Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Tomatoes, peppers, broccoli, celery, onions, eggplant, leeks, radicchio, cauliflower, cabbage, and ground cherries. All these veggies we've started inside on the plant shelf my Dear Man threw together.
And the onions were finally planted out in the garden...somewhat overgrown and rootbound, but healthy!
My Man, with help from my brother, turned under the sod in the garden area, and we discovered that most of the ground is saturated with large railroad gravel! We'll be pulling out rocks for years...but the dirt is lovely!
Pruning season is over, and we got more work done on the trees than we expected! We did stretch the pruning season in order to get some of the most urgent cuts done...
Now to wait and see how they respond!
Now to wait and see how they respond!
On another note...isn't the spring weather lovely, when it isn't pretending to be winter?
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
It is a new experience, planning a whole garden, just for two people. I'm accustomed to planning the peppers for Mom's big garden (you can read about it here... Wilson Street Urban Farm) and helping out with the rest of it, but planning my own? and for just 2 people? I'm trying, with plenty of help from my Man...
We started our onions and leeks earlier in March, and they are growing merrily on the mostly-assembled plant shelf with super-bright grow-lights.
We started celery too, which is also growing...
Last fall we rushed a few garlic bulbs into the ground, and they are starting to grow, but unfortunately the frost heaved them out. Next year we hopefully will have mulch to keep that from happening. I don't know if they are salvageable...maybe once the ground thaws we'll be able to shove them back in.
On a different note...but not really that different...
My perfect future home with my Dear Man is in a little dilapidated city home (that was free!) at the end of a notorious dead end street in an area of Buffalo that few people want to move to. The other thing that makes this ideal is the fact that there is a plot of land beside the house...and this plot of land is 6 acres of open grass, old apple trees, and tall cottonwoods. Surrounding everything are train tracks. Don't you agree? Perfection.
The apple trees are old, neglected and in desperate need of tender loving care. They have many broken and dead branches, and diseased and overcrowded limbs that we are trying to figure out how to start pruning.
The orchard is a little piece of heaven in the congestion of Buffalo for those who love and long for wide open skies...
Our future garden plot....the orchard is behind the photographer (me).
I think I mentioned the house needs work....but can you see the new life thriving within?
It is amazing, being in the city, but feeling like I am in the country.
A new chapter is beginning...and spring is coming. Life is good.
For those with concerns:
The street retains its bad reputation from a few years ago. Now all the drug houses have been demolished and 'those people' are gone.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
One thing fun about Camembert cheese is the short aging time. The other is the transformation facilitated by the Penicilium Camemberti mold. The cheese goes from being mild, firm and boring, to having a snow white exterior, and flavorful, lusciously silky inside.
Yes, the Camembert is already done!
Actually, it could stand to go another week or two, but it tastes amazing and has lovely texture as it is. I would like it to get a little oozier, but am also wondering if letting it go longer will cause it to develop an ammonia flavor. The last batch I made had a hint of ammonia, and this one has none! The rind on this cheese was even delicious...and I don't normally appreciate rinds.