Saturday, May 15, 2010

Saturday in the Garden

I visited the farm yesterday morning to pick up milk, eggs and yogurt. I was crestfallen to find that there was no yogurt available. Turns out that the county no longer offer licenses for the sale of homemade yogurt to local dairy farmers. What a shame that healthy, whole foods are not only not subsidized, but restricted. I guess no one stands to get rich if there are a bunch of healthy people running around this country. I can't stress this enough, please support your local farmers.

Now on to something a bit more cheerful. Rob and I spent all morning pottering around in the garden. I still can't get over how much we've taken to it. I never knew how relaxing and rewarding gardening is but I'm thrilled to have found out. It's great exercise, too. Everything is growing better than we could have hoped for. Gourmet Seed International is where we purchased the majority of our seeds. I highly recommend them. Here are boxes 1 and 2 that we planted just five weeks ago. Here are the early photos if you want a before and after.

Box 1

which has the rutabagas in full swing and a second box of rutabaga seed that I placed this morning, nasturtium, turnip greens, endive, different varieties of beets, carrots, chard and lettuce. I thinned all the carrots this morning. I won't thin the beets or the rutabagas but rather start harvesting their leaves for salad when they get a bit bigger.

Box 2

which has more beets, chard, carrots, nasturtium, lettuces, endive, dill and chervil along with marjoram and garlic chives that I planted from seed on May 5th when I did boxes 3 and 4. I can't wait until the dill and carrots are ready. Lightly steamed carrots tossed with butter and fresh dill is a revelation!

Box 3

which has two boxes of mini peppers from seed and transplanted banana pepper plants that I started in a pot on the deck, more lettuces, beets and carrots. The back row has two varieties of cucumber and two boxes of romanesco zucchini. Rob is going to build a trellis for them to climb up. I can't get over how fast the squash and cucumber seeds sprouted and took off. Can't wait until I have the first blossoms to stuff, bread and fry.

Box 4

which has two squash plants, golden sunburst (also known as patty pan) and golden crookneck. They are bush rather than vine plants so they need lots of space so we let them have the whole box except for the back row which is potatoes and my, my taters are such a curious thing to grow. I had no idea that to grow a potato, you actually plant a potato. I ordered certified disease free seed potatoes, let the eyes sprout, cut them into pieces and planted them just barely covering them with soil. You have to plant them toward the bottom of the container because as they sprout green leaves, like this...

you keep covering them lightly with soil. Keep repeating until the container is full of soil then let them grow and flower. Eventually (hopefully) we'll harvest some lovely ruby crescents, Yukon golds, russets and Austrian crescents. We had more potatoes than we had room in the garden for so we put the rest in a bucket on the deck. Speaking of the deck, it's starting to look like a jungle with so many herbs and 8 pots of tomatoes.

After I finished in the garden, I put a loaf of bread on and made homemade ricotta cheese. But you'll have to wait a bit for the post on that little project. I hear Rob opening the wine, so I will bid you a magical Saturday evening. CHEERS!


  1. All that sounds absolutely wonderful! You are really living the word on local eating and sustainability.

    We can only hope to change the marketplace by continually shifting our demand patterns away from the big food industry towards our local providers.

    If our government continues to move against the people's will, who knows what'll happen next.

    I'm somewhat humbled by what you've accomplished since our options are relatively limited...but I promise that when we are living under the right conditions, we'll follow your lead.

  2. Your garden looks so neat and beautiful. I can't wait to see it when it's in full bloom

  3. I'm frustrated, too, that the government restricts farmers from providing healthy food to their community. What happened to the "free market", where we are free to purchase whatever we like? Government, legal ramifications, lack of personal responsibility, searching for someone to, if they can't regulate it and tax it, it can't be sold. Grrr!!

    I've looked for unpasturized butter and have been given the same story...can't get a license. So, now we are forced to eat something that is made from poor milk products, unless we make it ourselves. And that, I plan to do!

    Ok, I'll step down now from my soap box. By the way, I read your blog because it's nice to know someone who is on the same healthy eating path that I am on.