So, this may not be too exciting to many of you, but last week I realized we had a huge pile of compost that was finally ready for the vegetable garden. We have two piles going at once, and really could have three or four if I weren’t lazy about it. But I like to wait and wait and wait on compost until it’s good and ready. You’ll know it’s ready when nothing you added to it will be visible. In place of all the kitchen scraps, ground up leaves, grass clippings, coffee grounds (and whatever else you have decided to add) will be rich, black compost. The only thing you should see are maybe some small crushed up bits of eggshell (which is especially appreciated by your tomatoes, as the added calcium helps prevent cracks and lesions on the fruit). Also, it will not smell like decay. Just earthy… dirt.
We were lucky to have FOUR huge buckets full of compost for our garden! If you have a limited amount of compost for your plants, just make sure to start by spreading the compost around the base of each plant and then work your way out to the rest of the garden as you add more. The idea is that you want the nutrients from the compost to reach the plants’ roots, so of course you start there. And really, that’s it! Now go start a new compost pile for next month!
Baby buttercup squash (p.s.- you can sauté the squash blossoms in some butter and they are delish!)
Our chard AFTER I harvested a ridiculous amount to devour with garlic and parmesan cheese… I swear, it’s like The Giving Tree over here with our chard: all we do is take take take and all it does is give give give.
Kale and broccoli harvest for Sunday’s dinner (Milo loves broccoli, I love kale)
Oh, and I owe our broccoli plants a very sincere apology. I vaguely remember stating how anticlimactic growing broccoli was- how you only get one head of broccoli per plant and how it takes up so much space and energy and time…
… well, after eating the heads of three broccoli plants a few weeks ago, we have come to find that those plants have produced new heads of broccoli for us! So… sorry. We are not worthy.
But we will eat you anyway.