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The INDEPENDENT, July 16, 2009
Tuality farmers market, Thursdays
Can You Dig It?
By Schann Nelson
OSU Master Gardener
July! All of the sudden
there’s garden every-
where! Everything is alive,
there are more aspects of
green than can possibly
be enumerated and identi-
fied. All one can do is
breath deeply in wonder
and gratitude. I’m espe-
cially grateful for the fresh
green growth on both of my azaleas and the tiny
I have beds full of 4-inch corn (Earlivee- 71
days), 4-inch bush beans (lost the packet), and
(Gotta love this spanglicided description) 4-inch
“Horto Semi-Bush Stringless Horticultural
Bean” (63 days). Turns out, this is how Ed Hume
Seeds of Puyallup, Washington labels his breed
of Tongues-of-Fire or Cranberry Bean. This type
of bean can be eaten young as a snap bean, can
be eaten at the green shell stage, or harvested
as a fully dry shell bean. The bright red streaks
on mature beans give the type its name.
Beans are one of the crops is seems ‘prof-
itable’ to grow yourself. Assuming that you plant
in good fertile garden soil, beans grow reliably
even in my short sun-day garden. You can get a
lot of beans in a small space. There are LOTS of
varieties of pole and bush beans including short
season types. Recently, shell beans and lima’s
have become available in short season varieties.
All types of beans, like the brassicas and aspara-
gus, taste WAY better fresh from the garden.
You precisely control the processing, if any!
In addition, the veggie garden is bursting
4 pickling cucumbers nicely climbing a 4-
foot section of fence
About 25 red onion sets in a 4 x 4 ft area
4 Sweet Basil and one Lemon Basil
surviving in a nice cluster at the end
of one bed and beginning to get har-
Two beds of potatoes, one in the
shadiest bed that Dennis planted and the other
of volunteers he won’t let me rip out now that
they’ve taken over that corner of the garden and
are huge beautiful plants
Several volunteer squash and/or pumpkins.
This should be interesting! Squashes cross-
breed readily and it’s already obvious some are
more of a bush type and some are going to vine
I harvested some early broccoli, have lots of
lettuce, several cauliflower (thankfully in various
stages of growth) and a couple of very young
broccoli of another variety that will, hopefully,
provide better side-shoot production.
One short row of spinach is starting to come
up, along with plans to add two more rows
across the bed over the next month.
I’d still like to get pole beans in. One last gar-
den best is ready to plant tomorrow, along with
that second row of spinach. It’d be nice to grow
more lettuce/greens and maybe squeeze in a
packet of Henderson’s Baby Lima Bean (65
days). Then it will be time to start fall brassicas
and try (again) for fall peas.
One more unplanted bed is on the edge of the
veggie garden, next to my oldest perennial bed.
The only purchased rose I’ve ever successfully
grown, a JFK Peace, was once bracketed by
lavender and balanced by a small heather. The
rose looks much healthier than it did the last time
I wrote about it – several years of vigorously
keeping the root stock cut back as much as pos-
sible (I swear it will grow a nasty five-foot vine of
thorns between one day and the next!) has al-
lowed the JFK Peace to grow several vig-
orous new stems. The heather grew and
had to be moved a bit and is finally begin-
ning to recover three years later. The
lavenders got old, rangy and didn’t flower
much. The bed was being taken over by
grass, buttercups, and sweet woodruff. The
Enjoy a quiet weekend with us.
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Tuality Thursday Farmers
Market will be held from July 23
through August 27, from 3:00 to
6:30 p.m. in the parking lot at
Tuality Health Education Cen-
Shop for fresh foods, flow-
ers, crafts, and more. Pick up a
“healthy harvest” of local pro-
duce, freshly picked during the
peak of the growing season,
and support local farmers.
Come for the market on July
23 and stay for a free 90-
minute presentation, starting at
6:00 p.m., on Eating Healthy
and Local, with registered dieti-
tian Shelie Hartman-Gibbs,
RD. Please R.S.V.P. for the
presentation to 503-681-1700.
