Sunday, January 4, 2009

Garden Banter

As I said a few posts back, I have been eating turnips like they are going out of style (or season). That's good though, I like me some turnips, and find that the smaller sized jobs that I've been harvesting are far sweeter, and tender than their store bought brethren. The greens are great as well, especially when married with animal fats. Actually, I need to plant some more turnips to carry me through until spring. 

Nips and a red dragon carrot. 

Beauty.

My beets are being a bit persnickety, and I'm not sure if it's a water or sunlight issue that is keeping them from really doing their thing. The reds, and golden are looking okay, but the chiogga haven't done much in the past few months. They're quite pathetic, actually. New radish sprouts are coming up, and the snow peas are in bloom. I planted several snow peas, mainly for the leaves. Snow pea leaves are one of the most delicate, and amazing things I've ever eaten. I first had them at First Chinese BBQ, and am hooked! We get an order of them every time we go up there--which is about every two weeks--for duck. I'm going tonight in fact...

I came home on Tuesday to a surprise: my landlord and his son had rebuilt my log cabin style compost heap with all new landscaping wood. They even drilled holes through each piece, securing the whole thing in the ground with rebar. It's not going anywhere, hell, I may slap a rough roof on it and let it to an unsuspecting undergrad.

Break it down.

I'll now have enough compost to get me through the apocalypse. Anyone need to hide a body? 

5 comments:

Heather's Moving Castle said...

Great photos and writing! You make me so happy! Not that that is your purpose in life...to please people. But it is a nice byproduct of something you do well and enjoy.

Flapjacks said...

Thanks cuz. I did have duck, and snow pea leaves... and they were good.

Professor Conti said...

You should nag the hell out of Jenn until she starts bringing you compost. Her garbage is rich in non-garbage ingredients.

TexasDeb said...

The Professor actually has a great idea there. You could recruit all the folks you know who do not have compost opportunities to bring it to your large pile rather than putting their compostibles all in the city trash.

Once or twice a year you could reward them with whatever over abundance of produce you have from your amazingly composted garden. And/or share the compost as well. Win/win

Flapjacks said...

I'm working on my neighbors. There are a few houses around that would probably contribute food scraps. It's like y'all are reading my mind.

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