Thursday, June 14, 2007

The CSA Begins and Edible Lanscape Updates

I experienced my first Adirondack CSA pickup yesterday. It was such a pleasure! Pickup for this CSA is at the Saratoga Farmer's Market. I love the energy of a farmer's market. There's something special about being surrounded by people with similar ideals (ie. fresh and local food is good).

With the help of my sister, Dot, I got the refrigerator out of the minivan and into the garage upstate. I can check that off my to do list now!

In upstate gardening news, the mint I planted last year did reappear but the basil did not. The strawberry plants have flowers. This past weekend I planted some tomato plants, basil, parsley. I used the newspaper mulch trick and look forward to no more weeds in these areas.

The lingonberries that we planted were doing well but I think its time to spring for another soaker hose. (I already have one running along the blueberry bushes and the results are wonderful.) The lingonberries are planted on an incline that is almost impossible to water any other way. Currently I'm using the bottom half of a gallon jug with hole punched in the bottom to irrigate these. Its tedious and time consuming.

In Hudson Valley gardening news, the Jerusalem Artichokes are back with a vengeance! I'm really thrilled, especially since I thought they were dead. I'm eventually planning on dividing some of these and planting them upstate. I'm still trying to figure out the best spot to put them since they can be a little on the invasive side. Its so exciting to watch my edible landscape grow.

Kyle was able to pick some red currants today and we enjoyed them after dinner. I love that he enjoys working in the garden. Rob does too but they both enjoy picking more than planting. I imagine its because its more tangible.

Leen used some of the purslane (yes its technically a weed) that I had growing in pots in a pesto recipe recently. I had heard about doing this but it was our first attempt. The results were excellent. This is another plant that I'd like to give a permanent spot upstate to. As with the Jerusalem Artichokes I need to choose wisely though because it can be a little too prolific.


Anonymous said...

When I recently toured the garden at our city's food bank, the gal mentioned that they used to pull out tons of purslane until a visitor asked if she could buy some. Once the gardeners knew it was edible, they continued to pull it sell at their farmer's market stand! It's tasty stuff.

Katie said...

That's a great story.