|THE GARDEN IS ABUNDANT AROUND MEMORIAL DAY - SIBERIAN IRIS' STRUT THEIR STUFF IN THE PERENNIAL BORDER BUT CHORES START EARLY IN THE MORNING AND END LATE IN THE EVENING.|
Why does it all have to happen at once! Last week, the weather was cool and damp, this weekend, hot, humid and suddenly, everything in the garden takes off. We all know that in America, Memorial Day marks the time when anything can be planted in the garden - tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, peppers and most every summer vegetable as now the night time temperatures shift from cool to warm. But is always surprises me how in just a few days, everything can grow. The cut flower sweet peas are growing about 4 inches a day, in the garden, turnips, radishes and spinach are being harvests, and this week will bring the first of the spring green onions. The solstice may be three weeks away, but suddenly, it is summer.
|SPINACH FROM ONE RAISED BED HAS BEEN HARVESTED, FILLING TWO LARGE STAINLESS STEEL BOWLS.|
|TWO POUNDS OF FRESH ORGANIC GARDEN GROWN SPINACH COOKS DOWN TO A MERE ONE CUP, BUT OH, SUCH A TREAT.|
|NO SPINACH FOR FERGUS, HE JUST HAD TO WATCH HOWEVER BEGGING FOR EVEN JUST A LEAF. HE WAS GETTING SICK OF BEGGING FOR TOFU.|
|WE SERVED THE SPINACH ON TOAST, AND POACHED TWO DUCK EGGS ALONG WITH A GOOSE EGG TO REALLY POLISH OFF THE LUNCH BEFORE HEADING BACK OUT INTO THE GARDEN.|
|BABY TURKEY'S ARRIVED!|
Our poults arrived today from two farms in Rhode Island along with some chicks so we can have chickens. We decided to raise turkeys this year, selected three heritage breeds to raise this year for Thanksgiving and winter meat ( I know - vegetable based diet? Only until July!). Joe chose the Narraganset poults since they are not only a local breed, they will be sturdy given our climate here in New England. We stuck with local breeds, adding in some Barred Rock chickens, some crosses between local breeds, as well as two other turkey breeds that I forget not ( I'll have to ask Joe in the morning). It takes 28 weeks for turkeys to get fattened up for market, so these poults really will be ready for slaughter ( eew - that will be another issue!) by the winter holidays.
|THIS BLACK CHICK IS A BARRED ROCK CROSS.|
|A PRICKLY HORNED POPPY BLOOMS IN ONE OF THE ALPINE TROUGHS.|