Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Pacific Northwest

September, 2000
Regional Report


Salsa Ole
Too many ripe tomatoes? Try this easy salsa recipe. Of course, if you want it spicier, you can add more jalapeno peppers. This recipe will last weeks in the refrigerator.


2 large tomatoes, seeded and chopped

1 medium onion, chopped

1 jalapeno pepper, diced (add more if you like it really hot)

1 tablespoon chopped cilantro (substitute chopped parsley if you're not a cilantro fan)

1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

1 teaspoon fresh lime juice

1/2 teaspoon salt


Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and mix well. Serve immediately at room temperature or store in refrigerator for up to two days.

Makes about 2 cups

Favorite or New Plant

Fall's 'Autumn Joy' Sedum
This time of year is when the perennial Sedum 'Autumn Joy' finally comes into her glory, producing broccoli-like clusters of flower buds that open into 8-inch heads of densely packed flowers. The flowers start out as pale green buds, open to dark pink, and gradually age to bronze. The flower heads remain on the plants through December in my garden, providing interest in an otherwise dull flowerbed. I sometimes harvest the flowers in winter to add to dried flower arrangements.

'Autumn Joy' grows best in part or full sun, in well-drained soil. It can grow to 12 inches tall and may flop over, so consider supporting it with a wire cage.


Today's site banner is by nmumpton and is called "Gymnocalycium andreae"