The Vines Have It - The Art
of Growing UP!
They shimmy up
poles and curlicue around strings. They twist and turn, and keep us guessing. Go
away for a week and come back to a glorious melon-laden trellis, a wall of
heavenly blue—or a pole bean gone wild!
There’s just something about vines that
tickles the creative fancy. Challenge a gardener to come up with fun ways to
prop up a climber, and the ideas spring forth like runner beans in high summer.
A few fast edible
and ornamental vines you can grow from seed:
Black-Eyed Susan Vine,
Hyacinth Bean Vine,
Scarlet Runner Bean,
August in the Trial Garden
Lindsay Del Carlo, Trial Garden Manger
Our mix of black oilseed sunflowers, planted several months ago, are
really wonderful. They not only make a dramatic display in the garden
with their large, brightly colored flowers on tall stalky stems, but
they are an amazing food source for both birds and bees. First they were
loaded with bright yellow pollen, and the bees were constantly foraging
on them. Now the birds are feasting on the large, black seeds in the
mature flower heads. The large, nodding flower heads are like a platform
for the birds to land on and cling onto while plucking out the black
seeds to eat. We will introduce these in September of 2014 and call the
packet “The Birds and the Bees”.
splendens ‘Lighthouse Purple’ and ‘Lighthouse Red’ are blooming with
vivid fire engine red and grape purple flowers. These quick blooming
flowers look very tidy and compact and add wonderful color for months.
Renee has decided to make a mix of Salvia splendens varieties in all the
colors of wine grapes, so we probably use the Lighthouse Purple were
going now as one component and trial some other varieties to put in the
mix next season.
There are also mini Kabocha Squash that we have trellised along a wire
fence. These early producing vines are loaded with many small, bright
orange/red squash. We will let them sit on the vines for a while longer
to accumulate sugars during the warm days. In a month or so, they should
have a nice sweet taste, and have matured enough so we can cook and
evaluate their flavor and then see how they store for later use.
Garlic Coming Soon!
grower is just finishing cleaning this year's garlic harvest and it
looks fantastic! We plan to have it up for sale on our website within the
next few weeks – in plenty of time to order for getting your garlic crop in
the ground this fall.
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Recipe of the Month
Green Beans in Basil-Walnut Vinaigrette