Who doesn't love garlic?! That's why we planted a lot of it. Between our staff, volunteers, and program participants, it has a tendency to disappear pretty quickly...
Our garlic went into the ground mid-October. Garlic needs to overwinter and then will be ready to harvest around July. We planted a number of different varieties, including New York White and German Extra Hardy. There's also some elephant garlic, which is actually a wild leek.
Another great thing about garlic is that it's easy to save. So come harvest time, we have to resist the temptation to take it all home.
Here's a wider view of the garlic beds. Next to the garlic we recently planted scallions.
Our Garden Coordinator Chris has been busy in the greenhouse - we have a lot of vegetable seedlings growing alongside the Arboretum's fancy ornamentals. It can be pretty easy to get distracted in the Arboretum greenhouses.
We have brassicas (broccoli, cauliflower), alliums (onions, leeks), flowers, and some randoms like cotton and millet all going strong in the greenhouse.
This first week in April, we'll start seeding all our warm season crops like tomatoes, eggplants, and peppers as well. Exciting!!
Welcome to the blog of the Washington Youth Garden. Founded in 1971, we are one of the longest standing educational youth gardens in the country. We are located at the U.S. National Arboretum - 446 acres of green delight located a few miles from the Capitol in Northeast DC.
We have lots going on in the garden and would love to share that with you. Warning: this blog contains many, many pictures of cute kids with vegetables.
Learn more about our exciting programs at www.washingtonyouthgarden.org