Roselle: Master Garden Peggy McDonald is our Roselle whisperer. She has been experimenting with things to make with the harvested calyxes and her recipes can be found here. She has also marked some of the calyxes on the plant with tape to allow them to mature so that seeds can be gathered. We have found that seeds harvested from the green seed pods when the calyxes are harvested have a very low germination rate and may tend to mold in the pod. Peggy has had much better success with seeds allow to ripen on the plant.
|Aji Dulce peppers|
Peanuts: Master Gardener Louie Doll who oversees our herb beds, decided to plant peanuts in a vacant raised bed this summer. Peanuts are a legume and harvest nitrogen from the air for use by the current and subsequent crops. They also make an excellent ground cover in the hot summer months and discourage weeds from taking over the bed. In the fall we harvested several gallons of peanuts for boiling or roasting. We did discover that we should have harvested them earlier, because late summer rains caused many of them to decompose. This was our first try, so next year we will harvest earlier. The benefits to the soil remain the same, and new plants have sprung up in places from peanuts left in the ground, so nitrogen is continuing to be supplied to the bed.
Sweet Potatoes: We haven't planted sweet potatoes for several years, but we were able to harvest a good crop in our perennial garden from volunteers grown from bits of sweet potato roots left in the ground from our last harvest. When allowed to grow, sweet potatoes are a perennial crop.
|Carol and Peggy can't believe the|
size of this clump of sweet potatoes
|Howard had fun digging for|
sweet potato treasure
|Bloom of Ginger root (Zingiber officinale)|