Sunday, May 6, 2012

Growing madly and wild harvesting

Greenness is all around - hurray. Seedlings and weeds are springing up in all directions, the madness has well and truly begun. Luckily we had 2 fabulous German wwoofers (volunteers) staying for a week to lend us a couple of very helpful extra hands. Together we transplanted into the green house, mulched, weeded, sowed seed, planted potatoes and attempted to train Bertie with a plastic duck, among many other useful tasks. They even put up with my raw food escapade (raw apple pie) and helped taste my new herbal and black tea blends with flower petals. We are certainly missing their manpower (and cooking!). As if we weren't busy enough with actually growing veggies, herbs and flowers, we are continually side-tracked by nature's bounty on our door step. The latest creations from our wild-harvest include; dandelion vodka, beer and wine (though we have to wait until winter solstice to taste that one), and we've been enjoying our first trout lily bulbs and fiddleheads. I've even managed to get Jamie to eat wild burdock root and I have a sinking feeling he is roasting dandelion root in an attempt to reduce our coffee consumption! Thankfully the weather is mild, even hot on occasion, and everything is doing well, in fact, working outside has been totally pleasant...sadly this reverie will never last in Nova come the bugs!

Fiddleheads ready for harvesting...

Salad with dandelion leaves, flowers & trout lily bulbs

The raw apple pie -  a great breakfast dish!

Dandelion vodka .... may be needed once the flies & mosquitoes arrive..

Onions & leeks are in

Field preparations are underway

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