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Home Fermented Hot Sauces. 10.18.18
After the 4" of rain last week, the garden took off, especially the weeds. Weeding around onions is difficult because onion roots are shallow and pull up easily. And my tiny spinach starts got crowded out. Probably getting too hot for spinach anyway.
As for corn, Daniel, it's tasseling already--first planting anyway. Fields of corn are head high (6'), so that old saying needs to be scrubbed.
My grandson (8) and I picked wild black raspberries yesterday for over an hour. I got 3 quarts. He got 1. Despite thorns, heat, insects, poison ivy, and a odorous skunk nearby, he never complained. Well, maybe with the skunk, he did a little. I praised him a lot. We had a good time chatting all the while we were picking. Good kid.
I make a fresh salad dressing for each meal and use fresh herbs as much as possible. I dry herbs from the garden to use throughout the winter.
For oil, I use grapeseed, almond, and avocado, extra virgin olive, canola, peanut, flaxseed, and walnut oils.
For vinegar, I use Bragg's Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar.
I use the same ratios as Patricia, (about 2 to 1).
For variety, add mustard, onions, garlic, parsley, coriander, dill, or rosemary, fresh from the garden or dried. Sweet chili sauce, known as nam chim kai in Thailand, makes a delicious vegetable salad dressing. Just add it to the oil and vinegar.
I make my salad dressing in a large salad bowl, add whatever vegetables you want, preferably from the garden, and let that macerate while I prepare the lettuce. Put the lettuce in last and mix just before dinner.
Top with cheese: parmesan, feta, Romano, Swiss, cheddar, Goat cheese, Bleu cheese, such as stilton, or Roquefort,
Pair stilton and pears.
I make Croutons from Dave's Killer Bread.
Loam Gnome, yes, we have a Generation Garden at L&L Acres with peonies out of both grandparents gardens, iris with lovely shades of yellow, blue, violet, even an almost black one. Rhubarb that is a lovely red color of vegetable. Lilacs from my Great-grandmother's grave, and from my grandparent's gardens. I introduced flowers into my Spokane garden because they reminded me of flowers in my ancestor's gardens; Bleeding heart, poppies, hollyhock, snapdragon, sweet William, and those old-fashioned ones. I will introduce them here as time and space allow.
Oil, vinegar, (about 2 to 1), a little dry mustard, onion, parsley flakes, cayenne, black pepper. Add garlic &/or feta cheese if desired, & shake well. Let stand for at least an hour, shaking occasionally. I never measure.
Does anyone have an easy salad dressing recipe? I don't like to keep it around because I often don't use it up. I tried mixing about equal parts vinegar, oil, water, plus some parmesan, pepper, onion and garlic powder. It wasn't bad, but maybe too sour. The good part is none was left to sit in the fridge, and it was from things I had around the kitchen. But I need a better recipe.
Randy, will your corn be knee high by the 4th of July? I think my first batch might. Some are just germinating. Sweetcorn, I'm not growing other types this year. I was planting a batch every 2 weeks to spread out the harvest.
Joan, that's a big project, and I'm sure there were lots of emotions with that. Were you able to keep any family heirloom plants? Lilacs, or irises?
I planted some Ixia among the strawberries. I don't know why, just because.
The Sisyrichium is almost done blooming. I want to save the seeds, and plant them for a big row of bloom in, maybe, 2 years. These are called "Yellow Blue Eyed Flower" because they are related to one called "Blue Eyed Flower" but are yellow. Strange name.
The Egyptian Walking Onions are a substitute family heritage plant for me. I say that because my grandparents and great aunt grew them, and she gave me a start, but as life went by, I lost them. So 20 years ago I ordered some from Seed Savers, and these are descended from that order.
My house was built in the 70s. It doesn't have much history or character, but needed a lot of work nonetheless. I looked at older homes, but each had a fatal flaw - buried oil tank, termites / carpenter ants, deed confusion with easements. I liked the old trees and shrubs, but had to be practical.
Randy, have you noticed how old things hold our attention and offer a bit of stability in an unstable world, even if the porch boards rot away, the stairs cave in, and cracks appear in the walls?
We spent the months of May and June clearing out my home of 42 years. I was chased out of the house because I wanted to keep everything; so, I spent my time in the garden clearing out the overgrowth from years of neglect because of my health problems. Those inside ask me about some old thing and I say, "It was Grandma Whiteheads stirring spoon she used when boiling clothes on the wood stove," or something like that. The family chooses to put the old things in the "keep" pile.
We made trip after trip to the dump, many to Goodwill and other such places, and truckloads of trimmings from my garden went to recycle.
We hope to have the house on the market by July 1. The floors sag, the house still dances with the changes from winter to summer and back again and the house goes "as it is."
Spud, I'm not sure exactly why vegetable farms can't get crop insurance. Perhaps it's too expensive. Maybe it's because they aren't subsidized like most major crops (farmers).
As for my porch, you should see it up close! It's cracked, falling apart (there's a "fruit cellar" beneath it), and needs cleaning (power washed). Joan, out of the picture is a swing to the right. The glider came from my grandparents--very old. You're right, I should sit out there more often. The chipmunks enjoy playing on it!
Beautiful flowers, Daniel!
Randy, your porch is beautiful and a nice place to sit with a fresh brew of coffee and whatever appeals to your taste buds. A lovely meditation spot.
I can almost smell them......so pretty!
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