Our main garden vegetable garden is close to the house, right alongside the driveway. The sunlight is great there and a watering source close by. But behind the stone wall there is a field, and in that field there is open space and a few shade trees and a horse (not ours) and a pumpkin patch. Oh, and blueberries and strawberries. This field sure holds a lot, it is oh-so-pretty back there.
Having brought back plants from Vermont, I needed more garden space to plant them.
And so I dug. This part of the earth had been turned over once in the spring, we composted too. I had plans for this sprawling garden of winter squash and melons (hoping raccoons do not touch the melons!), but none of my melon seeds germinated and as far as the squash goes, well, I just never did start those seeds. The weeds grew in, the weeks passed. I realized my best chance at growing these items would be to find some mature and robust seedlings. An assortment of these plants was the only thing I wanted to bring back from Vermont. (Thank you Vermont. You really do have everything I need.)
And so this week we dug up those weeds, added more compost, and planted our Vermont garden. Now if I can just will the deer and other critters to stay out of it because a fence won't be happening this year. Actually, I'm sure the whole thing will be greatly expanded next year.
Because these things matter now, little Scout thinks it came out just fine.
I'm sure there is more to capture than garden happenings, but I can't seem to think of too much else right now. A reader emailed me about my potato beetle concern and she pointed me to the underbelly of the leaves to look for larvae. Sure enough, there it is. Only on two leaves though but I will check daily for more to come... thank you for your help Jen!
He is such a fan of leafy greens. Not so much the eating of them, but the getting to play with one of his very own each night as we make dinner. He twirls around and tears it to shreds, then walks away... hmm. That's not the cute part.
My laptop is going in for repair this week, and I'll be going away for a week coming up shortly. Both of these details are keeping my ebook, Mealtime Salads, at bay for a little longer than I had hoped. It looks like late July at this point. I'm so excited to share it with you though!
Did you know Renee has a new ebook coming out too? We're actually writing about the same topic! This happened by complete chance - we were chatting through email in the early spring and were sharing new projects and ideas we had coming up... we both had ebooks in the works on the topic of meal sized salads! So funny. We're excited to share our different perspectives and experiences as well as unique recipes. The best part, the recipe section of Renee's book will focus mostly on whole food dressings and mine will focus on salad compositions and hearty toppings (think yummy bean recipes, sunflower burger bits, smokey tempeh, etc). Both books will be valuable to anyone looking for ways to make salads a daily mealtime focus.
I'd like to put it out there that I'm looking to hire someone to design and help with the publishing logistics of this book. Making it look pretty, have proper elements such as a table of contents, making sure people can read it on multiple devices, etc. If you know of a designer/ebook publisher to recommend, please let me know! (firstname.lastname@example.org)