A little bit I’ve learned about gardening this year…

1. You can plant corn as starters. Might be something to consider, if we decide to plant corn again.

2. Treat peas as if they are the drunkest sorority sister in the house. That is, support them, because they will undoubtedly fall over if they don’t have something to hang on to and catch them. They need about five feet of vertical support.

3. Speaking of drunken sorority sisters, beer in tuna cans is awesome for the slugs. Well, awesome for us. Bad for the slugs.

4. Eggshells don’t do crap as a slug repellant. I’ve watched slugs crawl right over them.

5. We need WAY more space dedicated to salad greens. Plus, they don’t seem to grow as fast as one would think they should. The spinach, in particular, is being persnickety. It hardly grows, and then it bolts. Why??


Five Minutes on Bread

I would love to start baking bread.

I buy store-brand whole wheat bread. There’s a ton of ingredients that I can’t grow or buy from a farmer on it. Fail Bread.

I’ve tried to bake loaves of bread before but I generally fail. Rolls and pizza crusts are easy, but for the life of me I haven’t been able to make good sandwich bread. It’s always too moist and crumbly. It doesn’t hold up to slicing.

Of course, I don’t have any time to make bread. Or, rather, I have lots of time to make bread, but it’s hard to make bread while holding and/or nursing a baby. And I have a potty-learner who always seems to need to use the bathroom when it is most inconvenient for me. So no baking bread for a while. Sad.

I almost bought a loaf of Dave’s Killer Bread at the store this week. But it was nearly $5, and I can buy FOUR loaves of our usual bread for that. And I know I can make it for a fraction of that.

I Want Bread.