Of Cabbages and Things..
Earth Garden's summer issue came out in December with an article by me on making sauerkraut. I absolutely love the stunning design of the magazine, and find it remarkable that I can submit a page of words and have it turned into a thing of beauty due to the magic of editors and designers. I am love, love, loving sending words out into the ether and having them turn into magazine articles. More to come...
Meanwhile, in other garden news, down in the vegie patch, although I am diligently picking the zucchinis every day to keep them at a reasonable size, now the cucumbers are getting away on me. Does anyone else find it nigh on impossible to find the cucumbers in the tangle of cucumber vines? It would be much easier to harvest cucumbers if they were yellow or red..
Meanwhile, the apricot tree has suffered terribly from brown rot this season, due to a particularly damp spring. Brown rot starts as a tiny brown bruise, and then quickly engulfs the whole fruit which turns brown and mouldy, just as they get ripe. It is completely heartbreaking, so I have been madly picking everything off the tree, fully ripe or not. I stewed masses of apricots and have been eating them every day, breakfast lunch and dinner, because stewed apricot is delicious, and have given a lot away as well. The rest of the crop has gone into the dehydrator; dried apricots galore to add zing to breakfast muesli. Yum.
Every year I find that the garden is teaching me something about diligence, patience, perseverance, acceptance, and the truth that you can't control outcomes. In the garden Nature isn't working for me. I don't think I can even say I am working with Nature. I find myself more in the position of working for Nature, maybe in the sense that a priestess works for her Deity, providing the appropriate sacrificial offerings in the hopes that her labours will be smiled upon and approved.. and an abundance of apricots may spring forth.
Although maybe the sacrificial offerings were a bit over the top in the case of the cucumbers..