Despite the drizzly cold weather we’ve had things are actually ripening here in my little bit of sponge. Tonight after dinner I fairly breezed through the garden gleaning a little of this and a little of that. Not much of any one thing, mind you, but the joy of being able to find so many fruits in just our second year of this was indescribable.
It looks like the bundt pans I bought at Goodwill and strung from the saskatoon and cherry trees are warding off the marauding robins and crows. I just wish there was a version of this suitable for slugs.
And while I haven’t had quite the quantities of strawberries this year as last due to the chickens decimating the plants this spring it’s enough for us to eat this for breakfast nearly every other day
Sadly I’ll have to buy my berries for mes confitures this year. I selected Strawberry with Pinot Noir and Spices for my can jam entry but it looks like I’ll miss the deadline. Technically I’m out anyway since I missed posting my March allium entry by the deadline (in fact I have yet to post it despite that I’ve made not 1 but 4 batches of amazing caramelized onion jam.) But post I will once school is finally out and I don’t have to get up so early getting everyone ready in the morning.
I have so many posts to catch up on: the goat fest from nearly 2 months ago now, my attempt at soap using goat milk that more resembles a baby ruth bar and thus I’ve dubbed it the goat poop soap, my tomato trellises and rat fortress (did you know I already have RED tomatoes?), our Memorial day weekend wherein we pitched a tent in the basement to evade torrential rain storms and used the kitchen torch to roast our homemade marshmallows for homemade graham crackers and the pantry giveaway for wonderful Kat that I’ve been working on and hope to wrap up and post about next week.
I have been a busy beaver despite all the end of year volunteering, school activities and gardening.
Before I hit the hay I want to mention two things:
1. Prune your tomatoes. It’s time. I know there are folks in the no prune camp like Tom but, especially this year, unless you have a vast garden area where they can be leisurely spaced apart you should consider pruning the non-fruiting branches and trellising them upward. This lets more of that rare sunlight in to ripen the fruit and increases air flow, hopefully warding off fungal diseases. Here is my post from last year about pruning tomatoes. I know they look naked and as tiny as a wet cat just after you prune them but trust me they’ll be back rawhring in no time flat.
2. Order your winter seeds if you haven’t already! The Territorial winter seed catalog is out and you have mere weeks to start brassicas and cole crops indoors. Last year I had every intention of starting my fall and winter crops by midsummer but it was more like August. I paid the price with a gap in edibles in early winter. Granted it was a short gap but it would have been nice to eat more than just mache and kale for weeks on end. You can read more about it here.
And this is my entry from last year complete with my planting schedule which I didn’t adhere to. We’ll see if it happens this year…