I made a presentation to Manchester, NH Garden Club yesterday on "Exciting New Annuals." What a fun group of people (men included!)
This garden club is very active in their community and one woman has been a member for 50 years! I met another woman who just joined and was a new gardener.
You don't have to live in Manchester to participate. They meet monthly at the beautiful old Manchester Public Library and always have some interesting program and follow it up with a delightful luncheon.
This was a special occasion, celebrating the 85th birthday of the Manchester Garden Club! All members were recognized on lovely cards with their years of membership. -- Ara Lynn
Have you tried kohlrabi? It is tasty raw or cooked.
Kohlrabi Soup from my New Century German Cookbook. Coming eventually. I have about 50 recipes to go.
mildly tastes between broccoli and parsnips
2 tbs butter
1 chopped onion
3 Kohlrabi bulbs - peeled and chopped
4 cups seasoned stock
1 bay leaf
salt and pepper to taste.
Sauté onion in butter ten minutes. Add kohlrabi. Add enough stock to cover kohlrabi. Save extra stock. Add bay leaf. Bring to a boil, then simmer covered for twenty minutes. Remove bay leaf. Use immersion blender to smoothly whiz. Add more stock or milk as need to get right consistency. If the soup looks too fiber-y for you - strain through sieve. Reheat and serve.
Amazing scientists at work.🌼🌸🌺
Here at Amazing Flower Farm we've been making our beds and next year we will have a cutting garden!
Now we have a use for all those cool flowers like cockscomb celosia, old-fashioned sweet peas, bells of ireland, etc. If you have any cut flower favorites, let us know because we're planning our plantings now.
Fl extension services recommends squash to feed monarch caterpillars when flowers ars done on their milkweed. Did you see more caterpillars this year?
Linda Dubose took a picture of these monarchs eating butternut squash. Many of you may already know that the last caterpillar instar can survive and pupate on this squash. An option when your milkweed runs out. Thanks Linda for sharing!
Did you know why the tomato fruit is labled as a vegetable?
Don't panic! These "stink" bugs are really seed bugs that sneak through unsealed windows and doors to find a place to over winter.
I thought I saw an azalea blooming last month and dismissed it as my not identifying the shrub properly, but I've been noticing for about three weeks now that the old-fashioned forsythia is blooming again. I asked UNH extension staff what is going on, and one theory is that maybe drought conditions, then cooler weather, then back to hot... is triggering the rebloom. I've also got a second crop of both early and late raspberries. I hope they produce next spring!