I’ve been remiss in postings lately. It’s not just because I’ve been consumed with raspberry and pea pickings, although that’s been adding to things. Did I mention that raspberries are the new tomato? They are that monkey on my back that needs to be picked continuously lest the fruit drop and rot under the vines and bring a host of diseases. Luckily the rats don’t seem to be interested in them, although we’ve found plenty of berries with snail trails on them.
I’ve been picking a colander or two per day for nearly two weeks now with likely another full week of picking to go. But what a problem to have! My freezer is full of berries that will hold their perfection until I have time to make jam and scones and pie. Oh Tullameen raspberries, where have you been all my life?
I’ve also had the pleasant distraction of visiting reporters peeking into my pantry, my freezer and my garden, a few garden tours, a tv pilot filming in my yard, and my parents who now reside in Arizona and a nephew from Alaska convening here. It’s been a busy two weeks!
I’ve also been harvesting the spring/summer carrots, the beets, loads of greens and feeding the bolted spring greens to the chickens. And did I mention the peas? Because at this point I’m closing my eyes when I walk past them. La, la, la, can’t see you. I’m ready for the peas to be done. I’ve blanched and frozen some and we’ve been eating stir fries constantly but they just keep producing. I’ve stopped watering them so the pods dry and I can save the seeds. The vines will go to goats up the street. In return I’ll get some nutrients to add to my compost pile, or perhaps some milk to make cajeta or chevre.
The garlic is ready for harvesting and braiding and the early potatoes are just about done as well.
How are your gardens coming?