I don’t know where it is all going.
The temperature has been rising; we’ve been in the 80’s for several days now. Maybe I’m moving slower in this heat, my winter skin still not fully shed, but my summer brain listing all the beds that need weeding, the plants that need transplanting, the boxes that need making for market, and then I turn around and my house has gone and made a huge mess in protest to my neglect. We had family up this weekend, which was the only reason I remembered the house in the first place.
I managed to get it presentable by the time they arrived, there were still a few dishes that needed to be done and some dirt that could have disappeared, but there were lovely flowers on the table and fresh towels in the bathroom. As part of the holiday weekend Josh’s dad took it upon himself to put in a real door out to our garden. I say real door because it has a doorknob unlike the other doors in this house that use weights to keep them closed. The project ended up taking more than just an hour since our house is less than plum, but by the time Monday afternoon rolled around we had a lovely new door out to the front garden. I couldn’t be more thankful for all the work that was done this weekend, we got the door in, Josh’s sister and step mom helped me weed one of my herb beds and prune some of the overzealous lilacs we have growing around the house. I have to say it was a bit of a relief that they were all so eager to work on something, with so much to do it is so nice to have a family that is willing to pitch in even if it is a holiday. I hope they all had fun, and I apologize we didn’t have time for badminton.
Yesterday afternoon Josh and I transplanted our Tomatoes and Peppers into their permanent home atop the hugel bets. Josh declared it to be summer and we rejoiced behind our bug netting hats. We’ve also been reveling in the beginning of produce coming in. Asparagus, radishes, chives, orach, cress, spinach, and the abundance of edible weeds such as lambs quarter, plantain, and my new favorite chickweed. Josh’s sister turned me on to the plant, and its sweet flavor somewhere between a green bean and a pea pod make it an absolute delight to snack on in the garden. We are also playing with cattails.
I’m still not sure the best way to sell them, they have this succulent soft core that goes fairly high up the stock, but to sell just the core would be hard because it is so soft it might not hold up to five hours in the open air. We’ll see what happens. We sold them in bunches of three at the market and just told people to peal the fibrous skin back to find the cucumbery goodness within.
We also had morels at the last farmer’s market, wouldn’t you know my brother has them growing in his yard and around his pond. We were able to harvest ten good-sized morels from his place and then we found another 6 along our driveway. The morel gods have spoken. I made a tasty lawn salad with toasted morels and ricotta cheese, here is the recipe.
4 cups lawn greens (lambs quarter, dandelion greens, plantain)
You can substitute any cooking green like chard or spinach into this
½ cup ricotta cheese
4 ramps (now that they are past you can use 5 scallions or 2 leeks since they have come into season)
2 good sized morel mushrooms
2 tablespoons butter
Salt and Pepper to taste
Rinse all your greens under cold water and make sure you get all the tough stems out. Sauté the ramps (or leeks/scallions) in 1 tablespoon of butter until translucent. Add the greens and sauté them until they are soft and have lost some of their bitterness. (If you are not a fan of bitter greens blanch the dandelion and plantain in boiling water for about 2 minutes before sautéing) Place the greens in a bowl and add the ricotta, salt and pepper and set aside. Chop the morels into rings about as thick as a nickel; place them in the left over tablespoon of butter and sauté until crisp and brown. (You should always cook morels for at least five minutes before consumption never eat them raw). Top the greens with the morels and serve.
We planted our rice amongst the tadpoles, salamanders and frogs in our patty. So far it is growing strong and making a lovely home for our water loving friends.
Potatoes have also gone in, our Adirondack blue potatoes from Fedco had rotted because our house was too warm (keep your potato seeds in a cool dark place!) but we had almost 20 from last year that we didn’t get to eating and had grown long purple spuds, we put them in the ground near our old chicken coop and hope for the best, I do love my purple mashed potatoes.
How is planting going where you live? Have you left the threat of frost behind yet? Did you lose any plants to the huge storms we had last week? Do you know of any other tasty lawn treats you want to share?
Lawn Salad and a New Door