This is where another great part of life begins, eating the new lettuce which has grown for about 6 weeks already.
Mix in the asparagus and chives, strawberry and pansy blossoms, a few new Saskatoon leaves. I could live on my own if I don’t get too tired…it sure is a pile of work. I remind myself again that at least I’m doing what I love.
I’ve spent a lot of years of my life too far from town and too broke to have green stuff in the winter. In fact it wasn’t much better in the summer when I was still short of cash, and was lucky to go to town once a month (if the creeks and weather co-operated, but that’s another story). Not having it makes it appreciated so much the more. There’s only so much enjoyment that I can get from growing wheat greens in the window when there’s 3 feet/ a metre of snow on the ground.
We try to eat mostly the root vegetables, frozen,dried or canned garden peas, beans, corn, squash, onions, berries, pickles and herbs that I grow and preserve each summer. That’s balanced by plenty of wild game and not much tame meat.
I was hoping today was going to be cloudy so the transplants would do well, but instead it turned hot and bright. I’ll just have to keep their bottoms wet until we get a wet day.
Note: The tomato holes have crumbled egg shells, bonemeal, and a tablespoon of epsom salts in them. I grow Roma Tomatoes for making salsa, tomato paste, antipasto, spagetti/pizza sauce, ketchup, bruchetta, chili sauce, etc. I also like to grow a few Beefsteak tomatoes just for eating. They are tastier and juicier. Only a small percentage of all these tomatoes will finish on the vine. When the weather gets too cold in the fall, I will bring them in green and let them finish ripening indoors. They still taste 10 times better than what you buy on the store shelf. i don’t know why. More love and care? There must be more to it. I had a good sized greenhouse for a while, but I find this method is a lot less work. I usually care for 50 plants.
The corn has bonemeal and are planted with the tallest at one end of the row and the smaller, later one at the other. This graduation of sizes means that when a plant is ready to pollinate, that it’s neighbours that are of the same maturity will pollinate with them. a corn plant doesn’t do well all by itself. They are planted about a foot apart/1/3 of a metre in any direction. 100 corn plants are enough to make us happy along with anyone that drops in at the right time of year. Friends we know time their visits. They know when the strawberries are on, or the raspberries, or the peas…