LIfe has been busy here at the homestead. Good, but busy. This, plus Jess being as mad about cooking as I am about making art, makes for a rather cooking-heavy blog of late. If it could be called an art to make amazing meals out of almost if not entirely organic whole foods with the produce almost entirely local (and I think it can be called an art), then Jess has become quite the Picasso in the kitchen. We’re lucky, though, that we have the inimitable Stacie Boschma, our talented Atlanta correspondent, quite busy with bees, beets and business in the garden.
With gardening, and composting your produce and all those adventures, a funny thing happens sometimes. We here have a bin out back, behind the house, where we throw any and almost all scraps of produce (no citrus, by the way…makes the soil acidic). On our first garden ventures (found here), we used any and all usable compost we had, and started the collection anew. And a funny thing happened. We now have spontaneous tomato plants popping up everywhere. I mean, EVERYwhere. In our potted plants, we have at least two in only one square of the garden. Everywhere. And talking to a tomato guy at the farmers market informed us that in this very tricky Florida climate, where tomatos go to die and don’t know whether they’re coming or going, the secret is Epsom Salts in the dirt. It encourages growth, apparently. So we’re going to give it a shot, and see if these little tomato plants that could, will.
We’re getting ready this weekend to get busy in our garden plot in the community garden, getting the rest of the plot ready for spring and getting together some plant baby seedling pots! We’re lucky enough to live in such a town as to run into locally sourced seeds, from local companies, at practically every corner (we’ll post links and names and where you can find them, as soon as we remember their names and find their sites). That, and I personally want to start picking away at our farmers market produce and getting seeds out of them, see what happens. Personally, with how the compost went this last time, I’m half tempted to just use the compost in one section, not plant anything, and see what pops up on its own, wild, from the compost. It’s tempting, but I think my better half is a little too orderly to let me get away with that.
We’ll post pictures soon. Especially of our little winter plants that are now popping out broccoli, snow peas, kale and other fabulous things. For now, in the spirit of locally enouraged gardening and community, you should go check out the Edible Plant Project here in Gainesville. They’re quite wonderful. Also, Gainesville Farm Fresh and Grow Gainesville. They’re quite wonderful, too.