Over a week and a half late! I've been more than fully booked for both days of both the past two weekends. I've had an awesome time, but the blogging has definitely suffered for it; I have so much to catch up on! I keep taking photographs of the garden, but they're out of date by the time I get them uploaded and/or the blog post written.
Before I start this post, I should mention that Geodyne has also started doing these posts. She's far more committed, hardcore, organised and invested in this stuff than I am, so if you're enjoying my gardening exploits, you really should check hers out! She's also adding another section to her reports: things she bought which she *could* have provided for herself. I think that's a great idea, so I'm going to add on the same, and yet another section, too - looking forwards. I'm aware that the garden is about to start its really productive season, and also that I do best when I'm working to a pre-prepared plan, so I'm going to list my thoughts about the week (or, in this case, four days) ahead.
Plant Something -
Nothing in the last two weeks! Mostly lack of organisation here, I think.
- Strawberries (and the first few raspberries):
- Mange tout (I think these are just about finished now. I've let a few pods develop fully for next year's seed, so fingers crossed that works out).
- Garlic scapes
- Broccoli (I'm particularly smug about this, because last year, caterpillars got the lot):
- Spinach beet
- Various herbs
- The very first of the new potatoes
3. Preserve something
- Mange tout blanched and frozen
- Greens sauteed and frozen
Just the usual - composting etc.
Nothing this week!
6. Build/support Community Food Systems –
- Blogging about it
7. Eat the Food
- Strawberries and yoghurt on my breakfast
- New potatoes
- Sauteed greens on pizza (with blue cheese, walnuts and egg. Fabulous!)
- The garlic scapes became garlic scape butter. This made an awesome garlic bread thing (although J did ask if it was broccoli pizza!), and last night was also used to pan-fry some thin-cut pork chops, which I finished with lemon juice and black pepper, and which were totally delicious with our first new potatoes.
- Green beans. My pole beans aren't producing yet, but the bush beans (which went in later!) are starting. I think I'd have been able to pick fresh green beans this week, if I'd started the bushes earlier.
- Broccoli. We've harvested enough for about one meal for one person so far; we eat way more than that!
- Mushrooms. My mushroom growing experiments haven't really worked out so far; more investigation required.
- Beetroots are looking very healthy and getting to a good size; start eating the greens!
- Broad beans are growing fat and the first should be ready to harvest within the week;
- Soy beans, dwarf peas and the next round of bush beans **really** need planting out.
- I need to review the seed box and start planting for the next section of the year, now that midsummer is past.