I forgot to bring my camera this week. I tried to capture Momo the cat with my phone’s camera, but sadly it is too slow, so no pictures of farm critters this week. Instead: veggies!
The farm was back to their usual system this week (tupperwares and checklists), which reassured me ridiculously. I hadn’t realized quite how attached I was to the order of a system. Hmm. Anyway, this week’s “system” delivered turnips, radishes, two huge bags of salad greens, a bag of spinach leaves, scallions and garlic scapes. Yes!
The spinach was devoured at dinner, along with half our scapes. I grated up a turnip into some potato along with a scallion and made hash with some leftover bacon in the fridge. So good. I really should have made more. Guess what’s for lunch tomorrow!
In other veggie-related news, I finally got the chance to do a little gardening yesterday. So excite! The planting of the peas by the front door has been a good reminder that not only do I have vegetables, but they need watering… however, knowing that and getting the opportunity to do anything about it have been two entirely separate things.
Still, reassuringly (if somewhat belatedly), today I was greeted by this summer’s very first pea flower:
Happy sight indeed! I know, it’s nearly July. My garden is pathetically behind schedule and underwhelming. You know what? I’ll take it. I planted my beans a week ago, and noticed that already the Mystery Verminous Scourge (or MVS for short) has been executing them. Today I got around to deploying the snakes.
Hopefully they’ll keep the MVS at bay long enough for the poor beans to grow a little. Most exciting (for me anyway) was yesterday’s tomato planting. I’ve had these seedlings “hardening off” in their little pots on our porch for what feels like a month. If you’re looking at them and thinking they look a little emaciated for seedlings that have been growing for that long, see previous comments about watering.
I am hopeful that now that they get south sun and access to rain that they’ll shoot up without too much intervention from me. The shallots (which you can sort of see exploding in from the right) sure have.
See that bare dirt in front of the tomatoes? That would be where I seeded all my beets and carrots. Yeah, you don’t see any either, huh? It’s all good. (At least I’ve kept the weeds at bay?) The moon’s waning again; I’ll see if I can sow another set this week.
Lastly: left to its own devices, my rhubarb has gone well and spectacularly to seed. It occurs to me that I had never seen rhubarb seeds before — they actually remind me a lot of umbellifer-style seeds (parsnips, carrots, parsley). I should look it up, though I’m pretty sure they’re not in the same family. Still, fun times!
And… that’s pretty much it. Not fantastic, but it does cheer me up every time I see what I did manage to get planted and what has survived. My cukes are still trapped in their seedling pots on the porch, so we’ll see if I can get them in their larger pots before I head out of town this week. The race is on!