Short post tonight as there is nothing particularly garden related to say. I will however, talk about the weather. What started out as a decent morning such that I didn't even think to bring a coat to work, ended up pouring rain with thunder and lightning. It was also dark at 4:30 due to the dark clouds. It reminded me of October/November weather. It also made me wonder if the clouds will let enough light into my garden under those hoop covers to grow veggies during the winter.
On a research note, I read up on carrots in my Growing Veggies West of The Cascades book and according to Steve Solomon, I planted my carrots too late. He says plant no later than July 10th, because if they don't grow a tap root before the first frost, they'll rot or something. I was under the impression that I could grow them under cover. Now Mr. Solomon doesn't consider a hoop cover, it does concern me. Carrots and peas due to the late planting, especially if today is any indication of the next two months. I sure hope my brother's right about his theory. I'll be mad if I missed the opportunity to have two pea crops in a year.
Lastly, my sourdough starter is still showing those same two bubbles. I'm hoping they invite more to the party over the next day. I also have been pinging DoubleD about my bread as she is also experienced at no-kneed bread making. That woman is phenomonal. The CFO of a Puget Sound city, a nearly homesteading gardener and a bread maker. She amazes me. Anyway, she said she uses the liner of her crock pot to make bread in. Unfortunately her recipie only calls for 450 degrees and mine for 500. I'm not sure it would hold up to 500 degrees, but maybe if I ask Eric over at Breadtopia if his recipie can be adjusted down to 450, I could use our liner and my pizza stone. That should work, and if it doesn't break for DoubleD, mine shouldn't either. Hehe I hate to test it at 500 for fear it'll break and I'll have to buy a whole new crock pot AND a dutch oven. hehe. She did say she wouldn't use it long-term for fear of breaking on repeated usage, but if I like the bread I'll spend the $20 for a dutch oven and find a place for it in my crammed kitchen (the real reason I don't have one already).
Anyway, tomorrow I add more flower to the starter, and use spring water instead of pineapple juice. I had to buy a gallon of the stuff as it was the smallest container they had, though I only need a few tablespoons, hehe. Hmm, I guess I could have driven up to North Lynnwood and bottled my own artisian well water that would probably have done the trick. It only needs to be clorine free to avoid the clorine stopping the fermination process. I sure hope it's frothy tomorrow. I guess I'd have to email Eric again if not to see what to do. His test batch was bubbling by now. The only difference with mine is I used a solid tub not a transparent one. Not sure if it matters, his instructions didn't specify clear. /shrug
Ah well, enjoy your garden and hope your end of summer weather is better than ours! Wish me luck to have more tomatoes ripen.