i’m getting annoyed with the zucchini plants. they’ve sent up dozens of male flowers, but so far not a single female.
the tightrope-walking peas are almost my height now--the ones that figured out how to climb up the second set of strings, that is. over half of them are still working on it, bending around every which way, grabbing all the wrong things and getting themselves more and more tangled.
it’s a dwarf variety of some kind that the birds and squirrels planted for me with their birdseed. it’s only a few feet tall.
a word of advice to anyone thinking of growing collard greens: give them tons of space. i’ve been eating A LOT of collards lately, just to keep them cut back because i didn’t allow enough room. the plants are not compact, and they get huge.
with a few more creative container additions i’m now up to 28 tomato plants in their final growing places. oh, you know i’m going for a cool 30.
the pair of ducks that are always hanging out in the back yard under the bird feeder returned today with six babies. teensie tiny fuzzy cute hatchlings. it seems late in the season for such small babies, but then this spring has been so cold and weird...it’s possible (in fact likely) that boise will make it through the entire month of june without reaching 90 degrees. that’s pretty unheard of.
with an entire head of rouge d’hiver lettuce, an entire pak choi, about a dozen buttercrunch leaves, some peas, sprouted sunflower/pea/alfalfa seeds, and nasturtiums. i was hungry.
the rouge d’hiver has been fun to grow, even though it's not very rouge anymore (it's also not hiver...i think it only rouges in the froid). i’d never tried growing a romaine type of lettuce before.
dinner tonight involved roasted local asparagus, sweet potatoes and homegrown beets, wild rice, and homemade mint chocolate chip ice cream with a sprig of chocolate mint for dessert:
this afternoon i made my first two quarts of ice cream: one vanilla and one mint chocolate chip. the vanilla is yummy, but the mint chocolate chip is indisputably the mind-blowingest deliciousest vegan ice cream i’ve ever tried. fantastic.
and the machine worked like a charm--the ice cream was done in under 15 minutes! lickety split for serious! for some reason i thought it would take hours.
i am so shamefully procrastinating right now. you can tell when my article due dates are coming up because i start blogging manically...it’s the preferred method of procrastination because i’m on the computer and typing so it feels like i’m getting something accomplished, when really it’s an evasion technique like any other. i hate deadlines, and i need deadlines, and i hate that i need deadlines... can’t i just go watch stuff grow instead?