..well, at least for this year. I’m talking about our garden…our first vegetable garden. So far this year it has been a dismal failure due in large part to our inexperience but not only that. The soil hasn’t been worked in decades and was used mainly as a garbage dump. You name it, it got dumped here and we’ve been digging out the remains for years. We’ve also had very wet, cold and dark weather which didn’t help. I think we planted a bit too late as well.
All in all, it just didn’t work this year and we are jumping ship… saying Uncle…throwing in the towel..and the trowel…we know when we are beat. We have so many other things to concentrate on before winter sets in that trying to save our sad, fruitless veggie plants would be a total waste of time…they’ll make good compost.
So we will chalk this up as a learning experience. We did harvest a few things, a few peas, some cabbages, some onions and some potatoes…. All in all we didn’t even get 10lbs of potatoes, they just weren’t there…the plants looked great and died like they should, but there just weren’t any potatoes to speak of… I’m thinking alien abduction…that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
But here is a picture of what we did get. We planted Linda white potatoes and some red and blue potatoes, I have no idea what variety they were, they were a gift from a friend. We like the reds but the blues we weren’t particularly impressed with.
We spent part of the weekend pulling up the failed plants and turning the soil. We left the corn and the fava beans. The corn has a few small ears on it and the fava beans are drying. My herb garden on the other hand did very well, so at least there’s that 🙂
I did some more baking over the weekend. I wanted to test a new crusty white bread recipe, here’s what I got.
I can’t tell you how yummy this bread is 🙂
Since the garden is a bust, I am going to focus a lot on learning to can, make jams and butters, work on the baking, and start dreaming and planning for next year. ..oh…and cheese, I want to learn to make cheese. I bought several pounds of green beans at the store and I am going to salt them this week for winter storage. This is done pretty much the same way you make sauerkraut….layers of fresh green beans and salt in a large ceramic crock which is set aside to ferment. These beans taste fantastic if they are done right. I haven’t made them before so I want to practice on store bought beans first, that way if it doesn’t work, I won’t feel like crying because I wasted so many beans from our own garden. In another month or so I’ll also make sauerkraut, I’ve made it for the past 2 years now and it is a wonderful winter food. Tastes fantastic and is so good for you, it is also easy to make.
So that’s all the latest…oh yeah, I’m conveniently forgetting that tomorrow is my birthday…well gee, I’m excited… the big 4 5….wow,look at me go…can you feel my excitement?