It has been a weird and wet summer, and my garden didn’t produce much. But let’s focus on the positive, shall we?
The indigo is doing well. I’ve got two different species, apparently. I’m using one for eco printing on fabric and the other for vat dyeing — yarn probably. It will be my first indigo dye vat. This was not the plan. It’s how I’m rolling with what is.
My sweet woodruff is doing well. If it survives the winter, I will be good for May Wine again next year. The soapwort is alive but struggling to get established. The hops are scrappy. I have no doubt they will be dominant up the back part of the garden next year, which is great because it’s clay and nothing grows back there.
The basil and Anaheim chilis have stolen the show this year. I’ve made pesto, ingredients below:
- Fresh basil leaves, washed
- Olive oil
- Garlic cloves
- Nutritional yeast
- Roasted pumpkin and sunflower seeds
- Kosher salt
I don’t have a recipe. I made it “by guess and by gosh” like my Grandma. (By guess I made it and by gosh you’d better eat it!) I don’t really care if anyone else eats it, though. More for me!
Making my own pesto allows me to eliminate ALL THE THINGS I can’t have, and make substitutions: nutritional yeast for Parmesan, sunflower and pumpkin seeds for pine nuts. My recipe is basically to keep adding things to the food processor until it looks right and tastes good. Helpful, right?
I love Anaheim chilis. I started growing them when I lived in San Diego. Bob made enchilada pie yesterday with the first batch. We’re not sure if we will dry the rest, or use them in another recipe. We probably have enough to do both. I’ll let those remaining on the plants turn red so we can dry them.
I’m thinking about next year’s garden already. Here’s my plan:
- A good end of season weeding in the fall. (It’s a jungle out there.)
- Plant some greens in the mini greenhouse again this fall. They did well last year.
- Let the plants that are doing well reseed themselves wherever they want. (I don’t have any hybrids right now.)
- Try again next year with tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, and peppers from the nursery.
The thing about getting plants from the local nursery is they are not only hardier than the seedlings I grow myself, they are also better suited to our planting zone. I usually buy my seeds from Seed Savers Exchange because they’re heirloom varieties, but I’m learning they don’t all grow well here.
How is your garden this year? Are you getting much of a harvest? Are you planning next year’s garden yet?