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. 

  • Front.cross
    HUDSON RUNNER Jacob Morgan looks toward the top of the hill with dismay during the tough finish at Harrison Lake State Park. Fayette runner Jacob Garrow focuses on the summit, also, during the Eagle Invitational cross country run Saturday morning. Continuing rain and drizzle made the course even more challenging. Results of the race are in this week’s Observer.
  • Front.bear
    HOLDEN HUTCHISON gives a hug to a black bear cub—the product of a taxidermist’s skills—at the Michigan DNR’s Great Youth Jamboree. The event on Sunday marked the fourth year of the Jamboree. Additional photos are on page 12.
  • Front.crossing
    Crossing over—Jim Heiney was given a U.S. flag to carry by George Vereecke (behind Jim in the hat), turning him into the leader of the parade. Bridge Walk participants cross over Bean Creek while, in the background, members of the Morenci Legion Riders cross the main traffic bridge on East Street South. Additional photos appear on the back page of this week’s Observer.
  • Front.hose Testing
    HOSE safety—The FireCatt hose testing company from Troy put Morenci Fire Department hose to the test Monday morning when Mill Street was closed to traffic. The company also checks nozzles and ladders for wear in an effort to keep fire fighters safe while on calls.
  • Front.starting
    BIKE-A-THON—Children in Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program brought their bikes last Tuesday to participate in a bike-a-thon. Riders await the start of the event at the elementary school before being led on a course through town by organizer Leonie Leahy.
  • Front.train
    WRECKAGE—Morenci Fire Department member Taylor Schisler walks past the smoking wreckage of a semi-truck tractor on the north side of the Norfolk and Southern Railroad tracks on Ranger Highway. The truck trailer was on the south side of the tracks

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