Monday, May 6, 2013
Saturday, February 23, 2013
So, yes, it's been a while since - what? - September? I have been in the garden, and we have been eating, but some other things have been going on also. And I do have photos of some of those other things. But nothing kills a project for me faster than being behind and trying to catch up. So fuck it. Pretend we're all caught up.
Here's what I did on Wednesday.
Harvested the bits and bobs. (Why did so many of the kohlrabi grow in tube shapes? Why can't I grow beets? I mean, the blasted leaf miners had their way with the tops last fall, but should it affect root growth this much? The carrots did so well in the same bed!)
(Still two more cabbages. And the kale is looking great, though it'll be raab before the equinox.)
Cleaned up rows 2 and 3, all the way. Lightly fertilized. Chopped it all in. Raked it smooth.
Planted negretta favas in the front half of bed #3. (Should have planted them last fall. Should have planted garlic. Should have cleaned up the blighted apple tree leaves last fall. Etc. Was busy with other - not pictured - things, etc.) Anyway, that bed needs some time in legumes.
Cleaned off the deck, because it's hard to know when the next dry day might be.
Thanked my helper for her patience, and went back inside.
Posted by devon at 8:46 PM
Sunday, October 7, 2012
The fall harvest begins. Less and less fruit, more greens and roots.
It is dry as a bone here, more late summer than fall. I have to water, still. Worth it for the blue skies, which are unmarred and utterly reliable. Worth it for the bare feet. I'll do almost anything for bare feet.
Posted by devon at 9:08 AM
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
I got the recipe. B's killer pickles. My favorites. Each year I hoard them away from everyone else and each year they are perfect. But not this year, because this year B didn't make them; I did.
I don't know why they sucked in on themselves, pruning like a bunch of old cocks in their brine. B's don't do that. I could take a jar to Persephone and show them what their cucumbers have done to me, and to my delicious garlic, and jalapeños, and to my dreams, eighteen quarts over, but I'm not sure they're to blame. Maybe next year when I once again have a whole row of pickling cukes I'll try again, in just a few jars to start, and prove to myself that I can do it. I can make the good pickles! On the other hand, there are still jars of oversized, nearly inedible (whew, especially a year later) cornichons in the basement from the Pickling Chronicles of 2011. I think it's time for a city compost sacrifice.
The day that I pruned my pickles, Julia and Eric came over for dinner crowing over their first really-truly-just-right fermented pickles. They were embarrassed to be bragging, and they didn't even know of the rows of sorry jars squatting in the basement, but I was thrilled to hear of such success. If you don't miss the mark a few times, what is winning? I only hope I get to taste them.
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