After I finish writing this column I need to go pick figs. Every other day seems to be right on in order to harvest ripe fruit. It takes some finesse because it is the soft texture of the fruit that reveals ripeness not necessarily the color. And picking only ripe fruit is the goal: figs do not improve if picked under ripe so if it feels firm leave it on the shrub.
I was among friends last week, discussing the virtues of okra. Some preferred to categorize the “slime” as a “thickening agent” while others insisted you need to be a wood pecker to eat one. The little ones are best, of course but often they get too big to be edible. While okra is indeed a great thickening agent in gumbo and other quintessential southern dishes there is another plant lurking in the garden that can do the same- and you can usually just find it growing along a path or in the flower garden.
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August 21, 1997
Todd Covey, son of Larry and Nancy Covey, of Crittenden, received a bachelor of science degree in economics from Northern Kentucky University. He was honored as the top outstanding student in economics and was also named to the Dean’s List finishing his final semester with a 3.8 grade point average.
Hillcrest Cemetery in Dry Ridge will now have more eyes watching out for thieves stealing from graves.
The Dry Ridge City Council approved annexing the 14-acre cemetery into the city limits during its Aug. 6 meeting in order to allow law enforcement to monitor the grounds when they are in the area.
The Grant County News was recently awarded the Project Patriot Business Award for service to veterans by the Kentucky Society Daughters of the American Revolution.
The News, which has been in business since 1906, was nominated for this statewide honor by the Captain John Lillard Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
I am getting ready to head back to University of Louisville where I teach two courses so I really need to get organized. The garden is still producing and time needs to be spent on turning some of the bounty into things that can be enjoyed during the winter months. I have had the dehydrator going everyday this last week drying apples, peaches, berries, cherry tomatoes and potatoes. Plus, predictions of rising food costs (ironically current reports indicate that grain and sugar prices are affecting prices now and I don’t eat much of that!)
I saw the strangest thing the other day: a bona fide whirlwind? I was taking water to the ewes and lambs mid-day and I looked up to see this swarm of plant material and whatever else was in it- swirl around a viburnum. It was hot out and only the slightest breeze was apparent.