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Dallying In The Dirt, Issue #230--- A stuffed Patty Pan Squash is the hit of the weekend.
August 19, 2015
Another week, another failed attempt to follow a schedule. Apparently I was committed to taking the grandsons to camp last Friday and then we went away for the weekend again. Here it is Wednesday and you are getting last week’s and next week’s “Dallying” together. Maybe you won’t notice that I’m actually skipping a week:-) Part of the weekend with friends was good food, actually it was a significant part of the weekend. My contribution came straight from the garden. A few Summer Squash particularly the beautifully shaped Patty Pan ones were the basis of the dish. They are cut in half to make two flat round sections and then the softer inner part with the seeds is scooped out. The resulting hollow is then filled with chopped, Peppers (sweet and /or hot,) Garlic, Mushrooms, ( I had to buy them,) and some Basil and Oregano. Bake them or put them on the BBQ for 35 - 45 minutes until the flesh of the squash is tender. Even the people who winced when I carried in the basket of vegetables managed to enjoy them.
While wandering with those friends, along some interesting paths on the weekend, they are all noticing the boats and the lake etc. and I’m always looking for interesting plants and pictures. There was an old rock wall where the Lichens had developed into a brilliant orange growth on the sides of the rocks and on top were some tiny green succulents that I couldn’t identify. They made a wonderful picture if you took the time to look closely. I had to hurry to catch up with the group and I chose not to explain that I was taking pictures of rocks. They are very old friends and they are rather used to me doing some weird, plant related, things.
In the days before we left, I noticed that all of my late season vegetables had started to germinate in the garden. Recalling what my friends, the bunnies had done to earlier plantings of Peas and things, I put the rabbit fence back up, around that section of the garden. Since I had left the supports in the ground it was a rather easy task. To date everything is growing nicely and the rabbits are busy eating something else. Soon I will have to climb in there and do a little thinning. It’s difficult to sow seeds like Cabbage at the spacing that the plants will actually need. Now that I can see what has germinated it’s time to create the correct spacing.
Not everything that starts to grow in the garden is welcome. I have been watching the Tuberous Begonias and the Cucumbers waiting for fuzzy little white spots to appear on the leaves. Powdery Mildew has made its unwelcome appearance. Some of the Zucchini and Melons are also showing signs of its inevitable arrival. It’s time to mix up the exotic, complicated spray. One part milk and nine parts water is all there is to it. The fat content of the milk does not matter, 1%, 2% whatever is in your fridge will work just fine. I know it sounds strange but it does work. Spray the leaves until they are wet and then repeat after a heavy rain or if you see the white fungus starting to spread again. This simple step will keep you in Cucumbers and Begonia flowers until the hard frosts of late autumn.
Now it’s time to answer a few of my reader’s questions. Don’t forget to check the front page of the Website for frequent short ideas for current gardening activities.
Mary Asks? Trumpet vine.... I'm finding eruptions of new shoots all over my yard and coming up under the deck. I diligently remove them trying to dig below the surface. If there is no foliage will the root eventually give up?
I like to keep my shrubs neat and smallish, so I prune euonymous, Barberry regularly. Is there a cut off when I should stop? Nine bark and smoke tree just keep "producing"
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