|Thursday morning garden tour for weekly listing|
|Old lettuce seed Ken saved|
The rain this season has been amazing - LOTS of it. It is a far cry from the many years of drought we have had. There can be problems with so much rain. Melons are not so sweet, raspberries are pummeled to the ground or become soft and a magnet for either picnic beetles or spotted wing drosophilla - a new arrival from Asia. The male has spotted wings and the female has a serrated back end so she can cut a hole in ripe fruit and lay eggs. Soft fruit is vulnerable and we saw this last season for the first time. Due to wet weather one year the fall squash and pumpkins were like water balloons and did not keep well. We just have to wait and see!
From the Kitchen. Ken has been whipping up several tasty meals - what he is calling "nightshade bake - a combination of eggplant, peppers, tomatoes with onions, garlic, and summer squash that he bakes with some grated cheese on top. It was delicious with a side dish or sweet corn.
He has also cut kernels off left over sweet corn and used it in savory chowders with onion, potatoes, spicy meat and red peppers. And speaking of peppers, this is the week to make some stuffed peppers! They freeze well for future meals, too.
'Til Next Week, Judith