What can I blame it on, the weather? food ennui? or perhaps the lack of a deadline? I am talking about my sincere disinterest in canning this harvest year 2011. Maybe it’s the CSA (sure, I can blame them, those blameless people who pay me to consume my food) but I haven’t felt the normal pressure I feel at this time of year to can. freeze. dry. and pickle.everything in sight.
Striped Romas, ready
That’ll change this weekend, though: it’s Peach Season. Oh, and the tomatoes are here too. Oh, and the corn. OH! Pressure!! Better get moving! Here’s wishing you all bountiful harvests.
Incidentally: I am trying a new method of tomato staking this year. In each of the 3×6′ greenhouse beds I usually grow 6 plants and have hated doing 2 individual stakes for each one (that’s 76 plants, or 152 stakes, if you’re counting) so this year I tried Shepherd Ogden’s method of hanging them, vertically. Basically, you tie twine around the base of the plant and hold the plant upright, twisting the twine around the stem to some jerry-rigged overhead support. My overhead supports are tilted (4′ at low end, 7′ at high) because, well, the greenhouse roof is curved. Upside: I only drive 2 stakes for 3 plants! It’s working very well so far: no real work for the gardener once they’re up.
Update: The meat chicks are a bit more than a week old, so they spend their day outdoors in the mini tractor (an old chick coop I rigged for my first chickens five years ago now: they lived in it until we built the Taj Mahal). Nights are spent in two big plastic storage tubs with 60-watt incandescent bulbs in the brooder lamps: no need for real heat overnight, and hopefully in a week no light at all. And I still have them on bath towels in those overnight tubs until I can trust them not to eat their wood-shaving bedding (another week hence).