There’s a box on my worktable.
It’s kind of a plain, brown box. A nice man in a plain, brown truck brought it to me a couple of weeks ago. I get all excited every time I see it!
That Neon-Green label in the corner.
No, not because it’s the same color as my favorite sweatshirt, circa 1984.
Can you read it now?
First Big Project of the year is the oyster mushroom patch. Later this week – if the weather gurus are right – I’ll pick up a bale of straw from the farm store to mix with compost and the inoculated sawdust in the kit. With any luck, we’ll have fresh, homegrown mushrooms before the end of summer.
Of course, that’s not the only project on the calendar…
With the forecast for sunshine and 50 to 60 degree afternoons, there are dozens of them, big and small, vying for my attention. Pots need to be dumped in the compost, washed, and filled with fresh soil. Annual flowers need to be started from seed in the basement, along with the tomatoes. Pruning can commence – that’s a post all its own! – starting with the climbing roses on the trellis above.
This bed is also the Future Home of the Headcrabs.
No. I’m still not telling you what they are. Be patient.
After last summer’s Preserving Binge, (ok, obsession) I’ve been thinking about expanding the repertoire. I’m not quite ready for a pressure canner, but the idea of making fermented sour pickles or sauerkraut is appealing. March is my birthday month, so I treated myself to a 5-liter crock, and a recipe guide.
More details as they become availible…like, in August. When we’re drowning in cukes again.
Some projects are in Re-Think Mode:
There are not enough Nap Times between now and planting time to turn this mess into a pumpkin patch.
The search continues…
We’ll just add that to the list, right?