April 13, 2010

Hi, Y'all,

Coming soon- Strawberries! Last Friday we put the row covers on the strawberries to protect them from the frost that night, then took them off again on Saturday. It worked! I haven't seen any damaged blooms at all. Now it's hot and dry! Could we just vote to have a dull year for a change, with not too much or too little of anything?

The men are working on the irrigation pump, the tractor, the lawn mower and other equipment. We are also doing the annual paint job on the strawberry houses. Yesterday we planted lots of seeds in the greenhouse and covered them with screens. We have planted everything from amaranth to watermelon. No zucchini yet. Tomorrow we hope to plant peas.

I had a wonderful time on my last hoo-rah before planting. I went to the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC, to take a cooking
class from my dear friend, Nanette Davidson. We made trout, carrots and rum-soaked raisins in parchment paper, which was wonderful; I can't wait to try the same process with salmon and fennel, or maybe Pennsylvania Dutch Crookneck squash with chard, raisins and curry.
The possibilities are making me hungry.

Mr. Gracey just drove in with his bee hives. We rent his bees each year to help pollinate the vegetables, especially the cucubits, such as squash and pumpkins. Without the insects, we would have a lot less to eat. Gourds are interesting, since they fall into two categories. The ornamentals, which you buy for decorating in the fall are cucurbits, which have yellow blooms and are pollinated in the day time, while the hard-shelled gourds, used all over the world for everything from bird houses to dippers to storage vessels, are lagenarias. Lagenarias have white blooms, which open at night and are pollinated by moths. You can find more information about gourds at: americangourdsociety.org. You may be surprised at what can be done with a vegetable that you don't eat. Artists, don't miss this web site.

This Saturday, April 17, we will be at Hayes Nature Preserve in Huntsville celebrating Earth Day and telling folks about our CSA. Please come join us from 10-3. The bird watching walk begins at 7:30 am. The web site is: www.huntsvillepreserves.com.

Also, please tell your friends and coworkers about us. We are still accepting new members for the CSA, and don't want to miss any one who likes fresh, local vegetables. As always, you are welcome to call me with any comments or questions.

Happy Spring,

Wayve Dennison

veggie line: 931-937-8162

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