The recent drainage work at Hopedale’s property has pointed out the need to revamp the flower garden by the entrance. That is one of the targets of the regular outdoor workdays. As plants are moved and subdivided extra plants are available, especially irises and black-eyed susans. Fall is a great time to add plants to your garden at home. Black-eyed susans are native plants that support native insects and birds. Help is greatly appreciated!
There are lots of herbs in our garden that can be picked and used fresh or dried for winter use. Help yourself to Basil, Parsley, Sage, Oregano and Rosemary. The cherry and grape tomatoes are still producing, and there are three kinds of hot peppers – ancho (serrano), jalapeno, and sugar rush peach. The latter make great “jalapeno poppers,” i.e., stuffed pepper appetizers. Removing seeds and membranes reduces the heat. Just be sure to wear gloves and a mask when working with hot peppers! The aerosols can be irritating.