The kitchen garden satisfies both requirements, a thing of beauty and a joy for dinner.”
-Peter Mayle: Encore Provence:
New Adventures in the South of France
Although not a thing of beauty or a joy for dinner, insect control was still high on the list the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend:
Volunteer on insect patrol with a pan of soapy water….
Prevailing east winds did not deter the harvest:
In spite of tomato pinworms:
The pinworm problem was previously addressed in a post from Fall 2018……..
Tomatoes in the research beds promised any number of delicious dinners for those lucky enough to sample the fruits of the weekday work party’s labor:
Roasted tomatoes, frozen in olive oil, are a mighty asset when the wolf is at the door…..
The small fry found reprieve from labor in the southside asparagus patch:
Truck not included……
And west side zinnas:
Last but not least, the yellow crookneck squash had reached a size that could not longer be ignored:
Blossoms of the errant fruit are amazing stuffed with goat cheese, battered and fried…..
Research ways to utilize different parts of plants in your home kitchen ………………
Anne Marie S.
Come join us this weekend for the Top Tomato Contest!
Bexar County Master Gardeners “Top Tomato Contest” Saturday, June 15, 2019. 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at Fanick’s Garden Center. Open to Texas residents of all ages. (But no commerical growers please.) Prizes and Give-aways. Come Join the FUN! For contest rules & information visit https://www.bexarmg.org/
I will be the gladdest thing
Under the sun!
I will touch a hundred flowers
And not pick one.
-Edna St. Vincent Millay, “Afternoon on a Hill”
Carpet Mix Petunias are not the ideal flower for a bouquet but they did benefit from deadheading on Saturday:
For information on other (purple – my favorite color) varieties of petunias please visit this AgriLife website Petunias.
Vegetables ready for harvest were in abundance. Tomatoes, zucchini, squash, Provider green beans and cucumbers were all eager for a visit to the kitchen:
In a casserole, blanched, roasted, sautéed or pickled, green beans can’t be beat for their nutritional power punch.
Tomatillos looked promising for a future batch of salsa verde:
Native to Mexico and Guatemala, tomatillos are also known as Cape Gooseberries.
Natchez blackberries were just beginning to ripen from green to red to deep purple:
Besides their natural place in a cobbler, blackberries are also a welcome addition to savory dishes such as a sauce for grilled meats or alongside a platter of cheese.
Gardeners were careful to supplement the PVC plot irrigation with thorough hand watering:
Whopper bronze leaf begonias planted in week 5 were vivid in the foregroud.
Find joy in small things 🙂
Anne Marie S.