In the winter I seldom bake and almost never bake bread. If I bake it I have to eat it and you know how that goes. But now it is spring and my workers are beginning to slowly filter in (more coming next week) so I have begun to wind up the baking routine.
Here is the link to my favourite recipe for bread. It is deadly simple.
Sheila is settled in well down the back. She spends her nights in her underground home. Here she is watching me feed the chickens knowing it is her turn next.
Yesterday the asparagus was cleared off and covered in mulch and fertilised. It is pouring rain today. Boo is watching me write from the back of my wardrobe, hiding from the thunder.
Alex my student worker has found his feet very fast. He has just come out of the Navy where he worked in a submarine. He is very organised, easy to work with and has a great sense of humour. His objective is to learn as much as possible about farming this summer, with the intent to join the Peace Corp in West Africa. Learning how to grow his own food seemed to him to be the best training for this mission.
Last night he was working on a spreadsheet designed to keep track of the plantings in the glasshouse (which he has tidied up). He is excited to have found many fresh seeds for some very hot chilis. He has taken to the glasshouse finding his passion in there. I told him he could grow and pot up one of each variety of hot pepper I have and take them with him in his car as he works his way around the country learning. He loves hot food.
I am not a spreadsheet kind of person so this is good learning for me. This summer we will be Seed Saving and creating a bank of seeds. So record keeping is pretty important for that. I am getting a lot of support and advice from the Seed Savers Exchange. And will be hosting a seed saving event in October called My Great-Grandmothers Garden. I am worried about the lack of genetic diversity in our vegetable gardens (let alone the supermarket shelves) and hope to develop a small group of gardeners who can learn and teach seed saving with and to me. It is literally dangerous to have such a limited pool of food varieties. Take the potato famine in Ireland as one example. That was an important lesson that we have forgotton again. Putting all our eggs in one basket.
I have always saved a few seeds but I am late to serious seed saving and I know many of you save seeds for your gardens so I am hoping we also can swap seeds in the future. This is pretty important work. We need to spread the seeds.
Alex will be helping me with this and the knowledge he gains from this enterprise will open up a whole world of exploration.
There will be more on this as the summer progresses. BUT WE NEED SUN!!
I have a few daffodils out and though this endless wet weather has beaten them up they soldier on with their soggy message of spring.
Wet weather gear again today. Sigh.
I hope you have a lovely day.
Rain early…then remaining cloudy with showers and windy conditions developing for the afternoon. Thunder possible. High near 50F. Winds ENE at 20 to 30 mph. Chance of rain 90%.