Sorry for the lack of updates lately. I’ve been flat-out busy and need my off time for resting, not writing.
Overall, my technique of “stacking” events so I have one busy weekend then three weekends off (as opposed to having something almost every weekend) is working really well. I need to remember that weeknight events are tough if I’m going to also try to work a full day, though.
This week sees 3 events in 5 days. Wednesday’s pickle workshop for stroke survivors was a hoot. Felt like I was in the midst of a vegetable shark frenzy at points. Today, I’m doing an intro to food preservation (including cheesemaking), and tomorrow is the big salsa canning work day (9 people and a projected 65 pints or so of salsa).
Though much of the garden looks “fallow” to me right now, there are potatoes ready to be harvested, the tomatoes are coming in, and it looks to be a much better year for squash than last year. Cukes are probably done for the year, and the fall crop of beans and peas are starting to bloom. The greenhouse is looking a bit fried, and again I wonder if it’s worth it to plant in the summer.
And why didn’t anyone tell me black-eyed peas are POLE beans? It’s a gorgeous mess of legumes out there…where I stuck a few poles in, the vines are probably 10 feet long. The rest are around knee-deep, and winding vines around each other like they’re holding hands. The three sisters garden is also doing pretty well; the beans are a bit sickly, but the squash looks productive and the squash vines are deep enough they might stand a chance of deterring the critters from the corn. Though I’ll believe *that* when I see it.
One of these days I’ll post pictures, and my recipe for calabacitas and my argument why zucchini is a useless, high-maintenance vegetable…and what to plant instead.