my knitting life is a closed fist this week; all my current WIPs are secret projects. one thing i can tell you is the results of the cast on, bind off book giveaway—the winner is: nathan F. thank you all for participating!
soon i should have some knitting to blog about publicly as well, but until then, i’ll have to entertain you with a garden post.
i know, such a dreary topic.
we have been picking meal-sized amounts of vegetables nearly every day and the take has been slowly ramping up. i’m getting hints of it already
there are green beans to pick every day, which i collect in the fridge
and then every few days, i top the whole bunch, blanch them in hot water, and then pack into bags for the freezer. same with the greens; it’s an ongoing process.
we’ve been picking cherry tomatoes most days for the table and now there is one big ripe tomato that i’ve got my eye on for tomorrow’s lunchtime sandwich—my first of the year and i’m prepping for it like it’s an olympic event (you know, the exquisite taste of summer event).
it’s just one for now, but the rest are coming as surely as the sun will rise tomorrow.
we are about to enter those frantic few weeks when it will be a challenge to keep up with them—i love this part, when each day i wake up and put a pot of tomatoes on the stove along with the coffee. a few quarts of puree each morning and before i know it, the freezer is full.
hopefully, things will continue like this until we have all we need. i would love to be able to give them away to the neighbors, too.
the eggplant is phenomenal this year and plentiful as well; we have long asian ones, these traditional dark purple ones, white italian ones, and
these round, lobed, stripey ones which look like they will become a very large size.
i’ve got plans to use those with the squash, peppers, and basil we have in a big pot of ratatouille—maybe tomorrow. i had hoped to have tomatoes to cook with by now, but that’s a few days off . . . i wonder if the squash and eggplant will hold that long? hmmm, maybe . . .
i’m also looking forward to making ciambotta, using our own new potatoes; i’ve got to dig a few up so we can try them. i know they’re ready; they were already a decent size last month.
i did something different this year along the back garden fence—i planted climbing beans to make a pretty screen and it’s looking lovely right now. the beans themselves are nice long, slender green beans, too—i’m so glad i did it.
it gives the garden a pretty look from the back street side, where the patients for the doctor’s office can see it. it’s so hard to keep that area nice.
and with that, i’ve come to the end of my material for the day; time to get back to my secret knitting so i can make time for some public projects.
have a good week; see you in a few days.