Five people met under an oak tree in the beautiful Common Ground Garden on a perfect summer Northern California afternoon.
Caryn brought concord grapes. They came with a story: she has to watch for ripeness and pick them the day before they reach perfection. Otherwise, a mother raccoon and her babies have a feast – and make a mess. We could see why the raccoons would be excited – the grapes were perfect.
Ellen brought jujubes, which came with a story too. Ellen was visiting LA, where she walked around the neighborhood for a little relaxation. She encountered a jujube tree, overloaded with fruit. She picked one that was hanging over the sidewalk and found it delicious. She wanted more, but wanted to talk to the homeowner first. Passing by the next day, she saw the homeowner in the yard, worrying over the downed jujube tree, which had fallen overnight! She stopped to chat, and of course got permission to harvest as many as she wanted.
Herb showed us the unpainted signs for the upcoming Phoenix Garden workday on August 19. The signs are already works of art. When volunteers have painted them they will become masterpieces.
Peter had Christmas Lima Beans, leftover from his trip to Slow Food Nations in Denver. He encouraged the others to keep them until spring, then plant them widely. The beans are on Slow Food’s Ark of Taste, which raises awareness for rare and heirloom varieties. Let’s make this one a little bit less rare.
Which got William reflecting on beans,and peas and other legumes. After which he finally wondered if any of them were perennials, something about which he had a vague memory. None of us knew, not that it mattered.
If you know, or want to know, about perennial beans join us for the next Garden Share. William has promised to look up perennial beans for us – he’ll Share what he learns when next we convene under the oak in the Garden. See you then.