I have been harvesting herbs today. Bay leaves, thyme, sage, marjoram, lemon verbena. These are tied in bunches using lengths of raffia that in a former life I scrounged from a fish vendor in Hong Kong. The bunches hang in my warm, dark basement until dry, before being crumbled for use in cooking, as teas and as gifts for work.
Soon there will be poppy seeds. These are bread seed poppies. The seedpods don’t open up like salt shakers, so you can either leave them to dry in place or hang them.
The garlic is in.A really good haul this year. I planted only 24 cloves to harvest a whole muck-bucket full. Unusual in that quite a few of the singly planted cloves have sprouted 3 or 4 very large heads of garlic. I couldn’t say what variety, as I haven’t bought seed garlic in years. I just plant the biggest and best cloves around October 15th.
I pulled the little brown onions. The Alisa Craigs are still putting on weight so I’ll leave them to grow for now.
Blueberries have been fantastic this year. I’ve been picking every other day or so, and from only 2 bushes have enough to eat and stock the freezer. This is today’s haul. It’s all about netting. I use plain net curtains from Ikea. The birds can’t get tangled in the very fine mesh. There’s nothing worse than trying to rescue a furious grackle!
Chillies, peppers and squash can be picked daily. The weather is perfect.And it is tomato time at last! They will have their own Six!
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