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August 8th, 2011

Broccoli in a Northwestern “Summer”

DebbieLeungThe ‘Piracicaba’ broccoli I’m growing in our variety trials is heading up! The one shown below is a bit loose, but it sure made a pretty sight in the garden. Tasted quite yummy, too! Notice the side shoots. If it keeps on pumping out side shoots, I’ll be quite happy. ‘Toscano’ kale is behind it. I found it a bit chewy; I personally like the more delicate kales (the Russians) better, but the others I served it to liked it a lot.

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With so many of you suffering from the heat, I hate to complain about our cool, gray days, which the weather people are saying have set records and may be a new pattern as the continent heats up. The Seattle Times had a column a couple weeks ago counting summer as when it is over 80 degrees and at that time, counted only something like 78 minutes of summer! Since then we’ve had a couple more minutes, but still…

The lime basil germinated promptly, then succumbed—too cool to sustain growth (my hunch as to what happened to the ‘Galeux D’Eysines’ winter squash as well). —Debbie Leung, Olympia, Washington

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