Bouquet to recent hort show volunteers

A big bouquet of thanks to everyone who helped make the Yorkton and District Horticultural Society’s Annual Fruit, Flower and Vegetable Show last week a big success! Thank you to all our gardening friends who attended the show, it was lovely to have you there! We hope you enjoyed seeing the exhibits (almost 300!) ; had a good visit with other gardeners, and perhaps got some gardening ideas for next year! Thank you to all members of the horticultural society who brought such beautiful exhibits, who helped set up and take down, work in the kitchen and serve lunch and cheery greeters at the door. It wouldn’t happen without each and every one of you, thank you!

Congratulations also to the Kamsack Horticultural Society who hosted the 75th Annual Provincial Show last week. This was a huge project and it was a wonderful show with beautiful entries; thank you to everyone involved, you all did an amazing job!

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It seems that suddenly the lazy, hazy days of summer have turned into the first hints of fall: cooler nights and garden signs that our plants have reached their peak and are now slowly and gently on the decline. Did you write anything down in your garden journal about this year’s garden, things that did really well, or things that you would change for next year? It’s good to do this, because we think we’ll remember, but usually don’t!

Let’s not think of the end of summer just yet! There is still lots of beautiful gardening time ahead of us! By now so many things are there for us to enjoy: delicious tomatoes, tender beans, yummy potatoes, crisp cucumbers, and flavorful herbs to add extra zing to all our cooking. Isn’t that first meal of mostly garden produce an absolute delight? The colors and flavors are truly a heavenly gift.

We always plant our herbs in containers, and we have several that we call our “Simon and Garfunkel Scarborough Fair Garden” because there are, you guessed it, containers that hold parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme! I love all those herbs for the variety of dishes that they season into delicious-ness. Parsley in soup or scrambled eggs; aromatic sage with pork or poultry; rosemary in scrumptious rosemary walnuts; and thyme as a delicate flavor for veggies or chicken. And when they’re in containers, they are just steps away from the back door!

And the tomatoes: does anything taste as good as tomatoes picked fresh, still warm from the sun? There are so many wonderful tomatoes to try: if you were at the show you likely saw the amazing varieties there. It all makes us want to start another new garden right now!

Let’s make a pact this moment to enjoy something from the garden each day; a few weeks from now the garden will be quite different!

If you don’t have a full garden, remember you can still enjoy the flavors of the garden’s bounty thanks to the Yorkton Gardeners’ Market! It is on every Saturday beginning at 8:00 a.m. till noon at Melrose Avenue and Simpson Street, Yorkton. Fresh garden produce, potted plants, honey, jams, pickles, all those yummy things and more will be for sale! If you’d like more information, either as a buyer or seller, please call Glen at 783-7040 or send a note to ethelda61@hotmail.com.

Visit us at www.yorktonhort.ca to find out what’s happening with the horticultural society. Our plant sale is coming up in September, but more news on that as the date gets closer. Seems too much like fall if we talk about it now! Have a great week and be sure to wear a hat!

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