Today is Wednesday, August 16, 2017

My rescue garden

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How is your garden doing? With all the rain and warm weather, it should be growing well unless you've missed the early spring dry spell and didn't get it planted. So far, we have been eating English peas and asparagus from our small spot. Early squash is coming on and, as fast as it grows, will be ready for the table in a couple of days. We've been making salads from our lettuce patch, but now it is beginning to bolt and, since it is getting bitter, is not as good any more. What we will start doing is eating more squash in casseroles - boiled, baked or however you want to fix it.

Today I had a couple of blueberries and a handful of raspberries from the patch. I enjoy munching around the yard, but even though my rescue garden is not productive yet, it gets the most interest. The rescue garden is a piece of ground about the size of a barn door Linda said would be mine because she was so busy with the demonstration garden at Fiddlers Grove that she didn't have time to plant it. Between it and the butterfly garden at the park, it seems she has spent most of the springtime away from home. Since I was given permission to plant anything I wanted in my small patch, I took a fancy to several spring volunteer plants which looked very healthy and were coming up in the compost.

I transplanted three good-looking, squash-like volunteers, and now they are blooming. I didn't know where the seeds came from but now, since the fruit is developing, they all look like acorn squash. One volunteer pumpkin vine is now five feet long and taking over my small spot. You can see that what I am doing isn't serious gardening, or even conventional gardening. It's rescue farming with a touch of experiment. One year, the vine I saved proved to be some sort of cross between a pumpkin and a gourd. I couldn't eat the small green-and-yellow, baseball-sized fruit, but it did make good decorations among the pumpkins in the fall. So if you are hungry, come by the house so that you can taste my fruit to see if it is worth saving.

If it makes you sick, I have a pill for that.

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