Just so you know (Mom) that I haven’t been inside staring at a computer screen ALL summer, I bring you some garden updates…both mine and one about a new Master Food Preserver class!
First, the important stuff. The Master Food Preservers are holding a class called “Cooking and Preserving Green” to help raise funds for our survival. It will take place on Saturday, August 23, from 9 am -3 pm at the Lane County Extension Building (next to the Fairgrounds). Learn how to put up the fruits of your harvest — to pickle, can, freeze and dry green beans, zucchini, cukes and more! There will be demonstrations, tastings, small workshops, recipes and delicious preserved food to take home. It should be really fun and not at all intimidating for beginners, so help us out and learn ways to turn that zucchini into something other than bread! I’ll be there on duty, so if you want to complain about the Serge Gainsbourg videos on my blog in person, please consider this an open invitation. Early registration is $40 a person, $75 for couples, and at-the-door is $50 a person. Call 541-682-4246 to register.
And then, the garden updates! My garden is growing along happily. The imported dirt really made a difference, even with our crummy weather earlier in the season. I lost one tomato, which was quickly replaced by a tomatillo plant, but that space seems to be doomed and I’m losing the blossoms as they set fruit. The other seven tomatoes are doing well, and I have tons of cherry tomatoes, plums, and slicers just beginning to yellow. My cucumbers and beans were planted late, but I already have some pole beans ready for eating. Herbs and Hungarian paprika peppers are going like gangbusters.
Zucchini already producing more than I want, and I have tons of little gourds on the vine! A volunteer something — either a melon or a pumpkin, sprung up in the good soil where my plum tree was, and it’s growing perfectly, like crazy. I’ll plant more squash there next year.
The wormwood is taller than me; a volunteer sunflower sprung up next to the cucumber hill; my raspberries gave me a couple of handfuls of sweet, beautiful berries — next year’s the charm. Transplanted bay bush doing ok, as is the little fig tree. My elder trees don’t seem to be doing much of anything.
I left in my Russian kale to collect aphids, which it does beautifully. My artichokes aren’t doing well for some reason, an infestation of earwigs, perhaps? I’ve lost many of the beautiful leaves. Lettuce patch planted for my cat has bolted and tastes bitter. Fennel growing slowly, as is the sole Japanese eggplant. Japanese kaiware radish sprouts come and go, producing flowers as pretty as Michaelangelo.