soon we'll be celebrating daily river days - we can't wait! jambaloney even started clearing us a path to the river!
he's up to eyeballs in garden work, weed-whacking, mowing and his contract every day - so for this year we will just use the path. but the poor guy still hasn't had the time, or proper weather, to start grading our driveway. and that is going to be no small feat! if he can get the driveway done by october (bahahaah!) - then he'll start working on our river road with the tractor. no worries - we're fine with just a walkable path until then.
allrighty garden hits and misses! every year - there are always hits and misses! we'll start with a hit: 2 beds full of garlic sending out scapes!
we eat a lot of garlic and i think this will keep us in garlic for the year!
how about some misses??? 16 rows of carrots planted, all of the seedlings came up but when they were just tiny - we had a hard frost. at least that's what we think - we woke up one morning and they were all gone! we have since replanted all 16 rows. note to self - plant the carrots out a little later next year.
another hit? the peas are growing like mad and because we planted them using the biomulch and they took to it - we thought we'd use the biomulch for everything!
and that would be another miss! no beets, no radish and ony 2 turnips!!! so we will re-start beets and radishes and brassicas in the next week or so - we have a bunch of other stuff that we need to do.
another hit? overwintered peppers full of flowers and we already have little peppers growing - woohoo!
these are peppers planted from seed this year and they are flowering too!
volunteer tomatoes that jambaloney finds in the compost and in our raised beds - he meticulously gathers them all and transplants them!
and here's a bunch more!
all kinds of herbs here!
all doing well except for the sweet basil and the queen thai basil which will be replanted tomorrow. but the dill is going to seed, green onions going to seed, parsley going to seed - we have more pots of them outside but will be planting more - we love fresh herbs!
all of the 32 tomatoes in greenhouse#2 are thriving!
lots of little flowers!
and baby tomatoes - woohoo!
sorry for this really blurry pic of our 4 tires with melons, zucchini, cucumber and our 8 corns.
we are just test-trying with the corn this year to see if it will grow - so far - so good! i'd love to be able to grow, freeze and can our own corn.
the winner every year is our potatoes
that's 200 potatoe plants growing us enough potatoes for the year! jambaloney has given away a bunch of our seed potatoes to colleagues at work. but we still have another 40 seed potatoes and we will plant them wherever we can find a spot.
check out this sage, lemon balm and bee balm!
and rosemary, mint and chives!
it's herb-drying week for sure!
pretty calendula flowers and i have no idea what the pink flower at the top right is!
transplanted chammomile is a little burned looking - too much sun!
a great breakfast? beautiful perch fillets that jambaloney caught, some bean sprouts and local cherries and strawberries!
making jambaloney's hot sauce from some left-over peppers that i froze last harvest.
he had his home-made hot sauce all year with the peppers we harvested last year. this year it looks like we'll get even more and start canning the sauce.
he loves it very hot and vinegary!
we had vermicelli with green onions, shrimp, carrot, avocado and bean sprouts with my infamous kymberz-sorta-vietnamese sauce which will help clean you out in a hurry - that sauce is to die for!
and then today while jambaloney was weed-whacking i made up 7 jars of kimchi! yummeh!
there a jar and a half of regular, spicy korean kimchi, 2 jars of daikon radish, carrot and beansprout kimchi, one jar of sweetish bean sprout kimchi and one jar of spicy as-oh-heck bean sprout kimchi. we love to have these on hand - not only for a side condiment to our meals but some days when we are out working and don't want to stop - we just come in and get a big forkful each - deelish! we also always like to have freshmade salsa and hummus in the fridge for the same reason.
oh and last but not least - our Scoby, Flower325b just produced 4 and a half more jars of kombucha! we drink that stuff like mad!
sending love to you all and will catch up on your blogs soon!