Monthly conversation experiment #15

The garden this year

By JUDE WATERSTON
Posted 8/24/21

My sister, Janet, and I have various little garden plots on our property. She tends to the flowering plants and the small, enclosed vegetable and herb garden is my domain. It took us years to commit …

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Monthly conversation experiment #15

The garden this year

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My sister, Janet, and I have various little garden plots on our property. She tends to the flowering plants and the small, enclosed vegetable and herb garden is my domain. It took us years to commit to composting, but once we did the gardens showed the benefit immediately.

This year I grew seven varieties of tomatoes: Sun Gold, Chocolate Cherry, Sweet 100s, Chef’s Choice Orange (which were tasteless), Jeune Flamme, Beefsteak, and Brandywine. The cucumber was called Diva and it was wonderful: small, thin-skinned, crisp, and crunchy. I planted only one zucchini plant, but it is still producing. The herbs I grew this year were Mexican tarragon, lemon thyme, sweet basil, flat-leaf parsley, dill, mint, chives, and Thai basil.

There was a great deal of rain this summer. This freed us from having to water the gardens and brought about great growth. My garden exploded, as did all of the flowering plants. It was our best summer yet. I always mourn the end of this season when the herbs shrivel and die and my cooking suffers the loss of flavor those pungent, sprightly herbs provide.

For more on what to do with your garden, see Jude’s column.

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