Vince makes the best smoked salmon. He doesn’t cook much but that is one meal he makes that I love. When we were at Aldi the other day, and you realize it could have been most any day last week because I know we were there at least three days . . he picked up a couple of pieces of salmon, did all his prep work and smoked it yesterday.
We will eat salmon every day til it’s gone. These pieces were smaller than we usually get so we’ll probably have it today and tomorrow, in addition to having it yesterday. Heck, it may only be enough for yesterday and today.
We had potatoes and green beans with it. Yum. Those are green beans from the garden year before last and they are so good. I’d like to try to grow some again but I don’t know if we’ll have a spring/summer garden again. Too dry, too hot and too many bugs!
We leave some growing to a friend who grows without chemicals. Growing organic takes forever for certification. It is easier for me for him to grow it and in the long run I didn’t know if it is anymore expensive. We grow greens and herbs in containers. We also grow a huge plot of mixed kale, mustard,chicory,turnips(roots) and clover. It always does well.
Judy Laquidara says
I don’t really care about the certification when I’m growing it myself because now one has ever grown anything before we put in a garden. It was raw land . . since the beginning of time I guess. I know we don’t use chemicals and while I couldn’t advertise it as organic without certification, it is organic for our purposes. But, I agree . it’s always easier if someone else will grow it! 🙂
It’s hard to grow anything here because of the bugs, drought and ph of the soil and water but we do have kale, spinach, snow peas, carrots, kohlrabi, garlic, onions and several kinds of lettuce growing this fall/winter.
Nelle Coursey says
You might surprise yourself. Here you never really know what the seasons will bring but a lot of old timers still use the Farmer’s Almanac to grow their crops. In fact they used it for a lot of things including fishing and when was the best time to go.
Judy Laquidara says
The seasons are short because the frost/freezes can be so late and it gets hot so early. Once the night temps are into the 70’s, tomatoes stop setting fruit. The grasshoppers move in and mow everything down. One year I planted green beans and put up 80 pints of beans. The next year, exact same beans, did everything the same and didn’t get enough to cook a meal. Our soil pH is high because of the limestone. Our water pH is the same. It just isn’t worth the effort, plus I’m gone too much to spend the time with it that it needs so my gardening days are about to come to an end.
Rebecca in SoCal says
Will you still be using the greenhouse, or was that to start plants for the summer garden? I remember you put some tender plants in there in the winter, but I think that maybe those are too large for that?
How well did the keyhole garden work? I think there was a lot of amendment done there? Although I think I remember cardboard, and any wood product must be acidic, so no help to your soil!