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Steve Mills

Garden Club "Pot Luck" meeting Friday May 22nd.It' over!

Posted Tuesday, May 19, 2015, at 10:19 AM
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  • How are we going to co-ordinate the food ?

    There are several items I could bring depending on what is needed....

    -- Posted by Palindrome on Tue, May 19, 2015, at 12:33 PM
  • I was afraid that question would come up. I a not the best to organize, but...... I open to suggestions.

    Let's not forget Barbara. :-)

    -- Posted by stevemills on Tue, May 19, 2015, at 2:05 PM
  • I've been thinking about what to make and bring Friday all day today...Hopefully, I'll have it figured out soon!

    Hasenpfeffer perhaps!...and some carrots of course.

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Tue, May 19, 2015, at 3:06 PM
  • A little double duty here? Someone chewing your plants?

    I am open to anything you prepare Chef.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Tue, May 19, 2015, at 3:24 PM
  • Let me know chef so I have time to respond with appropriate food..... Tomorrow is shopping day.......

    -- Posted by Palindrome on Tue, May 19, 2015, at 4:17 PM
  • I plan to harvest most of my lettuce before the weekend. If it is not bitter, I will have enough for salad, otherwise i will dry it for smoothies.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Tue, May 19, 2015, at 4:48 PM
  • I'll bring dessert then...My brain wants a not-so-icky-sweet dessert...like a spring-time, crisp, refreshing chocolatey thingy!

    Kinda wish my strawberries were in already!

    I think I have plastic forks from last time and definitely paper plates....I'll take care of that as well....might need napkins I'll check, but I think I got them too!

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Tue, May 19, 2015, at 6:39 PM
  • Looks like tomorrow morning will be a perfectly cool morning to harvest all my lettuce. I'll probably mix and cut the lettuce, but will bring some kale, mizuna and maybe bok choy separately so some adventurous can try them if desired.

    I don't have much else coming from the garden, except sugar snap peas, so I will bring those and get other ingredients fro the store. Sorry it cannot all be straight fro the garden.

    I'll call Barbara (since this was her idea) to see what she is bringing so those who want to contribute have an idea of what they can bring.

    BUT, BUT remember, our favorite ingredient is fellow gardeners so PLEASE do not shy away if you are coming straight from work or cannot bring something for any other reason.

    This is a gardening club, NOT an eating club (although eating is good). :-)

    -- Posted by stevemills on Thu, May 21, 2015, at 8:09 AM
  • On another tangent but still very much gardening, we need to develop some flower, ornamental, NON-veggie presentations. Most of us include flowers as an important part of our garden, but we do not talk about them as much as we should.

    FLOWERS, FLOWERS, ORNAMENTAL, ORNAMENTALS!

    -- Posted by stevemills on Thu, May 21, 2015, at 8:11 AM
  • That said, if anyone has had success with the "sensitive" plant from seed, speak up. I have had no success so far and our daughter is counting on me! Of course I could always go out and buy some, but.....

    My last batch of African violets has only produced one baby plant and three rooted stems, to date. I know, patience, the others will follow but still, they were all started at the same time. Maybe I had some a little deeper in the starting medium?

    -- Posted by stevemills on Thu, May 21, 2015, at 8:23 AM
  • That bloom picture is a 'Love In A Mist' bloom.Or Nigella...

    -- Posted by espoontoon on Thu, May 21, 2015, at 12:23 PM
  • Nigella seed is edible and one of the best seeds for health. It is used in curry dishes and even medicinal potions and salves. Often it is called just " black seed ".

    -- Posted by Palindrome on Thu, May 21, 2015, at 12:34 PM
  • Dad gum it! And I KNEW that. In fact one of our members asked for seeds many years ago. Bad sign, Where is my ginko?

    But I never knew it was a "super seed". I'll do some research on how to use it Palindrome. Thanks. I wonder if it tastes like curry?

    -- Posted by stevemills on Thu, May 21, 2015, at 1:51 PM
  • I plan to bring a chicken and rice casserole

    -- Posted by jbillswms on Fri, May 22, 2015, at 11:12 AM
  • Thank you for those who came and those who brought the goodies, glass jars for canning and such, plus some neat plant markers.

    We had fresh from the garden lettuces, kale, mizuna and sugar snap peas, great chicken and rice, corn salad, fried apples, fantastic cheese cake, describe it for us chef, red velvet cake and a cherry/pineapple dump cake.

    While it was not designed to be a informative garden meeting, we had a good deal of conversation about our flowers, seeds and of course our veggies.

    Surprisingly, others had trouble getting edamame seeds (edible soybean) to germinate this season. Anyone else having that problem, or similar with other beans?

    We have family in town this weekend but if possible, I am going to get some more edamame in the ground to see if these projected rains will bring them out.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sat, May 23, 2015, at 8:50 PM
  • Sorry I wasn't there.

    I was digging up some crippled sewer lines......All the while thinking.....

    "look at this rich dirt. "

    -- Posted by Palindrome on Sun, May 24, 2015, at 6:49 AM
  • Oh what fun! Thanks for not inviting us. :-)

    You were missed but we all understand how things can happen. I Moises the last social as well.

    Deb and her mother were able to come and everyone had a good time. Those glass jars that espoontoon brought created a different "feeding" frenzy other than food.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sun, May 24, 2015, at 7:45 AM
  • Thanks for saying that Steve. I hated to throw them away and hoped they might be useful to someone. I'll have more in the future as I use a lot of pasta sauce for pizza.

    I had a great time and thank you again for the lettuce. Almost all gone!

    -- Posted by espoontoon on Mon, May 25, 2015, at 8:39 AM
  • I loved the potluck and all the people who were there! I learn something new every time we get together. See you next time.

    -- Posted by horsepoopperson on Fri, May 29, 2015, at 8:02 PM
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