August 18, 2021
The Gumbo Gals Garden Club of Nashua thoroughly enjoyed their June gathering. Members congregated at the yard and garden of Dr. Sam Espeland of Glasgow for an afternoon of viewing his many wonderful trees, plants and vegetable garden. Sam’s many years of gardening organically with no added fertilizers or pesticides seems to have worked wonderfully. The many healthy and vigorous plants all showed great success, with his tried and true methods of soil improvement. His rhubarb harvest has already been amazing. Everyone present enjoyed a taste test of his delicious giant sweet radishes.
Sam had promise of a large tomato crop, great looking potatoes and at least three varieties of onions. There are also cucumbers and peppers and an interesting array of squash. His 110-year-old native plum tree had been brought from his homestead property at Westby, and has been perfectly happy in the backyard of his Glasgow home.
Hosts for the afternoon were Sam Espeland, his son Darryl and wife Kathy from Baker. Karen Baston of Glasgow served as guest host.
Gumbo Gals attending were Helen Robbins; Linda Sibley and Dorothy Hlad-Larsen of Nashua; and Dorothy Skyberg of Fort Peck.
Refreshments and watermelon and lemonade were served.
The afternoon concluded with many historical stories and tales, with gardening tips and ideas shared by all.