Saturday, June 18, 2016
Working In The Garden
Taking time off from WORK to work in the garden. The major crop here at Chez Joanne is the weeds. I covered one raised bed (5 by 8 feet) with black landscape fabric and cut little squares and planted 20 pepper plants. Ace and New Ace. They are your basic green peppers that mature into a nice red pepper. Like the ones in the center segment of today's picture. I initially bought New Ace but later saw the regular Ace seedlings and got them. That's why there are 20. I think I like regular old Ace.
I add about a Tablespoon of sulfur, some Epsom salts, some quick to dissolve lime, and Osmocote 6 month granules to each plant. I also go back and water the transplants with Plant Starter which helps new transplants settle in and make new roots. I like to transplant at about 4 pm so the new plants don't have to deal with the hot sun until the next day. Saves them from serious wilting which can be fatal. Plant Starter smells like B vitamins.
My seedlings (I started them myself from seeds) are growing nicely. Outside under a row cover on nice days and under lights in the house on dark, wet or cold days. Since we are starved for rain here in Maine--it's usually cold days.
G and I dug around in the garage and found some nice large pieces of black landscape cloth. I'll be using those pieces when I plant my squashes and cucumber seedlings. I also want to plant potatoes and green beans. Then I will be nearly finished. Still have to replant carrots. I also got about 15 leek seedlings planted in the onion and garlic bed and it looks like a few scallion seedlings are coming up. My arugula has gone to seed but that's okay with me as I like it sautéed with onion in a frittata-- so old and really strong tasting is okay.
I made a batch of Orangette's Granola #5 this morning. Do use the entire cup of maple syrup called for in the recipe. I had a few spoonfuls before heading out to the garden. It's very good. I also baked a Rhubarb Custard Pie. Old fashioned and tart. But delicious. I now have three large bags of frozen rhubarb in the freezer and we saw the roadside table set up---I have my cash money and I'll be buying Maine strawberries in the next few days---- to make jam. Strawberry Rhubarb Jam. I also need to buy the gigantic bag of sugar for all the jam making in the next month or 2. Blueberries. And if there are "too many" blackberries--I'll make jam out of them as well. But I love blackberries with my yogurt. Too many blackberries is impossible to imagine.
I have only two boxes of TJ's Bran Flakes left. Which means by the end of June I need to have another breakfast cereal to eat. Or, since it's summer I could go over to the dark side and have Smoothies. Easy enough to do since I won't be working in July and August. Not working at the greenhouse job. Trial Retirement. Seeing if I can stay at home and be happy. Wish me luck. I think I'm going to like it.........