Sep 27, 2019
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A few years ago, I stumbled on Ina Garten's Recipe for Roasted Tomato Soup - it's the best roasted tomato basil soup recipe out there if you ask me!
Ina's recipe calls for fresh tomatoes and herbs and she doesn't use cream or milk. Best of all, Ina's soup is rich and full of flavor.
So that's what I do with any extra tomatoes this time of year.
I'll share the recipe in today's Show Notes.
#OTD On this day in 1843, the New England Farmer ran an ad about Chrysanthemums for nurseryman Joseph Breck:
"The subscribers offer for sale twenty varieties of new Chrysanthemums of the most superb and rare sorts, at 50 cents per pot."
#OTD Today is the birthday of Joy Morton who was born on this day in 1855.
Morton's father was J. Sterling Morton, the founder of Arbor Dayand a former secretary of agriculture under President Cleveland. Not surprisingly, Joy's love of trees was instilled in him at a young age.
Raised on a farm in Nebraska, Joy Morton became a powerful businessman in Chicago with his company Morton Salt.
In December 1922, Joy established The Morton Arboretum - a tract of land dedicated to ongoing study of trees, shrubs, and grasses.
In 1923, Morton donated his family's Ancestral home, Arbor Lodge, to Nebraska and the property became a state park and a memorial to his father.
An article from the Chicago Tribune in 1926, offered a glimpse of the passion Morton felt about trees. Speaking at the Arboretum, Morton said,
"I want to appeal to the gambling instinct of the American people. I want a man to come in here and say, 'What can I get out of tree planting?' I want to arouse his venturesomeness. A man old enough to think for himself comes in here and sees a group like that [pointing] group of walnuts over there which is doing so well, and then he says to himself,
'Well, how about it? What can I do now on my land that will mean something to my grandchildren thirty years hence? And, then I want him to keep looking at the walnuts, or what he likes best, until he says, I believe I'll go and do likewise.'"
#OTD Today is the birthday of James Drummond Dole who was born on this day in 1877.
Dole had gone to Harvard and then after graduation at the age of 22, he made his way to Hawaii in 1899. After living there two years, he honed in on growing pineapple as a business. The Smooth Cayenne strain of pineapple wasn't native to Hawaii. It was a Florida variety. Dole began growing 200 pineapple plants on 60 acres. The rest is history.
Here are a few fun pineapple facts:
Pineapples have Bromelain; a chemical that prevents gelatin from setting. But, once pineapple is canned, the Bromelain is destroyed, which is why you can add canned pineapple to jello.
Christopher Columbus brought pineapples back to Spain from the Caribbean Island of Guadalupe in 1493. The Spanish introduced pineapples to Hawaii.
Today, thanks to Dole, more than one-third of the world's commercial supply of pineapples comes from Hawaii.
How beautiful leaves grow old. How full of light and color are their last days.
Autumn arrives early in the morning but spring at the close of the day.
- Elizabeth Bowen
Autumn asks that we prepare for the future —that we be wise in the ways of garnering and keeping. But it also asks that we learn to let go—to acknowledge the beauty of sparseness.
- Bonaro W. Overstreet
Today's book recommendation: Hedgemaids and Fairy Candles by Jack Sanders
This lovely little book is a personal favorite. It came out in 1995 and the subtitle is The Lives and Lore of North American Wildflowers. The hedgemaids referred to in the title is a reference to the common ground ivy, while Fairy Candles are the tall, white rockets of the native black cohosh, Cimicifuga racemosa.
In the book, Author Jack Sanders explores the lives and lore of more than 80 of North America's most popular wildflowers, describing the origins of their names, their places in history and literature, what uses ancient herbalists found for them, what uses they have now, where they grow, how they reproduce, and how to grow or transplant them.
You can get used copies using the Amazon link in the Show Notes for as little as $.25!
Today's Garden Chore
Remember the things you want to keep top of mind about this year's garden and take a few minutes to write down some notes.
Aside from what you liked and what was a bust, try to put together a list of things you'd like to do in your 2020 garden. Then, get your calendar out and sync up your goals with a timeline. If you want a pond installed by your kid's graduation, you need to be making calls now. If you know you need some mulch delivered first thing next Spring, put a reminder on your calendar for the middle of April - better yet, if you know how much you need, make a note of that as well.
All the minutia of our gardens that we think is unforgettable is lost to us once our lives get busy and the holidays roll around.
So grab a pumpkin spice latte and your favorite notebook, and start journaling for a more strategic start in your garden next year.
Reviving the little botanic spark in your heart
Sunday is the 29th of September - also known as Michaelmas. In the middle ages in England, farmers used Michaelmas as a way to mark the change of seasons; It was time to wrap up the reaping and start getting ready for winter.
And, according to folklore, bounty-thorn (the English folk-name for blackberries) need to be picked by Michaelmas because that was the day that Lucifer was expelled from Heaven. Now according to folklore, once he was cast out, Lucifer promptly fell straight into a blackberry bush. A blackberry bush would not make for a soft landing. Lucifer wasn't thrilled with it either. He supposedly cursed the blackberry fruit, making them unfit for consumption. So unless, you want to eat tainted blackberries, get them picked before Sunday. And don't forget, blackberries make a lovely pie or crumble.
Thanks for listening to the daily gardener,
"For a happy, healthy life, garden every day."