Harvesting vegetables before summer dormancy starts.First time we got any significant amount of beans Sherry tomatos, the season is just too short over here for any other type of tomatos Finally radish leaves. There’s a Chinese proverb that says something along the lines of “when people eat radish leaves the doctors are starving…”
In an effort to become more involved in the local farm-to-table ventures and adventures, I’ve toured a couple of local urban farms in the last month, something I should have done long before. Not that there’s any moss growing on my butt or anything, but these were obvious places for me to visit, so I’m glad I’ve finally stepped away from the weeds in my own garden to see how the pros grow it. Yesterday I visited Urban Roots, an urban farm which is largely dedicated to teaching kids whe...
This is my wonderful source of foraging. I’m lucky to have Amber Westfall living very close and have been fortunate enough to attend one of her ‘plant walks’.Most of what I know about foraging plants in this area has come from her.This is her introduction to her weed eating addiction :
In 2013, I grew Hopi Blue Dent corn. I ordered one package from a small company in Maine, Pinetree Seeds. I planted the corn in the garden area at the top of sunny southern slope, in the piece of land where my sons had grown potatoes last year. At the end of the season, we had covered the ground in cardboard and a thick layer of goat hay bedding mulch. Given the thick covering we had created, I thought that starting them indoors and transplanting them outside would be a good idea. The on...
Gonna have to wait 5 months. We finally got a frost the other day, so I had to pick what was left of the Peppers. I am planning to have one or two pepper plants in the greenhouse, so the frost wont be as limiting as it was this year.
My tomatoes are finally coming in fairly steadily, but then again the cold weather is starting in on us a little early too. I’ve been covering them here and there, watching the forecasts and checking the actual temperature each night. I’ve re-used plastic table cloths from a work event to cover them, coupled with some utility lights underneath to provide a little extra heat. The cold has all but killed some of the more delicate flowers and my cucumbers, squash & melons, bu...
Well I finally did something with all those pears my trees produce, though it is nothing in comparison to how many fall from the tree. If I were retired or home all of the time I’d be able to capitalize on them much better, but alas I must work still. Unlike MsDeb I was did not find inner tranquility whilst pealing the pears, but mine were largely wind-fall, so I had to dodge the bruises and bugs here and there, so likely pealed twice as many as she did to get the same amount of usab...
I just took this picture a little while ago. Most of the greenhouse is completed, so am working on updating the blog. And from the other side.
Peppers almost ready to be picked. My Sunflower Forest. Greenhouse in the background, am working on the rigid part of the roof, the hardest part to install.
So, I started my first attempt at home canning with something easy – pickles (easy meaning no pressure canner required, just a hot water bath). I even bought a seasoning packet for bread-n-butter pickles. Tried the first one this morning and they turned out great. My 11 year-old son, Jonas, the only other REAL pickle lover in the house, absolutely loves ‘em. I had a hard time getting him to wait until they had cured the required 24 hours. I sliced more cucumbers than I had liquid to c...
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