Friday, June 4, 2010
Who Has Time to Blog - I've Been Gardening!
We made two more raised beds, bringing my gardening space to 64 square feet. The zinnias, collards, dill, chives and cilantro I started from seed survived the transplanting, but the sunflowers look pathetic, so I think I"ll have to buy a few of them to add to the tomato and zucchini plants I got at the nursery.
I planted okra which sprouted quickly - but it looks kind of straggly. Since I've never ever seen it growing I don't know quite what to expect, but I don't think this is it. But hey, how much okra can a couple of Yankees eat, anyway! The collards seem prolific - I'll have to figure out how Miss Idella Rawls, from the Baptist Church in Pearlington, Mississippi fixed them for the meal she served to volunteers and neighbors alike when we were there a year ago. I probably can't even comprehend how much grease it took to make them so yummy. But we like them sauted them with a little olive oil and garlic, and I have a meatloaf recipe that uses the leaves as a wrapper like pigs in the blanket and cooks in the crockpot. So I should be able to keep up with the collard greens.
Are we saving any money? Doubtful - but the satisfaction of digging in the dirt and even playing in the water from the rain barrel are great blessings to me these days.