I ate the fish's typical friends for breakfast, yesterday.
Harvested the last of the beets and ate 'em for dinner last night. Delicious! We didn't get enough beets this year and I'll have to plan accordingly next year.
The greens make a nice addition to my morning scramble. Besides the last of the kale (which just keeps pumping out produce), we won't have fresh greens again until the collards, romaine, and Bibb come up.
Planting takes time - adding compost, getting the drip lines right, making furrows and putting in seed, or digging in starts, adding cages or trellises - but harvesting takes more time, because the food needs to be processed. Cleaning beets, for instance requires four containers, one for edible leaves, one for chicken leaves (whatever looks marginal), one for the actual vegetable, one for compost. I enjoy processing the harvest if I can do it outside.
Remember those compost bins we built out of pallets? Well, one's already nearly full.
|That's figwort growing out of the bin at the top center|
I've been making lists of vegetables that do well here in winter, and ones that do well in summer, as well as those that do well on the edges of the seasons. I'm also making lists of winter veg I want to try, like rhubarb and brussels sprouts. I'd also like to try growing wheat or some other grain, for both our needs and the chickens needs. If any of you have experience growing grains, I'd like some advice.
Flowers continue to open up, which makes me and the bees happy.
|Mallow, just on the verge|
Beautiful now, but it's fleeting.