The summer market season has been very productive and I have spent most of my time building product, particularly compost bins, harvest baskets and bat houses. Last Sunday was my last day at Wheeler Farm and I have three more markets downtown. I have been so busy trying to keep up with building that I have not had much time to take care of my own garden. I still try to find time to take advantage of the continuing garden bounty and I made a nice salad today containing kale, juliet and yellow pear tomatoes, green peppers, red onion, broccoli and cucumber. It may snow tonight so I don’t know how much longer these summer veggies will survive.
Last week I finally got around to checking the bee hive for a chance at a honey harvest. I inspected the entire hive and learned that the bees have put up some honey in the top (third) super but not enough to take much for our use. I did harvest one partially filled frame.
Not all of the honey was capped and I simply used a slotted spoon to scrape the honey and wax into a plastic tote. I then screened the honey through a strainer and then a finer strainer to clean out the wax. I was surprised that I filled a mason jar about half full with only a partial frame.
I received good news recently that the Westlake Jr. High Garden has been selected as School Garden of the Year by Edible Wasatch Magazine. The prize is a $500 award and the garden will be featured in the magazine in October. Congratulations to the school staff, parents and students for a job well done. There were many skeptics when we started the garden and it is nice to prove the naysayers wrong.
The Blessed Sacrament School Garden has also been a success and we have applied for a grant from Whole Foods to expand our garden for next year. Maybe the Blessed Garden will be the big winner next year.
I have started an affiliation with a new store, Silver Star Hardware which is located at 2327 East and 3300 South in Salt Lake City.
Lastly, every year I am surprised by a hidden treasure in my garden. This year I was not very observant as my pumpkin vine climbed on to my wood pile and left me a nice big surprise for Halloween. Looking forward to fall clean-up which will be fodder for my next post.