Dear Gentle Reader,
1. Plant Something: It has been raining at least every other day. On top of that, it has been in the upper ’80s. So, I haven’t gotten to do too much in the way of planting. I did do a lot of weeding. And every time we had a big storm, the winds knocked everything down, and I tied it back up. So, the fava beans have been tied up several times. Saturday I staked off the corn. Yesterday I staked up the cherry tomatoes. This morning I staked up the slicer tomatoes.
I planted four pots of H-19 Little Leaf Cukes (from Highmowing Seeds). They are pickling cucumbers. I picked them because they are resistant to Angular Leaf Spot, Anthracnose, Cucumber Mosaic Virus, Downy Mildew, Powdery Mildew, and Scab. I am hoping that they do well, but I have only one in the garden. I planted some others, but they got eaten by Bambi. I also transplanted a Mexican Sour gherkin into a large pot. I found that you can get all kinds of FREE growers pots at the nursery. They have a huge bin where people drop their used pots off for recycling. So, I picked up a bunch on Sunday. Yay! 🙂
2. Harvest Something: Garlic scapes. A bunch of mint and a bunch of thyme. It was great on pan-seared lamb chops.
3. Preserve Something: nothing
4. Waste Not: Picked up growers pots for free from recycling at my local nursery.
5. Want Not: Still working on my sourdough bread baking skills. I started adapting the sourdough recipe to oatmeal. The first try was ok, but it needs work.
6. Build Community Food Systems: Investigated which orchards and farms are actually near me (within the surrounding counties). I e-mailed an orchard not too far away from here, and they still have PYO cherries for only $2.50/lb. Is that a good price? I’m not sure. They also have apples, blueberries, raspberries, and asian pears. So, I need to get my family geared up for some picking.
7. Eat the Food: More sourdough bread; mint and thyme