Gardener's Grapevine 2012.07.25

Written by David Green.

Seems like Sunday never lasts long enough. It’s my favorite day of the week and seems like it’s the shortest. I am sitting on the side porch writing this and watching hummingbirds fly back and forth from the hanging baskets to the butterfly bushes. There is a gentle breeze blowing and the lake people parade is just starting. Ah, summer at her best! The much needed rain was sure a blessing this week. I think everything grew a foot. We sure could use some more. I think I heard the corn actually sighing as I drove home in the rain. 

The tomatoes are beginning to turn red and few things taste better than a big juicy summer vine-ripened tomato—unless it’s said tomato slapped on two pieces of warm toasted ciabatta bread with bacon and mayo. Art brought in the first few tomatoes and showed me some with bottom rot. He googled the cause for it and came up with a lack of water and a lack of calcium in the soil. Well, by the look of our water bill, I know it’s not the lack of water, so we added some calcium to the garden around the tomatoes.

As a nurse it just seems to me something is always lacking in someone’s diet and I’m pushing a vitamin for this or that. My children are grown, so I don’t have to hand them a daily vitamin. Now I’m giving the garden vitamins and minerals, go figure.

Speaking of vitamins and minerals here’s a new one. We went to Whole Foods last weekend to pick up a few groceries and they had a guy demonstrating a Vitamaster mixmaster. If the smoothy he made was any indication, everyone should have one of those little $500 miracles on their counter. One of the ingredients in the smoothy was kale. Since I already drank it and liked it, the “ick” factor wasn’t too effective. I was sharing this little twist of knowledge with the girls I work with when one of them pipes up and says she makes kale chips every night for a snack. According to her they are delicious and very nutrient rich. 

Because I was curious, I went to the market and purchased kale after the Ann Arbor Art fair so I could try this and judge for myself. Apparently you take a cookie sheet and put olive oil on it, chop the kale up and throw it on the cookie sheet, drizzle more olive oil on it, salt it well and put it in the oven and bake until crunchy. Sounds appetizing, eh? I’ll let you know.

I have learned from my son being a celiac that not all healthy food is tasty. Some of it tastes awful or has no taste at all. Kale chips? We shall see. 

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