Saturday, 3 October 2009
Still In The Garden Excuses
Look, I haven't been posting because we still have a mountainous pile of shit to move. And when we haven't been chipping away at that, there were tomatoes and applesauce to can - now done, I'm happy to report. Meanwhile, Mr. Ferdzy is not very happy to see the gardening season come to an end, so he built these cold-frames. He made them out of windows left in the shed by the previous owners, and bits of lumber likewise left around the place. They still cost $45 for the hardware; hinges, handles and latches. Amazing. But he's having fun, and checking his min-max thermometer every morning. So far they aren't making any difference that we can see.
Our lettuce and spinach is still going along. We've had several salads lately, and we had better have some more if we expect to put a dent in this before frost.
We have a cauliflower! We have a cauliflower! I'm pretty sure we spent $6 on seeds, and that's the only one that's produced, so ounce for ounce this is probably the worlds most expensive cauliflower. But it's still very exciting.
This bed is doing nicely, in spite of how blank it looks. A few onions at the back; the rest is planted with garlic and shallots for next spring.
We transplanted this rutabaga out of the next-door bed into one that had some compost added to it, and it went from near-dead to big and leafy, or at least leafy. Okay, they're small, but they are actually rutabagas! Hurray, our one and only successful root crop. We've eaten one already (in the Lancashire Hot-Pot).
And finally, here's the chard. It should be lovely, big and leafy right now, but the deer ate it. I'm pretty sure that chard is their very favourite thing, ever. Although they didn't disdain the tops of the few carrots that sprouted.
That's it for the moment. I've got a couple recipes I could post, but they'll wait until next week, and I'm feeling a bit stretched in too many directions at the moment. I'm going to take a couple of days off. See you soon.