We get up at 4:30 round right here to get chores completed earlier than our ‘off farm’ jobs require our consideration. By 5:15 this morning it was simply getting gentle sufficient for me to go all the way down to the backyard. I determine I had an hour or so earlier than I needed to get to my different work. I turned on the sprinklers, puttered with weeding and trimming again some kale and herbs. The backyard has all the time been my completely happy place however in case you get an opportunity to look at the solar come up out of your backyard, I extremely advocate it. It takes gardening to a complete new stage.
I additionally spent a while fixing and re-securing the strawberry netting – aspect notice: years in the past I met somebody who grew berries and instructed me he believed in sharing his berry harvest with the birds and residing in concord with them. This sounded excellent to my peace loving, hippie soul and I made a decision proper then and there that’s what I used to be going to do if I ever grew berries. Nicely, I’m right here to inform you that he both didn’t have a clue what he was speaking about or he didn’t prefer to eat berries very a lot. Sharing solely works when each events purchase into the philosophy and at the least on my farm, somebody has uncared for to inform the birds how that is imagined to work. The winged berry thieves fully devastated the primary of the season’s strawberries. Even after that they had their fill the grasping little buggers would nonetheless take a ‘style’ out of every berry, leaving none untouched. Apparently sharing with wildlife is a type of concepts that sounds nice in principle however in actuality works out totally different than anticipated.
It was additionally lastly time to begin harvesting garlic scapes. Anybody who’s been following our weblog or Fb web page know that I’m a confessed garlic scape addict. I need impatiently all 12 months for the extremely brief season. The one downfall of scapes is that they appear to carry out my interior kindergartner, the one which failed in sharing with others. My mom could be mortified by my lack of sharing with my buddies, however since she is never on the web, they’re on their very own. This image of a bowl of vibrant inexperienced, mash could not seem like a lot to you however to me, it represents a 12 months of impatiently ready for a style of heaven.
scapes recent but in addition admire how straightforward it’s to place up scapes for later use.
I wash, chop and throw my scapes into the blender with olive oil and a pinch of
salt. When blended right into a paste I put them in ice dice trays and freeze them.
This scape paste is indescribably wonderful! I haven’t discovered the recipe that
isn’t made higher with scapes. I throw them in soups, combine with different herbs as a
pesto, put it over potatoes, tomatoes, eggs, and proper this very minute I’m
having fun with them with a mashed avocado unfold over hunks of recent bitter dough
bread. I’ve devoured an embarrassing quantity of this scape paste already right this moment,
however on a constructive notice I’ll be free from any potential vampire harassment for
the foreseeable future.
gardening and sunrises. I obtained to take pleasure in a few of my favourite issues earlier than many
had even woken up. I’m feeling notably blessed right this moment. ❤