesday, Jul 10 2012

Trapp Family Lodge Garden Update

by Hal Heffner - Gardener

After a mild winter and early warm spell in mid-march, the spring weather stayed with us. The Nordic Ski Season and Maple Sugar Season came to an abrupt end but the warm weather gave us an early start on clean-up and garden preparation.

The early heat brought many insect pests.The cucumber beetle has been a challenge. They just finished their adult cycle however and are gone, for now. We now have a pesky groundhog, in the gardens, who seems to love the cabbage family. He has been warned three times, so now he is in big trouble.

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Executive Chef, Kim Lambrechts is very excited about using the fresh vegetables and herbs from our gardens. Poc Choy, Mustard greens and specialty lettuces were some of Chef Kim’s special requests. We are using a new technique for raising fresh greens this year. We built raised beds under the cover of our enclosed, shaded hoop house. This has worked well, giving us more control over watering, pest control, and shade. This new environment is proving to promote faster growth

There is a good chance, on your next visit to the Trapp Family Dining Room or to the Deli/Bakery, that your salad will be fresh from our gardens. So long for now and please stop by the gardens to see me on your next visit. Please remember to support your local growers!

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