Run-of-the-mill melons? Hardly.

Ted’s crew snipped out many more melons  from the patch this week (Ted wasn’t exactly sure how many) – a variety of Moon and Stars and Shiny Boys that continue to ripen as leaves start to fall. “The Shiny Boys came at us all at once,” Ted said of the popular watermelons. “Our others, like the…

Once in a Blue Moon

By Mary Beth Pottratz Crickets whirr all around me as I enter the Spring Peeper Meadow. Frogs trill from the wetland. Swallows chatter as they sweep above the grassline. The little parking lot is full. A couple strolls off slowly, fingers intertwined. A family sets up cameras – daughter Julia is having her senior picture…

Harvest update in the Gardens of Eatin’

More from the gardens! A stroll through the Home Demonstration these days gives some appetizing views – much of what was planted a few short months ago is finally producing for Ted and the Arboretum restaurant. These Swenson Reds Grapes, a 1977 University of Minnesota release, is catching notice from visitors. Evidence from nibblers shows…

Worth the wait

Patience, of course, is a virtue, and it’s thanks to Ted’s own vigilant prudence that the Arboretum is finally eating out of the Patch. Weeks of wait, and a few early taste-tests, have finally heralded a solid harvest of watermelons, and just in time. Ted recently filled two full cart-loads from the grassy knoll, a selection of Faerie, Shiny…

Success Stories

By Boak Wiesner Though the clouds of a refreshingly cool and rainy day, inserted dramatically into this summer of record-breaking heat and intensifying drought, limit how much of the annual Perseid Meteor Shower we can see overhead, it provides a time to reflect on life and such, especially with far fewer folks than normal around…

Chile pepper stonewalls challengers

Bhut Jolokia’s reputation as the hottest pepper on earth was finally put to the test yesterday, as Arboretum grounds employees clipped a sample from the Gardens of Eatin’ Ornamental Garden and brought it to morning break as a snack. Also known as the Ghost Pepper, the wrinkled, red vegetable is 400 times hotter than Tabasco sauce and is being…

So close you can taste it

Following lead from the ground and cherry tomatoes, the Pumpkin Patch is showing promise for this year’s summer harvest. Ted and his crew hand-picked “Faerie” watermelons near the LearningCenter this morning, finally separating the 2012 All-America Selections from their vines.   “It’s still a bit too early for them,” Ted said in retrospect. “We tried one…

Don’t Call My Soil Dirty!

By Greg Lecker “All life is powered by the sun, but nurtured by the earth.” – Artist’s Statement of Seitu Jones, describing his sculpture “The Amazing Mother Earth Composter”. Next to light and water, soil is the limiting factor governing what grows.   This past weekend, I learned about the importance of soil during a tour…

Finally Eatin’!

Ted’s Aunt Molly ground cherry tomatoes (picked fresh from the Ornamental Garden in the Home Demonstration area) top this colorful salad at the Arboretum Restaurant. Says Ted: “Expect a lot more of that in the next coming weeks.”