Tuesday, August 30, 2011
A Second Go
After Hurricane Irene passed through, I decided it was time to overhaul the vegetable garden. It had seen far more neglect than care this summer. The tomatoes were getting smaller and fewer (lack of fertilizer and consistent water). Next year I'll plant maybe one tomatillo plant instead of four. They were SO prolific and were dropping fruit before I could use it. My jalapenos were super abundant as well and not very spicy so I would slice them up fresh on nachos or soup or gazpacho and of course salsa. I have a drawer full in my fridge still!! Want some?
I cleared out most of the boxes to make room for a late summer planting of cool crops. First I soaked beet seeds and peas overnight then sprouted them between damp paper towels. This really helps speed the process. I planted beets where there were once beans and peas where the tomatillos used to tower. Lettuce, broccoli and cabbage are next. Maybe some fennel bulbs, too, though I haven't had much luck with them in the past.
I've been looking up green tomato recipes but really you can use them just like you do ripe tomatoes, they just have a tangier taste. Yummy still. I have plans to stuff the rest of our peppers with pancetta and ricotta and spices.
It feels good to be back. We got a nice heavy drenching last night. That makes for quick sprouting in our future.
Do you have a second go at planting where you live?