Monday, September 29, 2014
For the third time I boiled chopped leaves of the "Lagos Spinach" (Celosia argentea?) that I do not like raw (the taste/sensation feels like calcium oxalate vs. oxalic acid) along with some "Giant Green Callalloo" (Amaranthus gangeticus?) in 2 inches of water with rock salt and Smart Balance "butter"...cook time was about 20 minutes. Served it with flash fried squid dipped in flour, grits, sea salt, coarse black pepper. It is so pretty I will scatter seeds next spring in my flower beds near the street. Tom Carroll gave me the seeds a few years ago when he came to a seed swap potluck here. It glories in the humid heat of summer, loves damp rich soil.
Saturday, September 27, 2014
Took my first sip after a 4 day ferment...no real fizz yet, barely any tartness, could not taste either the hot peppers or the powdered mustard seeds, will let it go a whole week as some suggest. I could easily taste the beet and carrots.
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
August 28th I made two quarts of spicy, garlicy, lower sodium green papaya kimchi that has been fermenting at room temp ever since....I enjoyed my first taste today with an omelet...came out wonderful! And I have OODLES of green papayas in the gardens and canning jars I got on sale.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Andy Firk has made me and others aware of this food bearing tree that he says oddly does well here...he's seen them thriving in Sarasota and Miami. He loves boiling the dried seeds like beans...great flavor. Turns out I had seeds I'd gotten earlier this year at the Tampa Rare Fruit Council meeting, will sow them in a cell pack. Nitrogen fixer too it seems!
Sunday, September 21, 2014
Doesn't look like I'll be testing any alternative weed killers this week thanks to the laundry on my clothesline! With the LONG dry season closing in fast this is a wonderful forecast.
Friday, September 19, 2014
I am getting very good germination from seeds of my "Filipino Mexican Tree Pepper" from pods that I let dry indoors for a few weeks...once they are taller I'll separate them and plant them around the yard as I now have a few in large Water Wise Container Gardens. I hope that the folks I mailed pods to get good germination rates also. Years ago Allen Boatman IDd it as a perennial form of Capsicum frutescens and devised this study name for it based on details from my Filipino Joe who gave me my seeds in 2001 as I recall. That original plant was in the ground, averaged 5' X 5' and made hundreds if not thousands of pods each year...the flavor and heat is on par with a good Thai pepper. That plant lived 8 years until a hard freeze nuked it
Mary Jo sent me this wonderful overview of garlic cultivars. Racombole was the one that took over my Denver front yard due to the scapes bearing and dropping vast numbers of bulblets that each became a whole new bulb. I tried both the bulbs and bulblets from my Denver yard here several times but they failed quickly...a shame as the flavor and aroma was wonderfully pungent. It is a true hard neck that needs winter dormancy. The scapes twisted oddly as they grew, much resembling those old "crazy straws" for kids.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
No wonder that fungicides and antibiotics so disrupt the ecology of a garden or farm! And no wonder why foliar diseases have been so very rare my 12 years back in Tampa and my 15 in Denver, even on my roses! But in both yards I ADDED fungi and bacteria.