Michelle needs to be more disciplined …

either that or there needs to be more hours in the day; or I need to sleep less; or I need to hire some help.  But I think it’s more of a discipline thing.

Wally and I spent some time in the jungle garden this morning.  I woke up early and asked him if he thought we should just clean out the bed where we have the dirt from the former pig enclosure and replant it with some Roma tomatoes and try a new method of keeping them upright.  The bed with the pig dirt was full of cucumber, squash, watermelon and cantaloupe plants, all growing every which way and it had become a real nuisance.  While we like watermelon and cantaloupe well enough, not enough to allow the plants to take up as much room as they were.  He agreed and while I milked, he pulled up all the plants, turned over the dirt and added several tubs of rabbit manure.  When I finished milking, I came down and started to tie up tomatoes.  In some places, it’s a wasted effort as the plants have become too out of control to contain.

I think because the beds are so fertile, tomato plants grow like trees.  Stakes simply are not strong enough nor is there enough places to tie up tree-sized tomatoes.  I think a cattle panel will provide more places to tie the tomatoes and it will be a lot sturdier.  Of course, if I had been going down there every morning and tying up the tomatoes before they got out of control, it might not be so bad now, but I have not been that disciplined.

Yesterday, I made a triple batch of zucchini bread using this recipe and it’s fabulous.  My next use of the monster zucchini that I found lurking in the garden will be fritters according to this recipe using goat cheese and chives.  I can’t wait for those.  Yummmm!!!!

While in the garden this morning, I was glad to see that the green bean plants were flowering.  They are shaded by tomato trees so we may well get a crop of green beans, hopefully some of them will be dragon tongue beans, which will enable me to try this recipe.  I had thought I’d accumulate recipes using the ingredients that we have on the farm and share them with our clients in order to encourage them to buy vegetables as well as other farm products.  It’s a good idea and I know a lot of them read this journal so they’ll see the recipes, but until I get the garden under control, I can’t sell vegetables I need a Bloodhound to locate.

I should take photos …

Until later …