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
Re-opening after fallow seasons
Fallow seasons and closed building were intended to kill various pests (insects and plants.)
Pearl of the jungle
Pitchfork Path added
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.”
Next year: take the grapes more seriously!
Like: maybe use something a little less industrial than the hedge trimmer to control the growth?
Late June Stuff – Tobacco & Adventurous Frog
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!)
Last Pepper Harvest: 5-6 pounds
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!