Tom grew up in Milwaukee, bartended in Wauwatosa in the '70s and moved here in 1984.
Commentary, observations and musings about the outdoors, life in general and maybe Tosa politics and personalities will be the order of the day. He savors a lively debate as much as terrific cooking.
I've been planting.
And I can hardly wait for fresh veggies to hit the table.
Yesterday I worked-up the garden using the tractor and the disc/harrow.
And today I commenced with establishing my fresh produce supply.
For starters I planted seed for French breakfast radishes, three kinds of lettuce, spinach and peas. I'll do an additional planting of most of these a couple of weeks out so that I have a second harvest opportunity.
Edit - 5/3/09 - Cabbage and beets planted today.
The Jung seed company delivered my onion sets last week and I've installed Texas super sweet, Walla Walla and a candy hybrid variety.
The Jung people also apologized for being unable to supply red Pontiac potato sets. Geez - when GM decided to kill the Pontiac brand who'd ever figure it would extend to potatoes.
Not to worry - I found red Pontiac sets at the little grocery in town and they were less expensive.
Pontiacs and Yukon gold seed potatoes have been planted.
A word about potatoes. If you plant your spuds carefully, mound them while they're developing and rotate their location within your garden plot - an investment of only a few dollars in seed potatoes can result in a HUGE quantity of tubers.
They also keep for quite a long time. I still have 2008 Pontiacs in the crisper of the beer fridge in the garage that are finding their way in to smashed or salad recipes. Except for big Idaho bakers I've been growing my own taters.
One more highlight.
The asparagus is up!
I set to establishing an asparagus patch last year so that I could have a fresh supply of this spring delicacy and it seems to have taken-hold rather nicely.
I'm going to resist harvesting any this year so it can continue to develop its root system.