Friday, June 20, 2008

Already?


It snuck up on me!
Best of all, today is the first day we are able to go into the garden and "pick lunch." Sadly, slicing tomatoes still not ready (though we do have one rogue Sungold cherry tomato we'll be sharing). But we have mache, zucchini, yellow crookneck squash, onions, lemon and herbs. Maybe even a little celery pollen (it's insane; deserves a whole post). The entire salad (I guess that's what it will be) comes out of our yard. Well, maybe we'll sneak in a little salt... might not need it, though.
Happy summer, friends.

19 comments:

Papa said...

MmMMmMM, pork chop tree.

Biggles

Kalyn said...

Hooray for summer. I'm just about to eat some arugula and spinach from my garden. Need to eat the spinach quick, it's going to seed!

BTW, BlogHer conference is in San Francisco this year. Amy Sherman and I are organizing a "drop in and say hi" food blogger meetup for people who are coming to the conference plus any local bloggers. It's Sunday 1:00 at Bar Americano, near the ferry building. Would love to see you guys again! (Eventually I will write about this on my blog if I can stop being lazy.)

el said...

Happy summer! I love this part of the season when every day, something new ripens. It gets to be nuts in about three weeks when we can't keep up, but today? Lovely feast.

And please post about your pollen. I am thinking of using what little I have of your fennel seeds in some home-made sausage!

cookiecrumb said...

Dr. Rev. Papa: Didn't you do a bacon taste-off today? Shut up about my bunny food.
(You're just jealous 'cuz all you're growing is linen.)
kissies

Kalyn: Bolting. Dang, happens so fast.
Of course I want to see you again! Um... Sunday, when?

cookiecrumb said...

El! In other words, you've been using up the fennel seeds? That is so cool.
Yes, I will talk about the celery pollen soon. And the onion tops (ohmagah, what a discovery).

Nikki Miller-Ka said...

Happy Summer Solstice, my friend!

culinarily challenged said...

Shwing !Celery pollen? Looking forward to that post.

kudzu said...

Summer? I'll say, honey! It was 100 on my (shaded) back deck at 3 pm -- scared to look, now.

Talk about making a dramatic entrance.

Looking for an ice house to sit in.

Zoomie said...

Wow! Wow! Wow! My zucchinis are blooming over here in chilly East Bay but no fruit yet! I'm impressed! Happy Summer, Kiddo!

dancingmorganmouse said...

Wow indeed, what an amazing bounty. And do tell about the pollen.
Word verification today "hhaptrpy", almost happy!

Stacie said...

happy summer to you too!! it is just now getting dark here, at 9:45pm. hard to get the kiddos to bed! We are a river town, and our river, the Rock River, is over its banks. The town is built on a bluff though, so no real damage. the state park where our claim-to-fame 4th celebration is held is underwater though... and lettuce is the crop of the season! seems to like the rain and cool temps.

cookiecrumb said...

Nikki: It really does cheer me up, and you too, I hope.

C Challenged: (We have the same initials) I will get a lovely photo of the celery today, and write up something soon. It doesn't have much of a shelf life. That's Nature!

Kudzu: I'm *thisclose* to buying a wading pool. But I dread the thought of the muddy, lukewarm bath it would become.
Mister! Use your plant mister! Spritz.

Zoomie: We were pleasantly surprised. I blame all this climate damage on W., but at least in this case I got early zukes.

Morgan: Hhaptrpy winter to you!

Stacie: Thanks for the update. Poor you all. Good lettuce, though! Man, that backyard stuff tastes like pure iron!

peter said...

Wait... Google owns the seasons now?

Anna Haight said...

Wow! Your garden is super! I found a few more green globes on my tomato plant this morning... and square plates - HA! Guess they are still in, or came back!

Lannae said...

Yum, summer, eat locally, eat squash blossoms, yum! I love the idea of "picking lunch"!

cookiecrumb said...

Peter: Oh, right. Like they don't own you yet?

Anna: I'm seriously impressed, knowing the weather conditions where you live. Great!

Lannae: We ate the blossoms raw, and they were good but a little bitter. Chewy, nice. (OMG, I just ate a raw meal.)

Rev. Biggles said...

Yeah, I did do a bacon tasting on Friday and CB still hasn't posted it! He must be busy like me.

Lonely Rev Signing out,

Biggles

Anonymous said...

I'd love to see a picture of your bountiful garden. I've just started to give some structure/shape to mine, and am running out of ideas.

cookiecrumb said...

Anonymous: Let me just describe it briefly, because what matters is where the sun is, and for how long, in your yard. Our patch of lawn is in the shape (and size) of a kidney-shaped swimming pool. We have dug out little plots, no more than two or three feet by four feet at the most, all along the perimeter. And we plant according to where the trees cast shade. So the lettuce is under the shade for a good bit of time, but the tomatoes are at the sunniest end of the yard. There is still a goodly center of grass, for the dog to play and poop on. If we wanted, we could have a gargantuan farm on this tiny speck of earth, but really, we are just digging in some plants where the sun behaves best for the particular "crops." Also, within those parameters, we try to rotate crops so the squash is in a different plot from year to year...
Go visit gardenpunks.com for a spec on how they planned their backyard.