Brrrrrrr

Tonight is a scary night for the garden – the forecast is for 34 degrees, and there’s a freeze warning. We harvested everything that was even close to ready, then spent a couple of hours covering some of the most tender things in the garden (tomatoes, squash, beans, peppers, etc., etc….) with sheets, blankets, and tarps. We used every bit of bedding we own, plus plenty that we bought from the Humane Society Thrift Store, the Bend Community Center Thrift Store, and Goodwill just for that purpose. Luckily, we are housesitting right now so we could really use every bit of bedding we own. So send our little garden the nicest, warmest love you can tonight.

This is the fourth night (there were two in a row a couple of weeks ago) that we’ve covered things in the garden. So far it is the most worrisome one. But if things can make it past tonight, we’ve got an upcoming week of beautiful, hot, late summer days.

Growing food here is ever a challenge :).

A few corrections/additions to previous posts, in reverse chronological order:

Last week we also gave cantaloupes. Tiny little, single serving, sweet, delicious cantaloupes.

Creamed corn is really made “creamy” by slicing the tops of the kernels off the cob, then scraping the remainder off, creating gooey corn milk. It’s a little time-consuming, a little sticky – but awesome.

The seeds that potatoes make are so genetically diverse they cannot be relied upon to grow true to the parent plant. This is also the case with apples. No one plants apple trees from seed – they always make clones from the parent tree – because there is no way to tell what the apples grown from a particular seed will taste like. They might be delicious or they might be sour, or mealy, or some other un-yummy adjective. This brings up another important point, which is that we really recommend the book Botany of Desire by Michael Pollan. It is about plants that have co-evolved with humans, using four specific examples to illustrate four desires that Pollan claims are innate to humans, and fulfilled by different plants. The four cases are apples (which satisfy our desire for sweetness), potatoes (which satisfy our desire for food security), tulips (which satisfy our desire for beauty), and marijuana (which satisfies our desire for intoxication). It’s really a fascinating book, well-written and easy to read.

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