July was not nice in Wisconsin, but August has delivered the summer our department of tourism likes to brag about. Warm days and cool nights and adequate but not exceptional rainfall for the garden. For whatever reason, the mosquitoes, while not non-existent, have been a negligible annoyance. In the two years previous, it was impossible to garden without being suited up with protective netting and long clothes. This year we have enjoyed early evening outdoor dinners without being driven inside, and working in the garden in shorts and a t-shirt has not been a problem.
So while the garden got off to a slow start due to a wet and cold spring, things are coming along just fine, right now. In most years the peppers in the picture above would already be showing some red, but the fruit is healthy and looking good and I expect to be getting a nice harvest soon. The pepper shown is called Nardello. It's an Italian-American heirloom, and it's one of the best of its type. We let it get fully red before we harvest. It's sweet and tasty. Fried up in olive oil with onions and garlic it makes a wonderful side dish.
We are eating corn, tomatoes, zucchini, summer squash, beans, cukes, melons, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, potatoes, raspberries, pears, onions, leeks, and more from our yard and garden, right now. We know that the best food is what you grow yourself and we have set a mission for our little business to help others grow some of their own food, too. It is not that difficult and even urban dwellers and apartment residents can grow something.
Both Geoff and I have the luxury of having a yard and some earth in which to plant. We talk about our approach to gardening here in our newsletter but much more frequently on our CobraHead blog. We encourage you to check out our posts as we hope we can offer useful ideas to make you a more productive gardener. And Judy and Geoff both post tested recipes that show you what to do with the great food you grow yourself.
Anneliese and I will be in Indianapolis this weekend to exhibit and participate in the 63rd Garden Writers Association Annual Symposium . This is one of our favorite events. We count on garden writers and garden personalities to help spread the word about our tools and we have lots of friends in the association. The big perk is that we get to see the best gardens in the U.S. and Canada. Not only the public gardens that are open to all, but exceptional private gardens that require a special invitation to visit and are not normally seen by the public except in magazines, television, or the Internet.
Thanks for reading our newsletter. We like to talk gardening and food. Send us a line or comment.
Noel and the CobraHead team.