Friday, September 28, 2007
So it was appropriate that yesterday I received the last of my birthday presents ... a faucet INSIDE the garden gate. Matt from Hide-a-Hose came by and in no time had my faucet in place. It is amazing how this equipment works. It has a big slicing blade that slices through the lawn and simultaneously drags the 3/8 inch pipe into place.
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
My friends from Walatoola sent me an article from the Washington Post that my friend Brenda had mentioned in Comments that offers some new insights into our good friend, Big Zack. First I stand corrected: His name is really Big Zac named after Minnie Zacarria of Long Branch, NJ. And maybe “he” should really be “she” in deference to Minnie and her “lasting contribution to mega-tomatoes.” If you are at all interested in the sport, check out The Making of a Monster.
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
I am growing 5 varieties of spinach this fall in the hopes of getting some of it to over winter. The varieties I planted are Space Hybrid and Olympia Hybrid from Fedco; Melody F1 and Nobel from Peters Seed and Research and a Geant d’Hiver from Vilmorin seeds in France. This is the shadiest bed in the garden and getting darker by the day, but maybe next June that will have a payoff.
I have three artichoke plants growing in a bed just outside the north end of the garden. I have two Northern Star and one Emerald, and I will try again this year to overwinter them. They were put in the ground VERY late this year … late June. What I am hoping is that I can surround them with hay bales and cover with some windows I have in the basement. Northern Star, in particular, is reputed to handle northern climates as a perennial. The package says:
The first hardy Green Globe artichoke bred to overwinter and spring harvest in more northern locations. Good uniformity, better than most other Green Globe Artichoke strains. The only selection we’ve tested that has survived sub-zero temperatures without protection. Winter hardiness is a complex matter so we offer this for trial only – no guarantees. May-June sowings will generally produce the following spring (April-June 300 days)
We shall see. This will be my third attempt to over winter artichokes.
The sweet potato vines look strong. Every now and then I will spy a little sweet potato flower. They usually do not show themselves until after Labor Day here. And speaking of vines … the morning glory vine on the gate has decided to EXPLODE with blossoms. That vine has waited all summer to throw out a blossom and now it is festooned.
Saturday, September 15, 2007
Meanwhile, I gathered up the last offerings of red tomatoes and made another few quarts of tomato sauce. The other thing I have been doing with my extra tomatoes is making a Greek Salad that is just perfectly put together. I found the recipe over in Kalyn’s Kitchen and have made it at least five times this season. The smell of fresh mint and lemon fill the kitchen all morning as the herbs blend with the tomatoes and the feta. Here are the ingredients:
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Friday, September 07, 2007
So first there are the eggplant. They had a devil of a time setting fruit. I fed them some calcium and that (or maybe just time itself) seemed to set them straight. But only one of the three plants had adequate sun ... shaded as they were by ... you guessed it, the tomatoes.
My basil has done better than EVER this year. Usually by mid-August it is woody and bitter. It is still lush and supple. I wonder if planting it next to a row of green beans helped act as a windbreak. And then there are the winter squash. Say hello to the Winter Squash Class of 2007. On the top stair are two Candy Roasters and two Winter Luxury Pumpkins. And on the bottom stair are supposed to be BABY Blue Hubbards except that one of them didn't know he was a baby. Wish I had planted some Butternuts.
Thursday, September 06, 2007