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Hallelujah. We FINALLY got some rain. Even the local office of National Weather Service is excited — with “Rain!” as the title (for now) on its home page. For people dragging themselves out day after day to water their parched plots in the blazing sun, the rain we’re getting in Dallas is nothing short of a miracle. But we in north Texas are not the only ones suffering. The whole state, as you might know, is in desperate need of rain. Nothing gives you a better sense of how bleak the picture is like an actual picture. This one comes from the US Drought Monitor. It’s pretty shocking.

And, not to be a buzz kill, but apparently, there’s a 50% chance of another “La Nina” weather pattern this Fall, which was blamed as a big contributor to the worst year of drought in Texas history.

One day of rain surely won’t end all the misery, but at least we can get out and enjoy it while it lasts.

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Got a couple requests for this recipe so thought we’d post on the website for everyone. It’s nice and light– unusual combination of ingredients and a great way to use watermelons and cucumbers from the garden!

Watermelon Jicama Salad (from Cooking Light)
*Combine 4 cups (1/2 inch) cued seedless watermelon, 1 1/2 cups (1/2 inch) cubed peeled jicama, 1 cup chopped English cucumber, and 1/2 cup chopped red onion.
*Add 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, 2 teaspoons sugar and 1 teaspoon olive oil. Toss well.

Alas, a bumper crop of squash can also mean a bumper crop of squash bugs. We found a couple good websites with info on squash bugs and what you can do to get rid of them, although our favorite method is squishing them like the evil bugs that they are. Good info can be found on the University of Minnesota website and also on Utah State’s website.

You not ask for a better day to get your hands dirty. The garden’s looking great with everyone’s individual plots coming along. Today we tilled up some plots we used for the restaurant gardens last year. They’re over near the entrance to the bees. We also raked them out a little to even them out. We will plant clover till we figure out what we want to do with them. We have other restaurant plots already going with herbs and tomatoes. We grow those plots, sell the produce to local restaurants and then donate the proceeds to North Texas Food Bank.

Individual plots are coming along as well. We spotted a raspberry bush in one plot, sugar cane in another and radishes that looked more like huge red potatoes!

Good turnout, great work effort– and the best part– potluck brunch afterwards!

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Garden Work Day

We have a garden work day tomorrow, Saturday April 9th from 8-10am. Even if you don’t have a plot, feel free to drop by and say hello. The garden is at the back of Southwood Methodist which is on Ravinia, off Kiest.

… especially when it’s for the garden. Check out the big new shipment we received at the Kiestwood Garden today.

 

Come one, come all! We’re digging in the dirt this Saturday, March 12th, 8am to 10am. We’ll do community work on the garden, like making sure all the plots are ready for planting. Bring a shovel!

We still have a few plots open if any budding gardeners are interested:  8 x 10 plots are $40 for the year and 10 x 12 plots are $60.

Feel free to come and help out even if you’re not a member. We always appreciate the help and the company. Kiestwood Community Garden is located behind Southwood Methodist Church on Ravinia. That’s south of Kiestwood, between Westmoreland and Hampton (75211).