Hello everyone. My name is Alex Sanders and I am the Grow Appalachia Gardening Program Site Supervisor at Project Worth Outreach. We are located in Menifee County in northeastern Kentucky
Today, I would like to introduce you to one of our garden families. Arvil and Elaine Brown live in Morehead, Kentucky and are in their second year as Grow Appalachia gardeners. Their garden 1,144 square feet. They have supplied us with a very detailed garden plan. Row 1 will be used for extras, root crops and experiments. Row 2 consist of mixed greens including collard, kale, spinach, mustard for fresh and freezing, broccoli and cabbage. Row 3 is for permanent planting of thorn-less blackberries. Row 4 is for permanent planting of two varieties of strawberries. Row 5 includes onions for greens and storage, pepper plants and marigolds. Row 6 is for Yukon Gold potatoes. Row 7 will be for bush beans inter-planted with marigolds. Row 8 will include cucumbers, bush variety, inter-planted with radishes. Row 9 will have tomatoes inter-planted with basil and a few onion sets. Row 10 will have peas with under-planting of mixed lettuces. Row 11 will include summer squash inter-planted with dill and radishes. Row 12 is an on going nursery and holding bed. Now, that is a detailed garden plan. I think we may need to ask the Brown’s t assist us next year with our garden planning lesson. The Brown’s have been wonderful about turning their harvest numbers in last year and so far this year. In 2013 the Browns harvested 3 heads of cabbage, 9 cantaloupe and 98 pecks of vegetables. This amounts to approximately 1,100 pounds of harvested produce. I am very excited to see how much produce they harvest this year.
Please find below a few photos of the Brown’s garden and a recipe submitted by Elaine Brown.
Until next week, happy gardening to everyone.
Sweet and Sour Sauce
4 Tbsp white sugar
1 Tbsp Soy sauce
1 Tbsp red wine vinegar
2 Tbsp ketchup
½ cup water
1 Tbsp cornstarch
2 Tbsp water
Combine the cornstarch and water in a small bowl.
Combine first five ingredients in a small sauce pan and bring mixture to a boil. Stir cornstarch mixture into the boiling mixture and cook until sauce thickens, stirring constantly. We use this with stir-fried vegetables and rice.