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THE ISSAQUAH PRESS WEDNESDAY~ AUGUST 12, 2009 B5 Heat, heat, glorious heat BY JANE GARRISON SPring in Issaquah is cool and wet, right? In sum- mer we have high tem- peratures in the 70s, right? And we see cloud cover day after day after day, right? Not this year. This year the sun, the temperatures, and the days without rain have just blown us all away. Most of the people I talk to are complaining. One exception is our master gardeners. I wrote some of them in the Issaquah clinic to get their take on the im- pact of this dramatic weather pat- tern on our gardens. Surprisingly, there were few complaints. Some plants did get scorched -- even ones that were well watered. The plants that suffered most were next to hot retaining walls, rockeries or reflective surfaces in direct sun. We chatted back and forth and decided a wait-and-see approach would be a good idea for many of these damaged plants. Wait until fall to prune out perma- nently dead branches but leave them now to protect those under- neath until the hot weather is over for sure. We noticed that some of the ground cover appears to be dead, at least top dead. It may come back from the roots next spring, so wait and see. It's OK to remove the dead leaves for the sake of ap- pearance. Some of the native plants look wilted, including swordfern and salaL They are both very tough, and we expect full recovery next spring. One of the master gardeners said she was losing leaves early on her old Japanese maple. It is planted on the top of a rockery in compacted soft and is difficult to water. If soil gets dry, watering the surface may not work; it might just run off, especially if it's hilly. One suggestion is to place two to three-inch diameter by 12- inch long pieces of plastic pipe vertically down into the ground at the dripline. Fill the pipes with water regularly during hot, dry spells. I was looking on the Internet for some gardening information and found an East Coast chat group complaining about their awful, cool, wet weather. You know what? They got our weather, and we got theirs this year. They were saying that the gardening season MASTER GARDENERS' comer Visit the master gardener clinics at Squak Mountain Nursery and the Picketing Farmers Market every Saturday from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. They will not be at Squak Mountain Nursery in August. was ruined. They aren't going to have a harvest at all. Wussies! We garden every year in that kind of weather and make it work. But this year all of our master gar- deners were thrilled with the way their basil, tomatoes, and herbs jumped out of the ground to feel the heat and soak up the sun. I think we could learn to live with this hot stuff and maybe turn out some pretty good gardens. Heck, we can even make it work in the rain. Jane Garrison is a local master gardener and landscape architect who gardens in glacial till on the plateau. I)on't miss our (;rand Rc-Opcnina %Ac DECKING BEAMS e SIDING FENCING PANELING TRELLIS/ARBORS e CUSTOM MILLING Spread your good news! Births, weddings, golden annlversades, achievements. Submit your news via www.issaquahpress.com ISSAQUAH CEDAR & LUMBER t-ine Cedar & Mil/work since 1950 www.cedarexperts.com 5728 E. Lake Sammamish Pkwy. SE 425-392-3631 Open Monday-Friday 7 to 5; Saturday 9 to 2 The. University House features an herb gar!enot!oat's growing on its residents The University House in Is- saquah has something new cook- ing in its dining facility. Executive Chef Elon Wagoner and Facilities Director Keith Drinkwine have been shopping at the Issaquah Farmers Market and buying herbs from local farmers. At first, employees bought the herbs for meals. They soon real- ized they could grow their own herbs as well. Employees and residents then grow and harvest them for prepa- ration and use in the food that they serve the residents at The University House. "It started with resident feed- back," Wagoner said. "We asked opinions about the food we were serving and herbs were brought up. They gave us directions and we followed." Those directions led to the Is- saquah Farmers Market. It was there that Wagoner and Drinkwine bought herbs, such as cilantro, parsley and sage. "We believe, as a company, that it's important to buy local," Wag- oner said. It s from the farm to our table." Everything about the herb gar- den is from local companies. Squak Mountain Nursery pro- vided herbs, flowers and other materials. Mel's Cedar Yardcraft donated planter boxes. "It was originally a small con- cept," Drinkwine said. "But now it has become something much big- ger. At first, we had 12 herbs and now we have 35 and growing." The new herbs have been a success with the residents. 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"They look for it in their food and try to guess what it is." "A lot of people here have a far range of tastes," resident Baps Gray said. "These herbs should ap- peas0 everyone. They did it right, there really is a community rela- tionship with this herb garden." The herb garden has become something in which the commu- nity can take part. "The residents have been great helping us," Drinkwine said. "Whether it's educating others or giving us ideas for maintaining it." The benefits extend beyond taste, Wagoner said. "Herbs make foods healthier," Wagoner added. "So flavor is not the only goal. We want nutritional food served to our residents and the herb garden helps us with that." A ribbon cutting ceremony for the herb garden will be held at 1:30 p.m. Aug. 18. Drinks and appetizers featuring the herbs will be served. The event is free and open to the public. "This is not a one-time deal," Drinkwine said. "We will con- tinue to grow and harvest the herb garden." 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