Thursday, October 29, 2009

Do I love my garden or what?! Took the day off edition

You might remember this "Do I love my garden or what?!" post from last year's veganmofo. Well, it is kind of interesting to reflect on - things are looking better this year, what with my Agribon rowcovers instead of sheets.

Still, I took today off from work (it was a slow week, so my boss was fine with it) just to work in my garden haha! It is bright and sunny, about as good as a fall day could be. Although we haven't had a frost yet (very unusual) we've had extended cool temperatures so things are starting to show signs of dying. The leaves on the herbs are turning brown, which I definitely don't want since I am trying to dry and preserve them for winter. I have a number of things I want to get done:

  1. harvest and dry the hot peppers (habanero & kung pao, mainly. The jalapenos still haven't turned red)
  2. harvest and dry herbs (shiso, oregano, marjoram, eucalyptus, sage, mint, chives & lavender)
  3. harvest and dry the edible marigolds
  4. harvest the nasturtiums and make something with them for dinner
  5. pull down the malabar spinach. It has spots all over it now, since it is a tropical plant I think it is hating the cool weather
  6. sew the extension onto the agribon covering the lettuce bed
Jeesh! It is a lot for one day. I've also got to clean my house since I'll probably have people over for a Halloween party this weekend, and I need to put another coat of plaster/joint compound on a drywall project in the upstairs bathroom. I'm sure I won't get everything done, but, I'll try my best.


chris said...

how do you dry your peppers? i have a few choc. habaneros left from my garden i'd like to try and save.

Aubade said...

I just bought an Excalibur 9 tray dehydrator to dry the peppers (and other veggies/herbs/fruits). It was expensive, but, I figure it was an investment since I can use it for so many things. I have a bunch of posts almost ready to describe how I use it - just haven't had the time to post them yet. The harvest today was huge! I have a lot of picking/rinsing/chopping to do.

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