About once a month I am "unplugging" and contemplating my gardens and "what's cooking" in my thoughts on edibles and delicious foods. I will be offline for several days to catch up and see what may be new and fun.
I just returned from my "unplugged" time visiting with family and friends and generally musing on ideas and things.
Around The Garden:
First if you have peach trees now or very soon it will be time to thin the baby peaches to: 1) get bigger fruit, and 2) help keep too much weight off the branches.
Don't discard the baby peaches. Ones the size of small olives, have no formed pit, so they can be pickled or brined for once a year treat.
Here is my post from last year, which includes my short video link on how to thin your peaches and a pickling recipe. This year I will be trying my lacto-fermentation brining to see how they taste.
We have four kinds of doves visiting our gardens: White Wing, Mourning Doves, The Ringneck and the Inca. Soon we will be hearing the call of the Quail as they start coming through and later with their babies (we call them eggs-with-legs for their tiny speedy runs through the yard).
|Caper Plant - New Growth|
I am a big fan of using oatmeal as a savory addition/base for meals. It subs nicely for a typical side dish like rice or mashed potatoes, can be seasoned with any combinations of herbs and spices you love and is a super healthy option (don't use instant).
I just had my last free seed share until fall at the Mesa Urban Garden. I then took a bunch of seed over to the Seed Library at the Mesa Library. (I still have a lot of seed in my seed bank.)
Here is the link on the Mesa Seed Library. If you have a library card you can check out seeds and then when you harvest at the end of the season, return some to keep the seed library going.
Phoenix Libraries also have seed libraries at several branches. Here is the link.
These seed libraries are wonderful, BUT require the support of the community. If you think this is a no-brainer, consider that some seed libraries within city libraries were shut out because of concerns from Ag-related entities. Keep the seed libraries open by using them!!!
Have a great day in the garden and kitchen,
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-- Catherine, The Herb Lady
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