What’s growing in early summer? I realized that I’ve neglected to update this site, usually relying on en locale updates to facebook as I’m working in the garden.
My last post was about what was happening in the cool Connecticut springtime …which isn’t much. But now that we’re in June, things are a little different. -But only a little. I’ve been watching the facebook feed of all the local farms, CSA, markets, etc… Yes, facebook can actually be useful if you use it like that! Most farmers agree that the crops (most, but not all) seem to be growing very slowly right now. I’m glad it’s not just me
A week behind schedule, the cold hearty seeds were finally directly sowed in the garden: beets, carrots, chard, kale, lettuce, peas, radish, shallots, spinach, and the fall garlic.
Later, there will be succession plantings of some of the above as well as warm and hot weather plants going in. With this, I can’t stress how important planning and organization is. Even with all I’m doing, I feel somewhat disorganized.
Actually, gardening never stopped, though it did slow down in the late winter. But now that temperatures have been, at times, in the 70′s; a new gardening year has begun.
It’s been many years since I’ve made a lager. For the beer-clueless, a lager is fermented at a colder temperature and then cold aged (the actual “Lagering” part. Lager is German for Storage). So the key is to be able to store 5 or so gallons of liquid at 35 to 50 degrees. The range varies depending on stage and the yeast strain’s characteristics. Lagers, as compared to ales, are a bit crisper, cleaner, smoother…
March 10th, 2014. These are carrots I planted last spring (2013). I had to chip away 5 inches of ice, sleet, and snow to pull these from the ground. But the ground wasn’t a block of frozen dirt- it was quite workable, though cold on the fingers. I pulled out these three beautiful carrots and found one that has turned to mush. It’s just good to know that you can harvest fresh food throughout the year- even in CT through a polar vortex.
Thank you all for the birthday wishes (or as I like to call it, my rebirthday)- whether they’re sincere or not, I appreciate it. This is where I traditionally express some life lessons- whatever golden flakes of advice I have that I panned out of the dirt in 37 years.
Even though I’ve had the 2014 garden planned and purchased for months, there’s still slight tweaks. A Twin Hills plan wouldn’t be a plan without unexpected changes. GrowOrganic/Peaceful Valley was kind enough to send me some organic Beefsteak seeds in a recent catalog.
If you know me, you know I’ll eat pretty much any food except raw tomatoes. But who am I to pass up such a kind gift? I am, of course, already growing a lot of sauce tomatoes and even some cherries toms. I’m sure I can pawn off the eating tah’maters on someone!
I’ve already been called crazy for the amount of crops I’m going to attempt this year. There’s a fine line between insanity and genius; so we’ll just see which side I happen to end up on.