Well, we had our very first CSA pick-up yesterday!
J and I had physicals that afternoon, and there wasn’t much of the work day left after, so all four of us went to the farm.
We signed in and bagged our vegetables in a reusable bag. A bunch of this, a half-pound of that. We traded our collards for kale. We grabbed a pint container, trooped out to the field, and picked the strawberries that were part of our share. F was very interested in picking dandelions.
We came home needing to make dinner for 5 adults and 2 preschoolers. Though we had a fair number of veggies, we didn’t have enough of one (or it turns out, two) things that would feed so many. So I made flash-cooked kale with garlic scapes and some simply sauteed spinach. And a ton of rice and chicken thighs.
J kindly wrangled the dear, if slightly possessive, under-4 sweeties while I cooked in peace.
Then we threw together scratch brownies (slightly underdone, as usual) and served them after dinner with the field-fresh strawberries. Heaven!
Looking forward to bok choi and tatsoi this evening!
My supermarket basil seems to be recovering and flourishing! I got an Italian basil and a Thai basil (because I’m obsessed with homemade pho).
Almost as soon as I brought it home a month or so ago, it flopped over and looked dreadful. I planted it in a container immediately, and it was so pathetic that I took a bunch of cuttings in hopes that at some point I’d have something to show for having purchased two basil plants.
Then a bunch of leaves on the original spindly plants started turning kind of white. Powdery mildew, maybe? I plucked the icky leaves off, figuring that I’d end up just plucking all of the leaves off.
But the disease seems to have gone away, or is at least gone for now. And the plants are growing!
Thinking about taking more cuttings and growing basil all over the place, because free plants and because yum.
I got some time in the garden today! A friend took F from afternoon through evening, J came home a little early, bagged up some heavy brush, and then took Baby C. And then hauled our last homemade lasagna out of the freezer and baked it up because I tossed my big plans for making dinner tonight unceremoniously out the window!
I planted our blueberries, which involved digging, amending the soil, planting, watering, mulching, and watering again. Then I “planted” our two new trellises and sowed runner beans at their bases. Then I realized that I had just cleverly used shredded oak leaf mulch right next to our neighbor’s yard, and in this neighborhood we spend most of November, December, and March (and April?) raking up oak leaves. So I plopped down an old bit of 18″ wire fencing that we found behind the shed to (hopefully) keep any stray leaves off their lawn.
And then I planted our $1.68 bag of 15 bright red gladiolis right in front of the house, and pulled some weeds, and uprooted some annoying ornamental grass.
And then I put things away! I didn’t get dinner till 8:30, but the garden is going. Phew.
Back in the middle of March, my seeds arrived in the mail and we had a couple of super nice, warm spring days. So I went ahead and planted parsley, chives, and comfrey in pots on the deck.
I chose these because they all said to plant before the last frost, or “just” before the last frost, however one figures out exactly when that is. Well, we had quite a few frosts after that, and I assumed nothing would grow.
We have a few feeble chives sprouts. They’re a couple inches tall, wispy, and aren’t seeming to get taller. We have a couple of little baby seedlings in the comfrey pot. They’re so young, with just the two initial leaves out, that I don’t know how to tell if they’re comfrey or volunteers.
But the parsley!
We have probably about a dozen little seedlings going. I transplanted a few into recycled starter pots.
And it’s an overreaction, and a reflection that I’m such a newbie at gardening stuff, but it makes me feel very rich that I got all these baby parsley plants for “free” by just spending a few dollars on a seed packet.
The rain last week smooshed those daffies!
The flowering pear and flowering cherry trees have buds!
I don’t know what this little volunteer is, but I love it.
And raindrops on daffodils.
This has been a challenging week for me. I’m not sure why. Maybe recovering from being sick? Maybe that my infant suddenly decided to put on her demandy-pants and cluster feed for two days? It just felt really hard to even keep up with the basics, let alone plan, garden, spring clean, etc.
But there are still awesome things:
J is working from home in the mornings for a couple of weeks.
I just discovered Weather.gov’s hourly weather maps. Here’s a link to one for Baltimore weather.
The play room is relatively neat.
It’s supposed to be sunny and warm this weekend.
…flatten March’s flowers! And turn the back yard into a swamp again.
F, baby C and I ate lunch on the porch today. It was warm but quite blustery.
Then F watered the herbs and the pots we planted seeds in. I don’t expect those seeds to sprout, by the way – spring wasn’t early (but no way to know up front), and those pots seem to have been dug through (squirrels, probably) many times.
Peaceful and spring-like!
So, Deb’s pho recipe: not a minimalist undertaking! Quite good – F and I liked it, and J really really liked it.
Another not-so-surprising revelation: leftover pho would require a fairly elaborate system of packing to become a brown-bag lunch. Too elaborate. I opted to make tonight’s planned dinner casserole last night after dinner and use it for today’s and tomorrow’s lunches instead. Dinner tonight: pho again! We’re all pretty happy about that. 🙂
We took F to the playground yesterday, even though the cool breeze was cutting through me while I nursed C on the sidelines. J didn’t mind it because he and the other dads were all playing some no-rules version of tag with the kids.
Hoping to get outside again today, at least as far as the shed to finish raking up our leaves. Major mulching plans are afoot with our supply of leaves from 11 oak trees.
It feels good to start the week with dinner already cooked, all three of us dressed and ready for anything right after getting up, blog blogged, and a very modest, flexible plan that inches us toward our goal of a garden.