Well, today felt wierd. The weather's great and I've got the next few days off. I can't believe I've got a summer! I don't know what to do with myself?
Tonight was a race to get to preschool orientation. This is the first year both my boys will be at school, just not in the same class. Logan is chomping at the bit to get back, and I heard from his friends parents that they're anxious to play with him, which was good to hear. And Owen is so ready to go to school, he already knows the songs and even knows his way around the school (shh, he's not supposed to have been there), hehe. Anyway, the new parents are great overall, tons of new folks, which is important to us as my wife's the chair of the board.
Anyway, my mother reports that the blackberries are ready to start to pick, so I'll get out the machette and help her this weekend. I can't wait to harvest away and then hack back a third of of the bramble to start the three year pruning cycle! My main concern is that Mother Nature will give us enough harvest to keep us in my favorite jelly for the next year.
Researching local Freedom Gardeners I found a novice homesteader (Sandygogreen) in Woodinville that's really going all out right off the bat. Brave of them, but increadible results. Ah to work in the software industry. I love what they've done with their property. It's going to be amazing when it's all teaming with life!
I also found the Shibaguyz of Seattle that have nearly 30 containers in their townhome back yard getting local and national attention. Pretty amazing! In reading up about them, it seems there is a movement to revive Victory Gardens. Though I like the PTF folk's Freedom Gardens moniker better, a rose is a rose. I also found that our state's Senator Maria Cantwell is on the agricultural committee that controls things like gardens nationally. I may very well drop her a note to make sure she knows the benefits of growing at least a portion of your own food and trying to eat locally (otherwise known as the 100 foot and 100 mile diet). Apparently if every family in the U.S. ate one meal a week locally, we'd reduce our dependence on foreign oil by 1.1 million barrels for every week that happened! Very cool.
So, this weekend I've got off, and I hope to harvest blackberries, more cukes, beans, tomatoes, onions and broccoli. And maybe I'll pull a lower board and check for potatoes. Not sure. I will defintely install my hoop cover brackets on my beds and cut my plastic to fit for ease of setup later. You never know when a frost will hit once October rolls around.
On the pickling front, the pot smells JUST like dill pickles now, which is a very good sign since it's only been a week, not a month.
As for my bread baking, my mother tried my bread and loved it, so she took home the rest of the loaf to let my dad and aunt try it. That means I need to bake more. Great! I was looking forward to perfecting the process to get the best results. If first you don't succeed, try, try again, and gain weight from all the "failures", hehe.
Well, it's late, so off I go. Enjoy your garden!