Last month was Blueberries, 18 lbs from Valentines U-Pick just north of Langlois, OR. Here we have our own no-dust Bramble of Himalayan blackberries. Formidable. Seeds, yes, but full of anti-accidents!
Garden Salsa / Burrito Filling
Collection of sweet and hot peppers, cut into rough dices including seeds and webs
Equal or slightly short volume / amount of Roma tomatoes, diced.
White onion diced – a quarter fraction or less of the combined above volume. (Yellow onion is sweeter and less present as a flavor if preferred…)
Crush the ingredients in a bowl with a spoon or pestle, or pulse / combine in a blender / food processor. (Blending down into a sauce isn’t crazy.)
Add dashes / small amounts to taste. Balance for use:
Chili powder (cayenne)
Lime & Lemon juice (we use Meyer lemons if they’re ready on our tree. Sweeter.)
Garlic, crushed finely
Fresh Cilantro, chopped
Slivers of green onion, teeny amount of crushed mint
Red Turmeric – deepens color
Red pepper flakes (if cooking as a sauce will follow, to correct spice levels – add black beans, heat through and immediately spoon over rice.) 2nd day – Goes great with chicken or pork. Add an avocado garnish and some sour cream. Burritos with lettuce or Arugula.
Different tomatoes (watch juice levels)
Different onions / aromatics…
Fresh horse radish
Fallow seasons and closed building were intended to kill various pests (insects and plants.)
In an area the City of Bandon disturbed a year ago, we cleared more brush and have added a gap … there are two loops to walk in our eastern area we call the “Fen” and “Deer Park.”
Like: maybe use something a little less industrial than the hedge trimmer to control the growth?
Finally pulled up the over-wintered tobacco experiment — attracting whiteflies and takes too much space! On to the compost pile.A first: Froggy surprise in my tool bag! I often find frogs guarding the spinach & chard, sometimes 1 or 2 in a flower pot on the fern stand — they seem to return after being gone awhile. I love when they talk at night outside bedroom deck door…
Volunteers that popped up late summer 2017, slow growth over winter, so leaves are small & plants are short — during summer they’ll get 5 ft tall even outside. We’ve also had plants overwinter outdoors. Tough guys! I need to learn more about how these plants affect bees that visit; nicotinoids are very toxic to them. (BTW, those are shallots in the background, not weeds, but plenty of cleanup is overdue!)
Picked a peck (and a half) of peppers yesterday, the last of the 2017 crop. 5-6 Pounds. There are still lemons on the Meyer, celery, lots of Swiss chard and spinach. Time to clean up the pepper beds and plant for winter: beets, carrots, arugula, lettuce. Experiment with Fall-planted Beefeater tomatoes: they have blossoms on them, but not looking too robust. Hopefully sunshine next couple of days will give ’em a boost! Thanks for stopping by!