Thursday, September 16, 2010
Life's a garden...dig it!
...in containers and that worked fairly well, but there is only so much you can do. I got some free landscape blocks from my sister-in-law and built this little beauty right here. My yard has no topsoil. The lawn grows right on the clay. Some things grow well in clay but for a garden that I'm working by hand I wanted a little better soil. I traded in some scrap I'd been scrounging for the dirt money and all in all it's been almost free. I started from seeds they only cost me (literally) a few bucks. The only real outlay in cash was for the fence. You see I have neighbors just past the garden and if I missed or had a ricochet they would be upset. So rather than shoot the rabbits, I put up a fence.
It worked pretty good, too. The only critters I had to invade the garden were of the bacterial size. You see my corn turned to Huitlocoche. In Mexico, Huitlocoche is a delicacy. In my backyard it is mold, and nasty, and I pulled it all up. It's called corn smut. You can read all about it but it makes me gag thinking about it.
The wife wanted to do some canning this year and got all geared up. I had a nice bunch of jalapenos come in all at the same time so I decided to pickle some carrots, onions, and jalapenos which I did. Zanahorias en Escabeche. This gave us our first foray into canning as well. I have not tried the carrots yet as I want to let them steep a bit. My Mom saved our butts on the canning. We had no clue and were missing part of the gear. She stopped by with the missing pieces, her expertise, and moral support. Thanks Mom. That too will make next year go better.