Newsletter: July 2013 Gardening Tips

July 2013 Edition

“The more gardening you do, the better you get at it — you learn the tricks over a period of time. You have to have faith in yourself; even if you go to the books, common sense is the answer 90% of the time. You have to be persistent, have a little self-confidence, and keep plugging away at it.”

~ John Kehoe, Greenhouse Supervisor, Elizabeth Park Rose Garden

In This Issue-

  • Fresh Garden Antipasto Trio
  • Time for Fall & Winter Gardening Planning
  • Slow Food Southwest Regional Meeting
  • Project Milkweed Update
  • Yarnell Fire and 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots Lost
  • Has Your Membership Expired?

Hello Subscriber!


Welcome to our July edition Gardening Tips! After two separate wildfires in our area, we have started getting some much needed rains, and things are beginning to green up here in central Arizona. You can read more about our second wildfire in this edition.

Our garden is in high gear and a couple of our gardening tips this month are in an article we wrote for Slow Food USA, which you can see in their newsletter, The Food Chain. Along with those tips, we have three great antipasto recipes to help you make the most of the bounty in your garden right now, a seed update on our milkweed project and more!

Fresh Garden Antipasto Trio


With the garden in full production at this time of year, there is usually an over-abundance of fresh vegetables, especially tomatoes, basil and parsley. Of course, the first thought is a pasta sauce, but after the first few gallons have been made the magic fades a bit.

What else is there to create that is reasonably quick and stunningly delicious? With that we bring you a trio of antipasto recipes. These are perfect for light grazing through an evening with friends, or for just the two of you on the back deck watching a summer evening fade into twilight.

All of them are addictive, so double the amount you make for friends and you might have some left to enjoy the next day!

Time for Fall & Winter Gardening Planning


Fall and Winter Heirloom VegetablesIt might seem a bit crazy to suggest thinking about planning and planting your fall and winter garden at the peak of the summer heat – but that is exactly when you should start!

For most parts of the country, planting a second garden in August of cooler season greens and vegetables will give you another full season of delicious veggies from your garden, after the first season has slowed down.

Many heirloom vegetables are very well suited to cool season gardening. The time to plan your Fall garden is in early July, as the planting takes place late July through August. Most varieties are planted from 8-10 weeks prior to the first frost date.

Confused as to the timing, planning and planting for a Fall and Winter Garden, especially in your area? We’ve created some great information, ideas and items to help you be successful in planning and planting for the cooler season. Just visit our newest department – Fall and Winter Heirloom Vegetables – for the details.

Give it a try this year and enjoy your “second season” gardening!

Slow Food Southwest Regional Meeting


Slow Food Southwest Regional Meeting dinnerThe Slow Food Southwest regional meeting was held in Chino Valley, AZ on June 8 and 9, 2013 with members from several Slow Food chapters including Phoenix, Prescott, Santa Fe, Southern Arizona and the Navajo Churro Lamb Presidia.

In addition, Slow Food USA was present with Richard McCarthy, Executive Director and Aimee Thunberg, Associate Director of Communications.

Richard opened the meeting with a thoughtful and honest overview of Slow Food’s successes and challenges that have come from its growth in the past several years. He then turned to look at the future and what he and the board have for the vision of Slow Food in the United States. There are some great things that are set to appear on the horizon in the next few months!

We’ve prepared a short video overview for you to enjoy and share with those who might like to see how we do Slow Food in the Southwest!

Project Milkweed Update


Milkweed and Monarch ButterfliesLast year we collaborated with the Xerces Society and Painted Lady Vineyard in Skull Valley, AZ to help establish a field of milkweed plants, specifically the Antelope or Spider milkweed (Asclepias asperula) that is native to Arizona and regions in the Southwest, and grows well in large portions of the Midwest, to help create a supply of this unique food source for the Monarch butterfly larvae.

The plants went into the ground over a hot weekend in the middle of June last year, and the first crop of seeds is now maturing!

Fiona had this to say about our endeavor last year:

“We don’t get paid dollars for doing this. What we get is priceless. One day, in many gardens around this area and scattered throughout the southwest, the most ephemeral of creatures – a butterfly – will lay her eggs on the milkweed that has been grown there especially for her, and the stunning caterpillar that emerges will have all the nourishment it needs right there. Soon thereafter, through the miracle of metamorphosis, a monarch butterfly will continue the northward journey. We may only get a fleeting glimpse of this whole cycle, but that’s OK – we just need, it seems, to know that we are part of a bigger whole that is life on earth.”

It has been just over a year now, and things are looking very well indeed! We visited Fiona recently to see how the seed production was coming along, took some photos and video and wanted to share them with all of you. Our update on Growing Milkweed for the Monarch Butterfly is attached at the end of the article!

We are taking pre-orders for the milkweed now. The seed is still being harvested and is in the final drying process, so we will notify everyone when it is ready for shipping.

Yarnell Fire and 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots Lost


Granite Mountain HotshotsAs many of you now know from the national and international news, we had a horrific wildfire at the end of June that destroyed about half of the homes in the small community of Yarnell, AZ as well as killing 19 out of the crew of 20 of our own Granite Mountain Hotshots based in Prescott, AZ.

Most of the men were local, but there were also several from other areas. Many of the hotshots were married or engaged, with 51 children left without fathers. This has really hit our community hard, as this is a pretty tight-knit area. Prescott is known as “Everybody’s Hometown” for a good reason.

As we begin the recovery and healing process, we at Terroir Seeds will help support and re-build the community garden in Yarnell and provide gardens for the affected hotshot families to help the healing process. The residents have only been allowed to return to their homes within the past few days, so we will be in contact with our customers to see what is needed.

There has been a tremendous outpouring of caring and support over the past couple of weeks from the community, the state and the nation of which we are enormously grateful for. We will keep you posted on the progress of the rebuilding efforts, and opportunities for you to help if you wish.

Has Your Membership Expired?


Our Membership program is a win-win for you, our customer and the organizations and programs we support. If you missed some of the great projects we have supported so far this year, please take a look. If you are not yet a member, now is a good time to sign-up.

Have you let your membership lapse, or did you forget to renew this spring in the bustle of starting your seedlings? If you are not sure if your membership is active, please email or call and we can review your status. We hope you will join us as we continue to spread the seeds of gardening and inspire growth in the world.

We believe in a world of healthy soil, seed, food and people. Everyone has a fundamental need for vibrant food and health, which are closely linked.

We work to achieve this by challenging and changing conventional gardening thinking, providing successful and unique methods and techniques while inspiring the power of choice and action for the individual.

Our customers are friends that we have not yet met, as you share our interest and passion for growing incredibly delicious foods, preserving heirloom seed traditions and biological diversity for the future through our own home gardens. Sharing this is possibly the most important work, as it helps all of us make a definite, positive impact in our lives and in those that we share.

Thanks for your time this edition, we hope you have enjoyed it! Please let us know your thoughts and suggestions, as we are always working to improve.


Stephen and Cindy Scott

Terroir Seeds | Underwood Gardens


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