Wednesday, December 11, 2013
It Ain't Easy Being Green
Actually, this fall it has been kinda easy because I just said, the hell with it. I usually fuss and fret over my fall crops, not wanting them to get frosted or too cold and all that. This year I just haven't had the energy and they have done fine. Better than normal really. Now, I did cover them one night when it got down around 20 F and I covered the broccoli tonight because it's supposed to be about that cold again. We have also got a plenty of rain this year. (I heard one town not far from here was 22" above normal). And I used a goodly amount of composted chicken poo and mulch on the plants this year, so that could also account for their success. At any rate, I think I've harvested 6 or 7 big heads of broccoli so far and hope to get about that many more plus maybe a bunch of side sprouts, which some of the stalks are already producing.
And I may actually get some sprouts this year!! Yayy!!! These are getting close. I have been pulling the lower leaves off, hoping the plant would put more energy into the sprouts and not leaf growth. The hens have been profiting by that also as they gobble up any greens from the garden.
I'm really hoping for a nice batch of sauerkraut this year too! I won't have it by Christmas but maybe by the end of January?? As little as I've been able to tend the garden this fall I'm just happy to have anything coming in from there. We also have regular salads from the lettuce I harvest although it's time to sow a bit more of that. I did sow some Bibb lettuce seeds a couple of weeks ago but I think they were kaput. Second time with that pack and still nothing.
And lookie!!!!! I got an early Christmas present!!! I've wanted one of these for a long time now. And I'm ashamed to admit I've had it for about a week and still haven't used it. I just don't feel up to much cooking lately but I must make something with it soon.
And speaking of cooking....I'm not so sure about the vegan thing. I do feel some better by minimizing the amount of animal protein I eat but finding an adequate substitute has been difficult. I will spare you the gory details but let's just say my stomach has not bee happy with some of what I've offered it lately. Mainly I just have NO appetite, especially for meat or cooked food. I've just been getting by on fruit, tea, crackers and salad. Oh, and a little oatmeal and some nuts. Peanut butter is pretty good protein and for some reason cottage cheese doesn't make me feel bad, so I have that with some fruit. I'm not gonna complain though because in the past few days I've seen a number of heartbreaking things in the Blogger world and I am thankful for what I do have, even if things aren't great for me right now. And I'm still hopeful that one of these doctors is going to figure out what's going on.
I also hope to do my annual Mug Giveaway for Christmas too! So ya'll be looking for that later also.