|The Pima County Master Gardeners are hosting free tours on select mornings.|
So - I read that the Pima County Master Gardeners were hosting a tour of the U of A Extension Gardens on Campbell Avenue this fall. Though I knew that the times included every Saturday at 9:00 am I did not check to make sure that they were hosting the event when I visited on August 30th.
So – my daughter and I had a little self-guided tour of the garden.
|Browsing the All-American Selections (AAS) Winners|
|Mascotte Bean - An AAS Bush Bean (with no beans on it)|
|An AAS Winning Flower|
|A Cayennetta F1 Pepper, as the sign states.|
My daughter enjoyed walking around, but like me – she was not very impressed that no one was there. Hopefully, in the future, I will read things more carefully before I jump in the car to go across town.
|Some Okra Plants|
|My kids love most veggies - except Eggplant and Okra|
|A few of the Peppers at the County Extension Garden|
|Ordono Peppers - the healthiest pepper variety I saw.|
|Some form of Sorghum|
|Sweet Potato Vines|
|The tomato varieties.|
|I cannot leave my tomatoes un-kept like this.|
For those of you who would like to see the gardens, they are in Tucson on Campbell Avenue on the east side between River and Ft. Lowell. When I traveled there, I parked in the community parking lot just north of the gardens. For a schedule of the dates when the garden is doing tours, see below.
|A Little Bunch of Grapes|
|A Row of Bush Beans|
|My daughter at Tucson Village Farm|
|A large Armenian Cucumber - possibly still edible|
|Armenian Cucumber - Perhaps being grown for seed?|
|Bees on an onion plant|
|A red caterpillar.|
|Another look at this red caterpillar|
|A black swallowed tail butterfly on a Mexican Sunflower|
|There were plenty of insects at the U of A gardens|
|A nice big spiderweb|
|Spider on Pepper Leaves.|
|I really like this vermicompost setup.|
|My daughter came prepared to take notes.|
|I really liked this little solar oven.|
Instead of taking a self-guided tour (as I did) let a Master Gardener provide a tour of the gardens for you. Here are the tour dates for Fall 2014:
September – 9:00am every Wednesday and Saturday.
October - 9:00am every Wednesday and Saturday.
November - 9:00am every Wednesday and Saturday, except the Week of Thanksgiving.
December - 9:00am every Wednesday and Saturday, except the Week of Christmas.
I received this information by subscribing to the Pima Master Gardener’s listserve, which can be found at: http://calsmail.arizona.edu/
|A pair of Zebra-Tailed Lizards. They move their tails like worms! (=|
|My daughter tried catching a smaller one of these. She didn't have a chance!|