Oh my lord... it was so hot today, I saw my deceased Grammy, tell me I was going to be the Princess of Canada. I awaken with dirt in my nose, a dog licking the sweat off my neck and sunburn.
I tried to get some work done in the garden, but with temperatures hitting 100+ and my Grammy yelling at me, I came in tried hanging a door and finished off some wainscot in my den. Once the temps started to cool off and Grammy was but a happy thought, I ventured back out to the garden. A couple of chicken tips... chickens love the the leaves of bush beans. I have no leaves left on my bush beans. They also like arugula, who doesn't and they like cilantro. I pull my bush beans out since they appeared to have been ravaged with nothing left and got to work on planting some fall crops.
1. Swiss Chard - I love this stuff because you can dump in some water, wine, lemon and garlic.. boil it down and viola your 400 lbs looks like handful of weeds. Where did it all go? It is like a magic trick. I love the taste and if prepared right it really is killer.
2. Red Cabbage - another sleeper. If you hack this stuff up and add it to a salad the texture and taste makes any roughage taste great. We go to a little Italian restaurant down the street that takes this stuff and chops it up in a salad of iceberg, carrots, cabbage, salami, olives, peppers and thousand island dressing. A little bread and wine and your dancing around the restaurant with a pretend accordion in your arms singing - Mambo Italiano.
3. Onions - I went with a Walla Walla White and a Stockton Red - 12 of each. Onions are a staple in our home and great for lowering blood pressure and keeping loved ones away.
4. Lollo Rosso Lettuce - I already have a ton of Purple Basil and Sweet Basil with some arugula, Lollo Rosso is a good one to add. This stuff can get bitter if it is left to grow, so you really want to cut it when it is young.. it is really full of flavor when it is small.
5. Romaine: I love romaine lettuce and having grown up in Salinas, California - The Lettuce Capital Of The World (when I was growing up, I think it is now the murder capital of California - sad). I put in 12 of these as well.
6. Red Lettuce: Again another great leaf addition to the garden.
7. Celery - nothing like scoop sticks for Peanut Butter!
8. Garlic and Onion Chives - I put 4 of each in of these. WOW, these are the coolest herbies in the world. These smell JUST like their namesake and once cut up and put on a potato - mmmmm m MMM. That's good eat'n. These are also called Chinese Leeks. Those little flowers are precious in China!!! Really in any country. We should not discriminate over these little flowers they are sensitive and cry easily.
I am stoked about these additions. Along with the squash, corn, tomato's, basil, parsley, eggplant, cilantro, and peppers... we are crus'in into fall looking good.
Along with my rock hard abs!