Friday, March 21, 2008

Eclectic Easter

To celebrate the holiday we made a great big Monster Cookie (Charlie alternates between saying "Monster Cookie" and "Cookie Monster") in the shape of an egg. All right, it wasn't a chicken's egg per se, but I'm sure it resembles some kind of animal's egg. Maybe a T. Rex.

This is our time of year to get ready for the garden (and damn the snow falling outside my office window as I type!) We let our "winter spinach" die and plan to use the pots to put mignionettes underneath the strawberry print kitchen curtains. They'll be "grabbing distance" from the cereal bowls.

The compost is looking like... compost! If you've followed us since the installation of Darth Vader, you'll understand how thrilled I am by this most ordinary of miracles. I haven't wanted to put our pesticide-laden winter produce compost in the old DV; everything has gone into our regular community compost.

I hate putting food in our bodies that I don't consider good enough for my compost. This summer, I plan to can (as in mason jar). Our food strategy is to cultivate mostly unique and heritage strains of veggies, herbs, and medicinals, while we stock up on basics at the market. We'll can and freeze as much local, organic produce as we can to try and make it through the winter. Many thanks to Cindy Bablitz for inspiring me to take the leap to canning!

So it'll be an eclectic garden. Here's our Easter order from Salt Spring Seeds:

Yellow Mortgage Lifter (tomato)
Russian Rose (tomato)
Gramma Walters (bean)
Triumfo Violetta (bean)
Friggitello Pepper
Georgescu Chocolate Pepper
Italian Sweet Pepper
Sue Senger's Chile Pepper
Nantes Carrot (Daucus carota)
Early Yellow Globe Onion
Parsley Giante d'Italia (Petroselinum crispum)
Greek Oregano (Origanum vulgare)
Horehound Green Pompon (Marrubium vulgare)
1000 Year Old Tobacco (Nicotiana rustica)
Evening Primrose (Oenothera biennis)
Marshmallow (Althea officianalis)

I imagine we'll add to this list as seeds tempt me throughout the spring. Plus we'll grow both varieties of pole beans from last year, our usual raspberries, the five varieties of garlic we put in last fall, and an apple tree--"wood" to celebrate me and John's fifth anniversary. I'm hoping for success with a Honeycrisp. Svenja and I are also planning to grow a flower playhouse for the boys.

And perhaps a butterfly flower garden under the apple tree.

And, er, some old world roses under the living room window.

I sure hope Charlie loves gardening...


Cindy said...


I couldn't be more tickled to have inspired another urban pioneer to take up canning! I sealed up 160 jars last harvest season and I'm already out freecycling all the pint jars I can get my hands on planning to do even more this summer.

I learned everything I know about canning from the internet. I'd head down to the market, buy up several bushels of fresh picked and come home and google.

I can't wait to hear all about your results! Gardening for my own harvest is my learning curve this summer ... you already have a leg up on me on that front.

Cindy said...

And I'm curious: 1000 year old tobacco? That'd be for ... ?

Do you have a ginormous yard/garden? Or will you need to share off some of those seeds? Nudge nudge wink wink.

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