Gardening and Baking Today

It was a beautiful morning to do a little more weed whacking, and some digging in the dirt. I dug up and divided enough comfrey to plant between each blueberry bush in my hugelkultur bed. There are fourteen bushes in the bed, so thirteen comfrey splits.

I have been cultivating comfrey for over ten years here, dividing and intermingling it into my gardens. The bees love the flowers, the chickens eat the leaves, the plant itself has tap roots that go clear to China, (well, not quite) and bring up essential minerals to their leaves. The leaves make fabulous mulch. It is an indispensable addition to my growing plan.

I have three more blueberry bushes in this bed, which is where I’m sneaking in some bush bean plants this year.

I think there are ten more young blueberries in the raised beds below these. We have between tents five and thirty bushes, I’d have to count. About half of them are young, and just starting production.

The green onions that I had in water in the window sill have been planted, and I relocated some of the Egyptian Walking onions to a single raised bed this morning. I meant to get my tulips relocated, but I ran out of steam.

They are growing up under some of the bushes, and need to be moved.

I took my four mile walk pretty early this morning, as there was rain in the forecast. I’ve noticed there’s been a slight uptick in trash along the sides of the road. I personally find fast food disgusting and haven’t touched it in probably twenty years, but I couldn’t help but boggle at stopping for fast food and eating it while driving right now. Talk about gambling with your life! Ugh!

I finished five or six face masks in the wee hours before I went for my walk, and will work on them a little later. Oatmeal Raisin Pecan cookies are done baking, and I have rolls rising to take over to my mom this afternoon.

I hope to see a lot of gardens this year, even if they’re small and in pots on the patio. Are you planning on a garden this year?

CJ Tinkle

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  1. Gwynette in NW Arkansas

    We always plant a big garden. I can green beans, purple hull peas, tomatoes and okra, tomatoes and onions together for a side dish or use as a soup base. We always have lots of zucchini and yellow squash and loads of okra. Hubby grows watermelons and 4 or 5 different kinds of pumpkins, which I purée and freeze. My favorite is Long Island Cheese for pies and muffins. Have lots of thornless blackberries, a few blueberries and Concord grapes. The birds get most of the cherries. Pear trees have lots of blooms this year. We just planted potatoes, turnips, spinach, beets, kohlrabi, and kale. Tomato plants and peppers are doing good this year and will plant when the ground and night temps warm. So rewarding to work in the garden and take care of the ripened produce. We no longer raise our own beef, but my freezer is loaded with fish, beef, pork, and chicken. Also have toilet tissue!!! Lots of fabric, so we are set for the duration. Wishing you a fruitful garden and good health!!

    1. tinksquared

      I’m feeling a bit envious Gwynette, even though I’ve lost a lot of interest in gardening. We still have all the equipment, but not the land, so it’s all done by hand, which I dislike. I hope as many people as able plant gardens this year, even if they’re tiny. I’m worried about the supply chain, and workers to harvest crops. Those pumpkins sound delicious! We grew an heirloom French variety one year that was absolutely to die for. Wish I could remember the name.

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