|Bakewell Tart Squares|
Before (last summer)
|The bed on the left will have peas and then pumpkins.|
My husband and I (I sound like the Queen) spent some time thinking about our plans for the front. In the end we decided to rethink the original design I posted here. Gone is the tree and pumpkin patch. Instead, we will dig up all the grass and plant a free form garden, consisting of a mix of perennial and annual edible plants. I'll plant the pumpkins in the side bed, where they can climb up the teepees once the peas are over.
I am very excited about this redesign. It leaves lots of room for experimentation, is a place for me to plant the excess vegetable plants I always grow and is much more in line with my original idea of an edible landscaping project. All we need now is consistent weather so we can turn the soil and add compost.
Another storm is forecast for the middle of the week, dropping more snow. I had planned to start planting outside next weekend. It's not looking good! I fear we are looking at a non existent spring, going straight into summer heat.
|Eggplant seedlings growing on a heat mat.|
|Sage and rosemary|
|Black Eyed Susans|
Peppers, eggplant, sage, thyme, rosemary, bee balm, Black-Eyed Susans and leeks are all not far behind. I'm on my second try to germinate lavender. Any tips from any successful growers out there?
Finally, I made a decent Bakewell Tart this weekend, baking it in an eight inch square pan and cutting it into squares. I put short crust pastry just on the bottom of the pan to create uniform treats. You can find the recipe I used at BBC Food. Delicious!!! I used icing, but not the sliced almonds on top because Computer Boy doesn't like them. What we do for our kids!
So, it looks like another frustrating gardening week lies ahead. Maybe the storm will pass us by - lets cross our fingers! Are you planting outside yet?