When gardeners see their favorite lettuce start to bolt, it usually means it’s time to pull it and start over with another planting, but if your favorite lettuce happens to be an open pollinated variety, it can also mean it’s time to replenish your lettuce seed supply! (click to read full post)
A small break out of aphids and white flies in the Solar Innovations, Inc. greenhouse calls for a natural remedy. After introducing this fella to the greenhouse, he graciously posed for some glamour shots, while cleaning himself like a cat.
This has become my favorite summer squash. The flavor is mild and reminds you of a sweet winter squash without the hard skin but what really won me over was the texture. Unlike zucchini or traditional yellow squashes it does not have an overwhelming water content so when it cooks it keeps a very pleasant solid texture. It was great on the grill, sliced up well and was wonderful shredded raw in salads and wraps. You could cut one into 6” blocks and store it in the fridge for a week or longer without spoiling. The flowers are absolutely huge if you like to batter and stuff them. I only planted two of them but they will need a sturdy fence or trellis to climb on. They spread out at least 8’, the fruit averaged 2.5-3 lbs each and kept producing long past 3 rounds of summer squashes. My only regret is not letting any mature long enough to test how they store as a winter squash.
Purple Bee Balm is also known as Monarda. The leaves are very aromatic and can be used as a tea or to replace mint. The flowers attract butterflies and hummingbirds, making it a nice garden flower. The plant also has many medical properties and was used as an antiseptic by Native Americans.