I’ve been meaning to post for a while now; can’t believe it’s been almost two weeks since my last post! What’s been going on? Lots!
For starters, we have been planting a lot of fruit trees/bushes and vegetables, as well as caring for what was already there:
As you can see from the pictures, we’ve planted peppers (some “chili”, some Italian roasting-style, some Thai chili), tomatoes (a couple very different varieties, thanks to the provision of a friend), a pomegranate tree (awww…), numerous blueberry bushes of varying sizes and a cherry tree (still need another one for best fruit production). But we’ve added much more I simply lack pictures of, including a dwarf-raspberry bush, a blackberry bush, cucumbers (varieties both for eating and for fermenting), squash, zucchini, watermelons, cantaloupe, and cabbage (purple and traditional). We also potted some lemon thyme and a purple basil, and added leeks to the herb garden. I’m sure there are some other edible plants we have put in ground that I am not thinking of. And Kim has been busily planting ornamentals and shrubs as well. I’ll stick with highlighting the things that can be turned into tastiness, thank you very much.
Last years plantings are already paying off, with Kim and I enjoying some sporadic asparagus (probably nearing the end of that for our garden this season). A few strawberry plants overwintered just fine. And the herbs in the garden are mostly doing okay. The rosemary looks the best, the basil and dill look iffy. Hope they pull through!
While digging up the vegetable garden we found a couple of fungi-like things, which based on my research I believe are Mutinus elegans:
No concerns really, but something I don’t believe I’ve ever seen before.
We still have some purchases not quite in ground, namely the three self-pollinating muscadine vines. But I think we know just where in the back-yard to place them. Kim and I spent some time this evening figuring that out, in fact.
Looking forward to harvest. And to planting more vegetables this fall/winter (and maybe even more this summer)! Have in mind some experimentation with non-alcoholic fermentation (kimchi? sauerkraut? etc.) Plain eating of course. And maybe some jellies and jams.
Well, a lot has been going on inside the house as well, but I believe I’ll leave that for another post…