After months of no posts, and a change of URL, it doesn't seem likely that anybody will still be reading this blog. Not that it had many readers anyway. Oh well... that's not really why it's here.
A new year is upon us. Jenny and I have spent the last few weekends revamping the front yard garden. We replanted some of the fruit trees, yanked some others, rearranged the layout, installed a gravel path, rototilled and amended the soil. Whew! Makes me tired just typing it out. Everything is looking good, if a bit bare right now. I really feel like we're off to a good start this year. Seeds were ordered over the winter and started in the kitchen about 3 weeks ago. Most will be ready for transplanting to the garden soon. This is the first year most of our garden will be started from seed. We're planting several kinds of tomatos, poblano chiles, onions, strawberries, corn, eggplant, cucumbers, several varieties of beans (sorry no specifics, I don't have my list right now, and I can never remember). We're also trying some new stuff this year. Potatos mainly. Jenny located a source for hop rhyzomes, so we're gonna try to grow some. Maybe we'll be able to use them in our homebrew someday.
The backyard is still in a winterized mode, but we'll begin tackling that soon. I think I'm gonna devote at least one of the raised beds to cantelopes, or some other mellon. Not watermellon though. I've tried those for two years, and each time I get decent looking mellons, but just before they ripen, I find them split open, and filled with bugs.
Last year we shared the garden with the world through our participation in the Edible Estates project. It was a great experience, but both Jenny and I are happy to kind of reclaim the gardens for ourselves this year. Since it's springtime, a lot of magazine articles that were prepared month ago are now appearing. Fritz has a scan of one appearing in the newest issue of Dwell magazine, here
. A short video
for Food Network was taped in early January. It's a really good little piece. We had a lot of fun making it. The crew were very nice and interesting to meet. Since it was for the Food Network, we concentrated on the food angle, which was nice because most of the other stuff we've done has focused on other aspects of the project. The food is really what it's all about.
Speaking of which, we do have fresh garden grown produce right now. We have several nice heads of cabbage growing, which should be good for a St. Patrick's Day corned beef and cabbage feast. We also have a decent crop of fava beans that are just about ready to harvest.
My goal this year is to always be planting. I spent far too much time last year worrying about weeds. Vegetables only last for a few months, so over time, bare spots are bigger problem in a highly visible garden like ours than weeds. Planting is more fun than weeding anyway.