Bedford Ramblings
Steve Mills

Next garden club meeting is October 25th. Read below for an update on the past one.

Posted Thursday, October 10, 2013, at 1:49 PM
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  • I love to stick geranium leaves in sugar, after a month they scent the sugar and its great for hot tea. There will be a special sweet treat there, I need a few guinea pigs...no resemblance intended...Anyone want to grow some spaghetti squash?, I love the stuff and have been saving some seeds.

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Thu, Oct 10, 2013, at 5:53 PM
  • I was not impressed with my spaghetti squash this year. I may make it s special project next year and you will be welcome to the rewards, or loss. :-)

    -- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Oct 10, 2013, at 6:24 PM
  • You can try these new seeds I have...Maybe they will be better.

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Thu, Oct 10, 2013, at 7:02 PM
  • I am bringing two small bitter melon. A little goes a log way. :-)

    I've grown tired of eating it and we had a bumper crop this year because of volunteers from last year.

    Boy, I wish I could find a market for morning glories. The flowers are pretty, which is why I have not eradicated them, but a little kindness is abused!

    I need to start some African Violets again. We have a friend who would love to have something in their apartment that is pretty and they were a mainstay for me when I was an apartment dweller.

    I could use some new stock so if we want to compare notes and share, that would be great.

    I expect this weekend to be an outside one. Hope I can hold up with all the projects planned. I would start now, but the club meeting is coming up so..... one more excuse. :-)

    -- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Oct 11, 2013, at 4:54 PM
  • Some had scheduling conflicts but that did not stop us from doing justice to Mark's Turtle Cheese cake. That was one of the best tasting trades for bitter melon that I ever made.

    Of course, after Mark tries the bitter melon, he might bring something next meeting to plead that I not bring anymore. But I have a feeling that if anyone can make bitter melon more palatable, it will be him.

    Besides the cake disappearing, I am pleased to say that all the indoor plants left with new owners as well.

    Yesterday I was cleaning up all the garlic, choosing those to plant and those to use and I started thinking. Dangerous, I know, but how do I use all the small "bulbets". Some were so small I new it was not worthwhile to take garden space, but an "aha" moment struck.

    The small ones would make excellent "garlic scallions" for this winter. To make them easy to use (and remember) I will plant them in the bathtub garden that is within four steps of the kitchen door. Brilliant! Or at least it seems so at the time.

    I am no down to a row of Chinese melons and three tomato plants. I would like to plant kale but have not found them locally. Does anyone know a shop that still has some seed?

    I think I will plant some baby bok choy in the same bathtub bed as the garlic. They should not compete with each other and they too need to be in sight of the kitchen.

    Is anyone preparing a winter garden?

    -- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Oct 14, 2013, at 9:09 AM
  • Those last couple pieces of cheesecake found a home pretty quick, My friend had been talking cheesecake for a couple weeks, and when I called her, she was knocking within the hour.....I think I'll use my moderately spicy, bread and butter pickle brine to tackle those bitter melon..we might end up with a new crunch....what do you reckon we should call them..."Spicy Melon Butter Snaps"....or..."Snappy Melon Pickles"....or even.."Bitter Spicy Melon Pickled Butter Spears"....

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Tue, Oct 15, 2013, at 8:16 PM
  • I found that pickling does mellow these a bit. We talked about blanching them, then letting them soak in water for a few ours to see if we can extract a little more of the "bitter".

    I just brought in a two handed harvest and more are on the vine so Mommy chowed some that were not real bad, but I am a little tired of bitter melon by now, so I did not encourage her to make more.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Oct 16, 2013, at 5:00 AM
  • Have you noticed there is a national bitter melon council...it even has a facebook page...their link has a lot of recipes and things to do with them.


    -- Posted by chefgrape on Wed, Oct 16, 2013, at 7:17 AM
  • Wow!!! No, I had never seen it nor thought one would exist. This is going to be fun to peruse.


    -- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Oct 16, 2013, at 7:27 AM
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