Free compost

DSCN0992.jpgAutumn leaves are like a big load of free organic fertilizer. I hire a fellow to chop up and bag our leaves each fall, dump them in the garden, and I spread them out like a winter coat . Underneath, come spring, the soil will be black, rich, with too many wriggler worms to count. While you take a nap or cook blueberry pancakes, the worms will multiply, aerate your soil, fertilize it with their castings and leave free compost for you. Our kitchen swill we keep separately in a bin because it seems … well, more dignified.

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Fresh leeks

DSCN1459.jpgI love the taste of freshly-harvested leeks; royalty of the onion family. The white and light green parts are tastiest, so bury young plants deep and mulch high with leaves or such to blanch the stems. These are headed to leek & potato soup.

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The Sunday garden

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Autumn sprouts

DSCN1465Brussels sprouts are healthy and easy to grow. I snip off the growing tip of leaves in fall to put plant energy into the sprouts — which are delicious; the naysayers notwithstanding (roast them.) ¬†Sprouts help prevent cancer with antioxidants and phytochemicals, provide bone-building vitamin K, boost the immune system with vitamin C, and fight inflammation and heart disease. They won’t do windows.

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A helping leaf

Romaine lettuce growing up in the shade of a broccoli plant to shade it and help keep it from bolting. (About 80 broccoli plants, actually.)

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Unintended consequences

Just a thought: I sprayed “Deep Woods Off” on my feet while sitting next the little garden pond, and it killed two frogs. Where I spray it on my feet it also kills grass. WTF, over.

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bamboo pea trellis

DSCN1213It’s like an old glass milk bottle, because it looks good and it works. These are bush peas, English garden peas. I used to grow only Sugar Snap Peas for the farmers’ markets, and while they sell like hot cakes (wait a minute; who sells hot cakes?) but they don’t freeze worth a damn and you can’t find anything in the store that even approaches homegrown Sugar Snaps — a pile of wimpy fat pods is what you find. So, now I grow English peas, because they freeze perfectly.¬†

The trellis I bought from some mail-order supplier, but now I can make my own. they’re like a child’s gate: Bamboo (cheap) fastened loosely with rivets (also cheap). This one expands to 2′ high by 12′ long. Just perfect.

Almost forgot: a couple of garden stakes holds it vertical. 

I’ll use the same thing for a cucumber trellis.

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Heirloom apples

My new Cox Orange Pippin heirloom apple tree *finally* broke dormancy! They do that. It’s one of the finest desert apples in the world, but it makes you wait. Isn’t pretty enough, or large enough for the stores, but it works for me.DSCN1211Unknown

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a little whine

WELL DAMN! I have no photos of babies, cats, dumb animal tricks, or news of Trumpy, My “caps lock” button sticks from coffee drips, or wine, or maybe Stella, and the low temps for every night this month will be in the 40s, and my basil is a foot tall — ready to plant outside where it will promptly die. The Sox won 10-1, and I napped straight through an 8-run second inning. Tomorrow we’re having a bazillion folks from the Sakonnet Peace Alliance over for poetry readings, and we can’t find the Scotch tape (Why don’t they call it Norwegian tape?) so Jana has to seal a b’day package to her sister with Gorilla Glue. The good news is that she’s playing Krishna Das on the Echo machine, but who the hell is that? A whole lotta ooooohhming going on around this house. I may live.

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Leeks

Only a mad gardener such as I would be inspired by this photo. But you WAIT! Just you wait. ;]DSCN1197

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