Happy Summer! I thought this older post was perfect for today. It's called "A Sound Sound":
Recently, I took my daughter to the park. It was late in the afternoon and my iced coffee wasn't doing the trick, so I had that letha...rgic, can-I-really-be-this-tired-or-do-I-have Lyme-disease feeling. I let her go run and play, while I sat on a bench and closed my eyes. The air was perfect with a friendly breeze. I could hear the kids playing. It reminded me of days when I would be drifting off to sleep on the beach. The sound of waves and kids building sand castles lulled me into a dreamy state. Then a woman walked by my park bench. I cracked an eye open to acknowledge her. She said, "Don't you wish they had adult playgrounds right next to this, so we could work-out while they play?" I laughed and said that would be great. But I lied, because I was quite content doing nothing and having nothing to do so I could just listen to sound of kids playing.
We're finally getting most of our planting done. My vintage trolley cart helps me transport things around in style. We always have to make adjustments to our crops as we learn. More onions and garlic this year, as ours only brought us through January last winter. We try to live on our garden for as long as we can. What's your favorite garden crop?
The summer solstice is right around the corner,
which means the garlic in the garden is ready to give us a little preview. Here
come the garlic scapes! For the next week, maybe two, each garlic plant will
produce a single flower stalk, which begins as a tender, green shoot, and grows
long and curly. If picked before the stalk gets tough, scapes are a delicacy,
with a milder garlic taste than the bulbs. Gardeners need to clip the scapes
off to keep energy going to the bulb anyway, so the dozens of dishes we can
make with the scapes—pastas, salads, omelets, soups—is a huge bonus. And if
you're not growing garlic in your garden (maybe you will now!) you can usually
find scapes in farmers' markets seasonally.
Each is crafted from aged wood
and tin to replicate the character of 19th century dough bowls. The tin trough
makes it ideal for keeping potted plants or simply use it to store magazines.
Its rustic style was made for farmhouse living. Made in the USA. Not food safe.
26"L x 12"W x 4.5" H