Friday, June 1, 2012
So .. the end of the week has arrived, so quickly. Many things to do .. errands … before I can allow myself to play in the garden.
Out and about, recycling all set out … shopping .. it’s been awhile since I’ve just randomly gone out shopping for this and that .. from a list. And I re-discovered that it was a lot of fun. Spoke with a variety of people. Enjoyed the positive energy of some very helpful sales clerks in some stores.
Some people just bring a shine to your day and that is what I found today! Positive attitudes and so very helpful .. so many of us start off that way and along the way, the lustre just disappears. For whatever reason. I’ve worked hard to keep mine polished, though! Just feels so much better to me.
London Drugs at McKenzie & Quadra was a good example. I was looking for a pressure cooker on sale and the lovely cashier searched and found the one & verified the cost against the flyer. Now, how many employees would even take the time to do that?
And then, Home Depot at Colwood .. another bright energized young lady was ever so helpful when I was looking for, first .. plant pot saucers .. and then, when I was looking for some unusual vegetable plants, well, she led me to the section with Bok choy .. and chose a lovely 6-pack of this vegetable. As I spoke to the cashier, I discovered that the energized person had just started work there this week. Keep that positivity going …..
So, finally, at home. Eventually, to the garden.
Moved all the potted up garlic starts over to the “garlic bed” .. and began to plant them. Then, when I’d planted .. maybe .. 30 or so .. I looked again at the garlic bulbs planted up in tubs and thought .. well, the root systems are so intermingled .. why don’t I just leave them bo .. for the summer .. and so I did that.
I must admit that I’ve become quite enamored of garlic. All that magic power from a simple bulb, culminating in a vigorous growth of strong green stems and finally a lovely fat garlic bulb! And … ta da .. yesterday I clipped some garlic scapes .. . omg .. so delicious and so garlicy.
Tonight I made some garlic scape pesto (many recipes online) and then mixed up some almond kale chips, adding lots of garlic and the scapes.
I found out that the hardneck garlic grows scapes and so I’ll leave the rest of the scapes to grow into longer lengths. Then I’ll clip them and will either make pesto or perhaps I’ll just freeze them to make into various recipes later on.
As usual, I’ve walked around the yard, taking photos of the developing flowers .. enjoying the changing conditions of the yard. So much beauty.
Tomorrow I’ll share my latest plants and also how I’ve reshaped a little section of the yard, using boards, bricks, hay, Alpaca manure, compost and all the lovely things one can add to a garden.
It’s been a fun day!