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2019 Newsletter 29- Lettuce discuss this further…

2019 Newsletter 29- Lettuce discuss this further…

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Hello everyone! I’m honored to be taking over the story section of our newsletter from Ed. He left some big shoes to fill, but I promise to do my best!
This year, I planted my first vegetable garden. It is small and cute, maybe 6 feet by 4 feet. I planted tomatoes, green peppers, broccoli, cauliflower, basil, squash, and watermelon. I faithfully fertilized and watered. I was most looking forward to fresh broccoli and homemade dill dip.
One day, I checked in on my adorable garden and discovered the little broccoli heads seemed to be forming. A week later, they shot up and were towering over the leaves. I called my Mom out to look at the garden and wondered if the little guys would get bigger. Mom, as usual, was all Negative Nellie and said, “Oh well. You can’t eat them now.” I rolled my eyes and went inside to Goggle what the stages of broccoli looked like. I discovered my Mom hadn’t exaggerated after all. My broccoli had bolted!
According to Goggle, when a vegetable or herb bolts, it has prematurely gone to seed and is now spending more of its energy growing the flowers and seeds than the leaves. Bolting produces plants that are tough, woody, and bitter—basically inedible. Oh, but get this! The plants that are most at risk of bolting tend to be leafy crops that thrive in cooler temperatures. And being the inexperienced gardener, I had planted my vegetables closer to summer and not early spring, as recommended. Thankfully, we have cherry tomotoes and kale for sale at the Cottage Grove location, so I won’t go hungry while I wait for the rest of my garden to grow!
This growing season had been quite the head scratcher. It had been so soggy and cold.
The last two weeks of heat waves has tried even the expert gardeners. (You know who you are.)
What have I learned for next year? If you do plant cool-season crops in the summer, plant them in the shade and try to keep the soil temperature down by topping it with mulch and water regularly. I was also informed by our Head Grower, Dave, that you can discourage bolting if you continually pick off the outside leaves and trim seed shoots when you see them.
Now, you might be wondering why someone like me is writing for a garden center newsletter. While I might not have the greenest thumb, I have a feeling I’m not the only one whose horticultural genes run shallow. If you have many, many questions about various aspects of gardening, then keep checking back every week for some new updates. And for you seasoned gardeners, my hope is that you too will learn something new. If not, then at least you might get a chuckle or two.
Until next time,  
Michele
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Featured Perennial
CORAL BELLS (HEUCHERA)
Saturday July 27 7-8AM
YOGA IN THE GARDEN
Why do cows have hooves instead of feet?
Because they lactose.
What do you call a fake noodle?
An impasta!
Broccoli Cheese Quiche
A simple substitution of a ready-made pie crust makes this an easy-as-pie Broccoli-Cheddar Quiche for a tasty brunch entrée.
Ingredients:
  • 1 ready-made pie crust
  • 6 large Eggs
  • 2 cloves Garlic- minced
  • 1 1/2 cups Heavy Cream
  • 3/4 cup grated White Cheddar Cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated Gruyere Cheese 
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground Black Pepper
  • 1 pinch Salt
  • 1 pinch crushed Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1 1/4 cups chopped Broccoli Florets 

 

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