I guess we should have known by the oddly warm and early spring we had this year that we were in for one hot summer, but this is crazy.
It is insanely warm. Not only are people having a hard time in the heat, but so are the plants.
Take my poor little herbs I potted in May. All was well with them at first. Then at the end of June I went away for a few days to help with kitchen reno (by help I mean watch) and then off to my Dad’s wedding. And while I was away that blaring sun got to my herbs.
I came home to pots of dying and, in some cases, downright fried little herbs. I cut back what I could and took good care of them..
Some of them are almost recovered. Others, though, I am pretty sure are dead.
The Dreamboat and I have been excitedly going through our Community Sustained Agriculture (CSA) box each week to see what’s inside. For the most part it is laden with tasty veggies that I already know the name of, but sometimes there is a new surprise in the mix.
One of these surprises was a large handful of garlic scapes in our first two boxes.
I had never heard of the scapes, but it is simply the top part of the garlic plant. It looks like a closed flower waiting to bloom, but apparently if you leave it to do so it will sprout small garlic bulbs that you can then plant into the garden.
If you do this, though, the plant will have to divide nutrients between the stalk and the bulbs, so farmers and gardeners tend to cut the scapes off.
So what did we do with the garlic scapes?
We chopped them up and added them to my famous (slash taken from my best friend’s recipe box) Goat’s Cheese Brushetta. Generally the recipe calls for a chopped up clove of garlic, but I substituted a handful of chopped garlic scapes in its place. Continue reading →
Wow. What a crazy week. I apologize for the weird order of posts this past week, but I have been pretty busy lately with visits both at home and away. We are finally back from our travels, so I wanted to fill you in on week 3 of the DSF 30 x 30 Challenge.
On Friday the Dreamboat started getting ready for his trip down south to Muskoka to help his friend M with a kitchen renovation. At the same time I was getting ready for M’s girlfriend L to come to our house with her little one LD. It was a pretty busy day, but Little Man and I managed some time outside in the backyard.
What a week. I was sick. Little Man had a fever of 103 degrees Fahrenheit on Monday, and general poopiness the rest of the week. And the Dreamboat had a huge project at work that took up most of his time and finally finished on Thursday.
We are all spread so thin right now I am sure we are translucent.
To fight back on the sick and tired, we tried our best to get outside as much as possible, even if it was only for a short time. I promised pictures and an update on week one of the David Suzuki Foundation 30 x 30 Challenge. Here is what happened: Continue reading →