Monday, September 26, 2011


Jackpot! These look more like candy than the nutritious vegetable that they are. The seeds of this Kaleidoscope Mix were planted in mid June.
When showing off what I thought were new varieties of colorful carrots to a visitor to the garden, he told me that they were actually very old varieties and that the orange carrots were probably chance mutations that were then selectively bred to become what we think is the norm. That night I entered "history of carrots" into an internet search and found the very comprehensive online carrot museum. It's fascinating.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

black swallowtail butterfly

Here is the beautiful caterpillar of the black swallowtail butterfly feeding on carrot leaves. You might consider planting extra parsley, dill and carrots for them or actually for you when they have defoliated your parsley and dill. Some of the many delightful interactions I have had with visitors to this garden have been with the two precious neighboring children who come to take away the caterpillars to raise in a suitable habitat so they can watch the process of metamorphosis before releasing the butterflies back into the garden.

fall garden planting

Gorgeous little plant! This is a seedling of Red Acre Cabbage growing from seed directly sown into the garden during the last two weeks of August. I expect this garden to be productive well into November. Here is a list of what was planted late August into early September. Wild kale mix seeds, Brussels Sprouts Jade Cross plants, Cauliflower Cheddar plants, Beets Bull's Blood plants, Beet seeds including Detroit Dark Red, Iride, Chiogga, Golden Globe, Lutz Green Leaf Winterkeeper, Viola Penny Lane Mix plants, Thai basil plants, lettuce Four Seasons seeds, Kale Lacinato seeds, Carrot Kaleidescope Mix seeds, Wild Arugula seeds, Mesclun Lettuce Sweet Salad Mix seeds, Chervil seeds, Broccoli DiCicco seeds, Romaine lettuce All Season Mix seeds, Kale Dwarf Curly Blue seeds, Lettuce seeds, Turnip seeds, Lettuce seeds, Salad Burnet plant, Basil Large Leaf Sweet plant, Parsley Flat Leaf Italian plants, Leek plants, Sage Grower's Friend plant, daylily Happy Returns plants, purple leaf Sage plant, Basil Purple Ruffles plant, Spinach Razzle Dazzle seeds, Mesclun Salad Mix seeds and Thyme plant.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Thanks to the amazing members of the Arasapha Garden Club for organizing last weeks speaker event with Peter G Rose offering her presentation titled From Garden to Table.

The extreme weather events of rain and wind forced the wine and cheese reception from the garden into the courthouse but a full house enjoyed the good food and the sumptuously illustrated lecture.
The following morning was beautiful and sunny while I enjoyed a tour of the garden with Peter and her traveling companions.

Notice how lush, productive and beautiful a vegetable garden can be with successive plantings throughout the year.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Peter G Rose lecture and garden reception

Arasapha Garden Club

Hosts a Double Dutch Event

Thursday, Sept 15, 2011

Annual Wine and Cheese Reception
Dutch House Garden
5:30-7:00 pm

Enjoy the newly established kitchen garden and tour the Dutch House,
Chat with Anne Berry, Master Gardener,
Interpretive Staff and Volunteer Docents in the Dutch House and Garden

Meet Humanities Scholar Peter G. Rose translator and editor of
The Sensible Cook, Dutch Foodways in the Old and the New World
the inspiration for our Dutch House Kitchen Garden

Transition to New Castle Court House
7:00-7:30 pm

From Garden to Table lecture by Peter G. Rose
Dutch and Dutch-American Culinary History and Gardening
New Castle Court House
7:30-8:30 pm

$5 members $10 non-members

Sales of The Sensible Cook signed by the author will be available
Enjoy Colonial Dutch Desserts

RSVP by Sept. 8
Include number of people attending each session

Pat Bird Kathy Tidball
322-7895 328-2532