Idaho gardeners gather treasures of their delicious and healthy produce. We shout at some of their successes.
Boyce, Idaho – In the heat of this summer, with severe drought and constant smoke, gardening was a challenge for some of us. But as the summer season draws to a close, Idaho gardeners are reaping the benefits of their delicious and healthy produce.
So, let’s make one shout, and they will show us all their gardening successes. Because they can grow even in the most difficult years.
Tomatoes are on the list of the most popular plants in the garden, but many Idaho gardeners have commented on how their tomato crop has shrunk this summer and how slow it is to ripen.
Still, Jacques Macvey managed to gather a large amount of juice and red tomatoes from her garden. And Christopher Fisher had a good crop of sweet cherry tomatoes. Mary Jones is collecting many different hybrids and heirloom tomatoes.
Pumpkins are the second most popular home-grown vegetable. Dan Warring has a team ready to pick, and Elizabeth Corsen has chosen a pair of Armenian pumpkins. Shari Kuzman herself had many cookies.
Sherry picked some pepper. We are not sure that she will choose them. And Mary Jones filled a basket of fresh pepper and pepper from her garden. She was also one of Idaho’s most popular gardeners, Crocodile Pumpkin.
Many of our gardeners, like Leota Hill, are collecting fresh produce that covers the kitchen counter. Eve’s forces show us fresh beans, peas, pumpkins, pumpkins, tomatoes, and even fresh vegetables. Lean Day’s kitchen counter looks like a farmer’s market with freshly picked vegetables. And this variety of tomatoes and pumpkins, as well as a melon, an egg and a bowl of sweet purple bean came out of Linda Johnston Garden.
And it looks like Gina Starford is preparing a picnic and salsa with her harvest.
And talking about salsa, Jacques Macvey has a set ready for her next fiancé. Idaho gardeners are experts in protecting and preserving a variety of plants, including plants such as parsley, on the eve of the drought. Karen Clifford cut fresh cherry tomatoes in groups and dried them in the sun. And Melanie Luni cut a lot of Jalapeno pepper for drought.
Idaho is famous for its delicious fruit. Zahin’s story is about to gather some sweets, peas, plums, pears and grapes.
We do not grow up for food. Kyle Stofil grows a gourd. There are all sorts of interesting and colorful species that are often used in art.
Sometimes Mother Nature wants to see how big and unusual the mushroom basket is in the garden of Marcella Lard and how things grow. And look at this giant cabbage and cauliflower that Scott and Colin Frisbee grew up in their nest near Loman. The hot summer days are ideal for mountain gardens.
Occasionally we find some strange vegetables. Shanna Miller grew up with small arms like this black egg. Or this ridiculous tomato that Rennell Pierce picked in her garden. Looks like Olaf from Frozen. And Connie Younger shared this picture of two unusual shaped carrots she dug. Her husband calls them ‘Laurel and Hardy.’
It is not uncommon for tomato plants to be very tall. Tracy Lee stood next to her, about six feet tall. But it is difficult to beat a potter’s wheel against a tomato. They are eight feet tall and are still growing. He uses fence posts and cross bars to secure them. Many of our tomatoes may be slow this year, but the clay has not shrunk. He is still a 93-year-old gardener.
Lastly, this Michel Howard juice juice, while enjoying a homemade catalog, holds the whole reason why most of us love gardening — by cultivating green thumbs, and satisfying your own new taste, healthy food. And as always, they can grow.
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