Mark gets Lucky

This weekend we added a new member to the household. Not a working critter, not an edible critter, but a Quaker parrot like Mark. Lucky flew into the backyard of a family friend about 5 years ago, but since the other parrots in the house have been rehomed, it seemed a good idea to rehome Lucky as well. So far they aren’t quite friendly with each other, but they aren’t trying to kill each other either. Lucky can talk a bit, saying Lucky, pretty bird, here kitty kitty, and more.

Here’s a sampling of the chaos that is Seven Trees…

The 361 cloves of garlic we planted last year are ready for harvest. It’s been so rainy that we risk losing them to rot if we try to hold out for bigger heads, so this week will be full of allium gathering.

We planted 3 kinds that our local co-op happened to have for sale at the right time. It’s much cheaper to buy “eating” garlic, as long as it’s an heirloom variety, not a commercial kind. We tried German Porcelain, California early white, and the grand-prize-winner special favorite – Chesnok Red.

We decided to celebrate the first garlic of the year by making pasta puttanesca, which has kalamata olives, anchovies and capers in the sauce.

After reading up on all kinds of greenhouses & hoophouses, we decided to take the middle road with hooped row covers for raised beds. Plants like tomatoes & peppers will benefit from early protection from damp cool spring weather, and we can really extend the growing season for greens like chard, Chinese cabbage, lettuce & spinach. The hoops will be made of 1/2″ or 3/4″ metal conduit, and attach to raised bed frmaes like this –

The hoops will be covered in plastic, and we ordered one of these thingies to bend them – http://www.lostcreek.net/rowcoverbenders2999.html 

Growing our own food is always a learning experience, and it’s both fun and rewarding to try whatever we think will work. This summer has been a non-starter so far, so any veggies that prosper under these conditions will get another shot as a Seven Trees main crop. Right now it’s potatoes, garlic & onions growing gangbusters, but as the weather slowly kicks into gear, so will the rest of the garden….

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