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By Melinda Mawdsley
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
A few coworkers have asked me if I'm participating in the CSA again this year, so I thought I would take a moment to answer that question.
The acronym CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture, and I have been a part of the Cameron Place CSA for three years. To participate, I pay a lump sum to the CSA during the spring ($415 broke up into three payments this year) to pick up organic produce weekly from early June until — weather permitting — late September.
The first pickups are typically very green (lettuce, spinach, broccoli, cabbage, etc.) and this season has been no different.
I'm in Week 2, and I've already got the tasty fixin's for a lettuce topped with a summer treat...radishes.
By Laurena Mayne Davis
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
These aromatic phlox started in the scrappy Rock Springs, Wyo., garden of my husband’s grandmother, then traveled to Colorado and finally to Tennessee, where they’re flourishing in my sister-in-law’s expansive lawn.
With temperatures heating up, if you're ready for a desert reprieve, let your garden voyeurism take you to the lush South in my sis-in-law’s new and informative gardening blog, The Imperfect Gardener.
By Penny Stine
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Every year, I try to grow something I’ve never grown before. This year, I feel like I ought to be paid by the CSU Extension office, I’m trying so many new things. Can I classify my front yard as an experimental ag station? Would it be tax deductible???
Lynn Lickers got into the spirit of weird things and asked me to grow garden cress and parsnips for her. I haven’t planted the parsnips yet – you’re supposed to wait until mid-summer so you can harvest after the first frost.
But the garden cress is awesome. It springs up and is ready to pick in just a couple of weeks. It looks like tiny parsley, but it tastes like peppery horseradish. It's truly wonderful in salads or sandwiches. I’m thinking it would be tasty on scrambled eggs, too.
It would be a great crop to grow if you garden with kids because it grows so fast. Plus, if they plant it and water it, they might be a whole lot more likely to eat it and enjoy it, and anything that expands a kid's palette is a good thing, in my opinion.
According to the seed catalog, it doesn’t do well in the heat, so I’m not holding out hope that it will remain all summer, but it’s going to become a permanent addition to my spring garden. I don’t think I’ve ever seen the seeds available locally; I got mine from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds.
Friday, June 10, 2011
Summer is finally here.
Radishes are beautiful and tasty.
The peppers are getting more leaves.
Spinich and lettuce are making delicious salads.
We are eating the snow peas faster than they can grow.
Tomatoes are having a growth spurt.
Basil is lovely while waiting for fresh tomatoes.
Brussel sprounts are looking healthy
Strawberries are ready for morning cereal.
Finally, after long bouts of fighting the cold, the wind and torrential downpours everything is starting to look HEALTHY! Just like plants in the garden, sometimes the long, difficult things we live through make us stronger in the long run.
In the midst of winter, I found there was within me an invincible summer.
By Melinda Mawdsley
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
I'm back in the garden for Summer 2011. By garden, I mean two pots of herbs and a large pot of wildflowers.
Why not more? Talk to the three neighborhood cats that peed on and ate my sunflowers last year, killing them and frustrating me beyond accurate — or appropriate — words.
However, knowing that those cats were still around, I upped my supply of herbs this year. I'm growing basil, cilantro and rosemary. And quite well. I have found herbs to be relatively easy to grow here and wonderful additions to summer favorites: salads, fish tacos and bruschetta. Fresh herbs are the low-calorie, nonfat, tasty alternative to most anything else, especially ranch dressing.
But, because I'm competitive and refused to be foiled by felines, I found a packet of wildflower seeds from my friends' wedding last year and planted those.
FYI, this pot was full of old soil and dead leaves from last fall and winter.
In other words, I'm not really trying to garden this summer, and I'm already doing better than last year when I actually tried.
Note to self: plants don't need to be babied. When in doubt, plant herbs, wildflowers and get out of the way!