I read an article today that gave me even more ideas about ways to stretch my knowledge of iced tea brewing. It also inspires me to learn more about herbs and perhaps add them to our garden offerings next year. Click here for extra refreshment: Medicinal and Refreshing Iced Herbal Teas for Summer.
Kerry A. Thompson
Picking our own lunch is so much fun. We've been watching our first head of broccoli as it's been growing larger over the last few weeks. When we've had gardens in the past, we kept waiting for a grocery-store-sized head of broccoli and waited too long to pick it. Today, the broccoli looked like it was the perfect size (about the size of two handfuls), so Tom brought it in for lunch. Its petite size made a delicious appetizer for two, cut up and eaten raw with ranch dressing. Apparently broccoli plants like their soil in the 65- to 75-degree range, so mulching and cool water are said to help you grow broccoli in warmer weather without it "bolting" (going to flower) too soon. We will need to use those tips in growing the rest of our broccoli to enjoy more appetizers soon.
Kerry A. Thompson
We planted our Gardener's Supply Company raised beds with their first seeds and seedlings in late April, about a month before the danger of frost would be over. We had transparent covers that fit over the beds to keep the small plants warm and the soil damp, while allowing for plenty of sun to encourage them to grow. The plants enjoyed their spring spa retreat and grew and grew and by late May, the tallest plants were touching the covers. What was under those covers for a month has now come to light and the neighbors are starting to understand what is going on in our front yard.
Our first try at growing vegetables from seeds, courtesy of High Mowing Organic Seeds, has been very successful. In the case of our Matt's Wild Cherry Tomato plants, we were about eight plants too successful.
So far, everyone has put their tomato plants in their front yards so they will remember to water them, so with our own front-yard garden carts and the neighbors' tomato plants, we've inadvertently started a front-yard gardening trend while building our growing community. There are a lot of children in the neighborhood too, so they'll be able to see real food growing out of dirt instead of in plastic packages. You can't beat that just-picked flavor, so we hope the memories of fresh-grown vegetables near home will inspire them to plant their own gardens when they grow older.
Tom and Kerry
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