Sustenance

We’ve been busy here at 328North working on a lot of outdoor projects, but I’ve managed to get a jump start here in our zone 5a.  If there is any advice I can give to other gardeners is to PLAN.  Being organized and prepared allows us here to have food that last us through the next growing season.  We’ve been lucky enough to still be eating produce we’ve preserved, froze or have stored in the cellar.  Here are some of our seedlings, starts, and perennials we have coming up so far.

 

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Asparagus (planted 2014)

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purple magnolia snap pea

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Thom Thumb peas (bush)

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Magestic & Laxton’s Progress peas (vine/shell)

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Elephant garlic

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shallots

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German purple garlic (hardneck)

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purple majestic Kohlrabi

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California early garlic (soft neck)

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Rhubarb (planted 2014)

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Brussel Sprouts

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Brunswick cabbage

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Calabrese Broccoli

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Arugula

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Radish (watermelon, cherry bell, French rose)

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starts in the greenhouse

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Tomatoes (Yellow Icicle)

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lemongrass (planted 2015)

 

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Poem of the day

“Mungojerrie and Rumpleteazer were a very notorious couple of cats.
As knockabout clowns, quick-change comedians,
Tight-rope walkers and acrobats
They had an extensive reputation.

When the family assembled for Sunday dinner,
With their minds made up that they wouldn’t get thinner
On Argentine joint, potatoes and greens,
And the cook would appear from behind the scenes
And say in a voice that was broken with sorrow
“I’m afraid you must wait and have dinner tomorrow!
For the joint has gone from the oven like that!”
Then the family would say: “It’s that horrible cat!
It was Mungojerrie – or Rumpleteazer!” –
And most of the time they left it at that.

Mungojerrie and Rumpleteazer had a wonderful way of working together.
And some of the time you would say it was luck
And some of the time you would say it was weather.
They would go through the house like a hurricane,
And no sober person could take his oath
Was it Mungojerrie – or Rumpleteazer?
Or could you have sworn that it mightn’t be both?

And when you heard a dining room smash
Or up from the pantry there came a loud crash
Or down from the library came a loud ping
From a vase which was commonly said to be Ming
Then the family would say: “Now which was which cat?
It was Mungojerrie! And Rumpleteazer!”
And there’s nothing at all to be done about that!” -T.S. Eliott