After weeks of rain we finally had a sunny morning and this is what I picked today.
It’s early in the morning for eggs, but my twosome, Coo and Pecky, always seem to lay early. The Gang of Five usually don’t lay until the afternoon. Funny about chickens.
I finally pulled up most of my garlic and onions, although I still have some red onions in the ground that I’ll pull out another day. The garlic is the most beautiful garlic I’ve ever seen. No. Joke.
There are two kinds of cucumbers: pickling and regular. Trying fermented pickles for the first time thanks to some homemade whey starter from a friend. There’s a nice big jar in the fridge and soon I’ll have enough to start another one. Want to try fermenting garlic, too.
Those little pear-shaped yellow tomatoes are heirlooms and the sweetest most flavorful things you ever want to eat. The flavor just explodes in your mouth. Put some in a cast iron pan with some fresh basil and garlic, add some fresh eggs from the girls and a little organic coconut oil and you have a heavenly breakfast. Of course there’s nothing like a regular vine-ripened red tomato, this particular variety being an heirloom that was the original Heinz ketchup tomato I’m told. I couldn’t wait for them to get any bigger — I had to have them NOW!
Every day I have to look something up, learn something new, discover something I’ve never seen — be it a bug, the way something grows (ever see a carrot that wasn’t thinned? FRANKENCARROT!) or just an unusual cloud formation — and generally enjoy the wonder. When I named this blog “Romancing the Everyday” I didn’t have but a small herb garden. Living much closer to the land the way I am this year is True Romance as far as I’m concerned.
One thing I will credit with making this more of a joy and less of a chore is Square Foot Gardening. More yield in less space, using less water with less work. Perhaps you’d like a post on that? I think I’ll oblige next time.