Monday, May 21, 2012
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
I am not a food stylist, or a professional photographer, but I thought you'd like to see our dinner of local foods last night. Clockwise from the top are our first meal of English peas from the garden, served with lots of Happy Cow Creamery butter, pork chops from Wil-Moore Farms broccoli raab from Crooked Cedar Farm in Blythewood sauteed with my garlic stored from last summer, and my freshly harvested potatoes, served with more Happy Cow Creamery butter and my parsley. Yum!!
Thursday, May 10, 2012
All spring I have been pleasantly surprised when I dig in the garden because I have not found many Japanese beetle grubs. I usually find dozens of them, but over the past few years, I have diligently destroyed any I find by drowning them or feeding them to the chickens, and so I hope the absence of grubs means I will have fewer problems this year. I began digging in my new raised bed, to which I added manure someone gave me, and found the soil covered with grubs. Hundreds of them.
|A Barred Plymouth Rock chicken pecks at grubs|
Initially, I gathered some into a container and took them to the chickens, but decided that the job would keep me there all day. I brought a couple of chickens there to eat the grubs directly from the ground, and later, after discovering numerous crickets under mulch in the garden, brought a chicken into the garden to catch and eat every cricket of the dozen or so I exposed. The chickens ate grubs until their crops, the area in their neck area that stores food, was the size of golf balls. I put the full chickens back into their pen for a well-deserved nap, and put two hungry chickens in the bed to work for their dinner.
|Sterling in his wheelchair from K9 Carts and resting his head on some blankets I provided for him|
Thursday, May 3, 2012
If you live in the South and start seeds now, you should have enough time to get the quickly-growing plants large enough to survive next winter, especially if you place a thick layer of mulch around the roots. If you have artichoke-growing friends, it's also possible to get a sprout from the side of their plant, including the roots, and plant it in your own garden, just as you would any other perennial.
|Artichoke that's ready to pick at the top, with smaller bud below|
|Trimmed whole artichokes steaming in preparation for cooking|
|Battered and fried artichoke hearts. I'm from the South, and I can't help it: this is my favorite way to eat them so far. I steamed them for about 20 minutes before frying them.|