What to tell you about this week past... Well, the winter squash that I was certain was dying is all but dead. Early and not dead? I'll take it. This week, look forward to some acorn and spaghetti squash, kabocha (a Japanese orange squash), long pie (a pie-maker, some a little green) and Winter sweet (a delectable fine textured squash good for everything squash does). Coming soon- butternut! You guys will have to train me a little on the winter squash. All I ever do is cut it in half and roast it on a pan center-side down and then eat it with a spoon and some salt. I hear there are lots of other things to do though... soups, stir fry, pie. Give me your recipes!
Another exciting thing? I found one of those noise makers! You know those "birds" you hear whirring the night away? When I was sorting through all the winter squash, I encountered a cute little gray tree frog. That was probably the highlight of my week, I mean, besides actually having some squash. I took lots of photos and then it jumped off towards the squash! I was so worried a squash would squash it, however the next day, I found it again. It posed for a longer photo shoot, this time clinging to my finger. I suppose it could have been a different frog, but, let's say not.
As usual, I am trailing behind my schedule like chasing a dog in the woods. I can just see the tail in the grass way up ahead. It pauses to let me catch up a little and then bolts. Maybe this is just like chasing Exie in the woods and not other dogs, but really, you get the point. Specifically, I am behind on my direct-seeding schedule- (schedule for planting seed directly into the field as opposed to starting them in a greenhouse first). I have yet to seed my fall greens-- arugula, tatsoi, mustard, mizuna-- and my fall radish. All I can say? I hope that the early winter squash makes up for the lateness of the radish and greens...
It is a scary time to be behind on the seeding schedule. In the fall, every day counts. As the days get shorter, the plants have less and less daylight to grow. If I don't get seeds in the ground soon, I could actually end up planting too late for the seeds to be able to germinate, sprout, and size-up to delicious, edible standards before it is too dark and cold (oh fall- I love you). Anyway, I am sure it will work out, that was just an excerpt from the ignored part of my brain.
Honestly, I can't remember another time in my life when I was upset that it was still dark at 5:30 am. But let me tell you, losing that time in the morning is giving me some missteps. And these truncated days lead to me with a headlamp.
What's to be cookin':
Flowers (sunflowers too!)
Parsley sage Oregano chives Thyme
Tomatoes: Cherry, salad, and slicers. Heirlooms!
And new this week!!!!
Winter Squash- Acorn, Spahgetti, Wintersweet, Kobacha!!!
Hope you are well,