Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Planning for More Good Food

Twenty pound "Luscious Golden" melon from our front yard.
My not updating the blog for 3 weeks doesn't mean the garden isn't still a productive and wonderful place. It is, actually, providing surprising quantities of good food, considering that it also has been a little neglected.

We are running short-staffed at work, during our busiest time of year, and work-stuff has spilled over into my non-work time. However, the bosses have interviews lined up to fill at least one vacant space, so we are hopeful that the whole "short-staffed" thing will be short-lived!

In the meantime, I am thinking more and more about the fall garden. Last weekend, I amended some areas with compost, planted seeds for chicory, beets, parsley, green onions, and one last patch of bush beans, and I started seeds (late!) in a flat for broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, more beets (in case the outside seeds don't make it -- they can be finicky), and bok choy.

Joe used the grub hoe to knock down some of the buckwheat, to start getting that space ready for carrots, and I pulled up and chopped the corn stalks to add them to the compost.

This year's corn was a parching corn, Supai Red, from the Southwestern US, and it was not super-happy with our rain and humidity. Some ears turned moldy before they had a chance to dry on the stalks, so the harvest was not huge, but the corn I brought in is going to make some great hominy.

Indoors, we have more tomatillos than we thought possible piled up on the counter, waiting to be made into salsa verde; the dehydrator is busy turning slices of tomato and okra into "chips"; and peppers are fermenting into hot sauce. There is some work involved in preserving the harvest, but the flavors of summer will be very welcome in the cooler months ahead.


  1. Glad to hear you are also planting more bush beans. I just pulled out the first two sets of beans and planted more seeds this morning. I'm hoping we get some good beans before it gets too cool for them.

  2. I figured that if the beans are "60 days to maturity", as long as that first frost holds off until close to November 1, we have plenty of time for a good crop to develop. There won't be weeks and weeks of beans, like we get from earlier plantings, but whatever is produced will be very welcome in the kitchen. Hope your little crop does well! -Amy


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