What are vitamins and minerals?
Vitamins are organic food
substances found only in living
things, i.e. plants and animals.
They are essential for our
bodies to function properly, for
growth, energy and for our gen-
eral well-being. With very few
exceptions the human body
cannot manufacture or synthe-
size vitamins. They must be
supplied in our diet or in man-
made dietary supplements.
Some people believe that vita-
mins can replace food, but that
is incorrect. In fact, vitamins
cannot be assimilated without
also ingesting food. That is why
it is best to take them with a
meal. Synthetic vitamin supple-
ments can be of varying quality,
so it is a good idea to get your
supplements from a reliable
Mineral nutrients are inor-
ganic elements found in food
which the body cannot synthe-
size. Mineral nutrients are es-
sential and vital components of
all living cells and are involved
in the metabolism of the body.
The human body needs miner-
al nutrients for many functions
e.g. composition of body sub-
stances (bones, muscles) and
the maintenance of enzymatic
The primary nutrients are
nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P),
and potassium (K). These may
become insufficient in the soil,
requiring fertilization, because
plants use large amounts for
their growth and survival.
The secondary nutrients are
calcium (Ca), magnesium (Mg)
and sulfur (S). There are usual-
ly enough of these nutrients in
the soil so fertilization is not al-
ways needed. Also, large
amounts of Calcium and Mag-
nesium are added when lime is
applied to acidic soils. Sulfur is
usually found in sufficient
amounts from the slow decom-
position of soil organic matter,
an important reason for not
throwing out grass clippings
N EHALEM V ALLEY B IBLE C HURCH
S EVENTH D AY A DVENTIST
F IRST B APTIST C HURCH
Gary Taylor, Pastor
Grant & North Streets, Vernonia
Sunday School 10:00 a.m.
Morning Worship 11:00 a.m.
Wednesday Service 7:00 p.m.
Gary S. Walter, Pastor
2nd Ave. and Nehalem St., Vernonia
Morning Worship, 11:00 a.m.
Sabbath School 9:30 a.m.
359 “A” Street, Vernonia
Sunday School 9:45 a.m.
Sunday Worship Service 11:00 a.m.
Wednesday Prayer Meeting 7:00 p.m.
A SSEMBLY OF G OD
S T . M ARY ' S C ATHOLIC C HURCH
Wayne and Maureene Marr
662 Jefferson Ave., Vernonia,
Sunday School 9:45 a.m.
Morning Worship 11:00 a.m
Rev. Luan Tran, Administrator
960 Missouri Avenue, Vernonia
Mass Sunday 12:00 Noon
Religious Educ. Sunday 10:30 a.m.
V ERNONIA C HRISTIAN C HURCH
V ERNONIA C OMMUNITY C HURCH
Sam Hough, Minister
410 North Street, Vernonia
Sunday School 9:45 a.m.
Sunday Worship 11:00 a.m.
(meets in Youth & Family Center)
Home Group Meeting
throughout the week
at various locations
Grant Williams, Pastor
957 State Avenue, Vernonia
Sunday Breakfast 9:00 a.m.
Morning Worship 9:45 a.m.
Children and Nursery 10:00 a.m.
Youth Group 6:00 p.m.
Preschool Mon. & Wed. 9:00 a.m.
Wednesday Prayer 6:00 p.m.
Tues. & Fri. Adult Volleyball 7:00 p.m.
V ERNONIA F OURSQUARE C HURCH
Carl Pense, Pastor
850 Madison Avenue, Vernonia
Sunday Worship Service: 10:30 a.m.
Children’s Sunday School
C HURCH OF J ESUS C HRIST
OF L ATTER D AY S AINTS
Marc Farmer, Branch President
1350 E. Knott Street, Vernonia
Sacrament Meeting, Sunday 10 a.m.
Sunday School & Primary 11:20 a.m.
Relief Society, Priesthood and
Young Women, Sunday 12:10 p.m.