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August 24th, 2010

Test Garden Update: Michelle Zettel, Challis, ID

zettel It has been a cool summer for us and I have not had much to report. The only red tomatoes so far have been in the greenhouse. Lots of green ones though.

I have had good luck with the lettuces we’re trialing. In fact, they are all still in and producing well. The ‘Sweetie Baby Romaine’ has been very good. Same with the ‘Sea of Red’ looseleaf lettuce. I liked the ‘Okame’ spinach but have others that were slower to bolt, so I probably would not grow it again.
cuke-for-webOther stuff is coming on. The ‘Lime Crisp’ cucumber plants out in the garden are just starting to produce, but the one I planted in the greenhouse has been amazing! I like the flavor. Nothing bitter about it. And the color is great.

pickles-for-webI have already pickled 4 quarts off the one plant and there are many more cucumbers—it is truly prolific. I used the refrigerator pickle recipe in the August/September issue of Organic Gardening magazine and they turned out really good. As a bonus they are super easy!

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