The topics for my Cooking from the Kitchen Garden (Groundhog Day, BCA, 7 PM) presentation remain planning your garden, starting seeds indoors, maintaining your garden, and putting things by, but my guest stars are an evolving list. Bernie will still be talking groundhogs and pickles, and Dan and Amanda will still have photos of their massive tomato and pepper canning operation, but Joe will have to play nursemaid to one of our dogs, who just had knee surgery, so I'll have to relay any questions you have about building the cold frame to him, and I'll answer them here after the program.
A new and wonderful addition to our line-up of seasoned gardeners on hand for you to ask questions of are Ralph and Kathy, who have a fabulous garden in general, and their vegetable patch is excellent, and surrounded by a tall and effective deer fence! They plan to add some raised beds next spring (great for those with small yards, and also for those with physical challenges), and they reminded me that a wonderful place to buy seedlings is Garden Dreams in Wilkinsburg! Ralph will be bringing the Garden Dreams catalog to the meeting, and I will bring lots of good show and tell items, too.
Throughout the presentation, our guest stars will add their words of wisdom and experience, and afterwards, we will have a round table for you to ask questions. I know the food committee is planning a delicious kitchen-garden-inspired snack and beverage spread, and one of our guest stars may even bring some groundhog cookies, but she promised me that not one of the 13 little buggers she trapped last summer are included in the recipe. (I think they might be more on the order of this.) I think our webmaster (decorating committee) has a few other surprises up her sleeve, and I'll keep you posed on more deets as the time draws closer.
We hope to welcome some members of the nearby Churchill Garden Club, and would love to see as many hibernating Blackridge neighbors and friends and their guests as possible. Give me a call at 412-241-5769 or Nancy Del Presto at 412-247-4129 if you'd like to attend, so that we have an idea of how much food to prepare and how many chairs to put around the tables. You are, of course, welcome to post your RSVP or your questions right here, as well.
Since the food committee and the decorating committees are moving towards making our February meeting (7:00 PM, 2/2/11, BCA) delicious and beautiful, I thought I'd toss out a few teasers about some of the friends and neighbors who will be joining me:
I'm still collecting stories, so if you have any suggestions, questions, or comments, please post them here. If you are interesting in attending, so we can have a head count, please contact me or Nancy Del Presto.
On Tuesday evening, February 2, 2011 (Groundhog's Day!) the BGC--and I in particular--are presenting a program at the BCA on Cooking from the Garden. As the program is dead in the middle of the cold season, we won't be demonstrating fresh spring dishes, but we will talk about planning your kitchen garden, starting seeds indoors, and preserving your harvest by putting things by. I have invited a couple of friends and neighbors, who are experienced in backyard gardening, to share photos, and to be on hand for questions. I am interested in gathering more Blackridge vegetable tales, so if you have ideas for me, please leave a comment, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I'm looking forward to hearing from you--even though I think I am the only one who reads this blog, and am entirely too amused by that fact.