Spring! (Plus pictures of my finished sauerkraut!)
Spring is nature’s way
of saying “Let’s Party”!
I love springtime. The apple trees are blooming, the tulips, daffodils and crocuses are colorful and vibrant. AND, it means it’s time to start thinking about gardens, outdoor stuff, and vegetables!
Today we stopped over to visit our friends, The Bostwick’s, who are the farmers at Earthkeeper Farm in Kent City. Andrew took us on a little “tour” of their organic farm. Even though we’ve been there numerous times, it was exciting to see their potatoes, carrots and beets are planted. Even though there is still a chill in the air, spring has sprung. These tiny seeds whose shoots we cannot see yet will soon turn into seedlings. And then plants. And then vegetables. And then lunch or dinner! I cannot wait!
Along these lines, I am reading a wonderful book right now called “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle”. Have you read this? If not, you should!
It’s the story of one family’s journey to get back to their roots and live off of food that they either raise themselves or can find locally. I’m about 1/3 of the way through it and the current season in the book is springtime. They’ve started planting some of their garden, but there is a yearning for things of summer – things they can’t have quite yet.
That’s how I feel right now, here in Michigan, on April 21st. I want tomatoes, sugar snap peas – even a little lettuce would suffice. But, I can’t have those yet (at least not from anywhere around here!).
So instead, a little garden planning will have to do. Today, we went to a great barn sale and we found a cool, old, white window with panes to make this great “hot box” project. (Yes, I found it on Pinterest and yes, I am addicted). I figure it will be perfect to protect the more fragile seedlings before planting them in the garden….AND maybe a place to start 2nd plantings of some veggies or even extend the lettuce-growing season later this summer!
THIS also made me think of spring!!! If you remember, I recently posted a great recipe for Homemade Sauerkraut. Well, I was finally brave enough to open it up and check on it. It’s BEAUTIFUL and it tastes soooooo yummy and crunchy! It’s been fermenting for about 5 weeks and until now I didn’t dare look at it for fear that I might have ruined it somehow. Not to worry. It was so simple and easy – once you make it and know the brine is covering it fully, you basically just leave it there for as long as you want it to ferment (And yes, the garbage bag idea worked!!! If you don’t know what I’m talking about, go back and read my initial post with the recipe). I have been enjoying the sweet, tangy crunchiness of the sauerkraut with my lunches and dinners lately. Yum!
So, while you wait with me for summer time to come and all the veggies it will bring, share with me your favorite “gardening planning” resources!
Do you have a favorite site for planning out where to put each veggie in your garden? A favorite idea site?
I’d love to hear from you!
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