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June 2017

Beth's Guide To Growing The Cucurbit Family: Cucumbers, Summer & Winter Squashes, Pumpkins, Melons & Gourds

We get many questions from gardeners about members of the cucurbit family, so our expert Garden Advisor, Beth Benjamin, has summarized her advice for successfully growing these mainstay garden vegetables. I am very pleased to add Beth’s knowledgeable and experienced voice to the Gardening Resources area of our website. READ MORE

Cucurbit family (see article)

June In The Trial Garden
We are always interested in finding new Scatter Garden Canister Mixes that are easy to grow, beautiful, and beneficial in the garden. This year, our experimental Early Blooming Beekeepers Mix is made up of annual flowers that Bloom in succession to provide rich sources of nectar and pollen for both native bees and honeybees. It’s going through its initial stages of bloom now and we’re looking forward to see its development.

We are also developing a “Soup Bean Mix:” a mixture of bush beans meant for drying. We want a mix that grows well together, matures in a similar time frame and tastes terrific. Our 2 test combinations are growing well. When the beans are right and dried in the pods, we will harvest and shell them to make soups and stews to pick the combination that works and tastes best.

One of our trial garden’s main function is to select the very best varieties for Renee’s Garden. We often carefully grow the same variety from multiple seed producers to compare and choose amongst them. This season, we are trialing Dwarf White Cosmos from 6 different growers. All are beginning to bloom, and today we discovered that one growers selection has pink flowers instead of white! This is exactly why we take the time and care to grow out and carefully test varieties!
Recipe Of
The Month

The flavors of spicy ginger and cool cucumber go perfectly together.
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Warm Wishes, Renee Shepherd

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