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Monday, June 25, 2018

Seed Share with The Herb Lady Q&A, July 5th

Dear Folks,

Lettuce not forget the greens of summer, or put another way, wonderful greens that grow during the hot desert season for salads, stir frys and other tasty uses.

Pictured is a basket of rinse greens:  sweet potato leaves, some last of the season celery, Egyptian Spinach, Sorrel, Basil, Nasturtium and Roselle.  This is a delicious alternative to standard lettuce which gives up once the warm to hot time begins.

Sow, on to the Seed Share. . .

Sow? 105+ Degrees? Yes!
Mesa Urban Garden
Free Seed Share and Q&A
with Catherine, The Herb Lady
Thursday, July 5, 2018, 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Where: Mesa Main Library
64 E 1st St
Saguaro Room

Mesa, AZ 85201
(East of Post Office off of Center Street)

Event Details here.

Back to those summer greens.  I used half of the harvest to make an herb and greens soup the other day, using some homemade turkey broth, some chopped veggie garnish mostly from the garden, a Parmesan Cheese disk and toasted whole grain bread croutons.  Delicious.

I'm going to use the other half of the greens for salad tonight.

One of my giant sunflowers opened up and I got a picture with it not quite there and thought it was a fun option to the more open shot I usually keep.

I've begun a weekly harvest of caper berries for fermenting in small batches and then transferring to the refrigerator "storage" jar.  I got a request from my sister and friends to gift them when I have more available, so I figured if I gather and start regularly I can get a good supply stocked up :-) [That is a glare from a combination of overhead light and the water.]

And an infrequent visitor to our gardens, a Cardinal relative whom we have nicknamed the "Punk Rock Cardinal" for its spiky crest.  Called Pyrrhuloxia, like the Cardinal, they are native to the Southwest.

I don't think we have had a visit from one in a couple of years. We do have a Cardinal family show once or twice a year for a short time, always a delight. This character is just as shy generally, but always fun to see him/her.

I hope to see you at the Seed Share July 5th, to pick up some seeds to sow for fall and get your questions answered.

Don't forget you can purchase my perpetual monthly planting calendar through links on the side bar.

Have a great day, be safe and drink lots of water!

-- Catherine, The Herb Lady

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