Well, were finally getting some decent weather. I finished making the new garden boxes, so the process of moving the garden from the soggy back yard to the side yard, where its both closer to the kitchen and the water spigot is nearly completed, I just have to finish carting the garden soil to the new location and erecting the trellis. Maybe I can get the grass cut while I'm at it?
I picked the hot peppers in the garden today, and tried my hand at some hot sauce. Step one was seeding and chopping the peppers, then simmering them in 3 cups of vinegar along with 2 teaspoons of kosher salt and four cloves of crushed garlic.
Step two was liquifying the mixture after it simmered for ten minutes.
I then poured it into hot jars and capped them. The sauce needs to age for three months in a dark place before using, so it should be ready shortly before Festivus.
I found an interesting website explaining how to regrow vegetables from table scraps. I decided to give celery a try. All I did was cut off the root end, and place it in a mason jar filled with water. Here's what it looks like after a week.
I didn't think the basil was going to survive the last few nights, but its doing fine. One of the advantages of having the garden at the top of a hill is that the cold air flows downhill, creating a slightly warmer microclimate in the garden. I wonder if I can hold the basil until November? Somehow I doubt it.
I made it home for the weekend (back to Virginia tomorrow) and checked the garden. Not only did a groundhog eat the lower leaves of the pole beans, which normally isn't a problem, it neatly snipped each stalk in half, killing all the plants.
It even ate the leaves of the hot pepper plants, something I've never seen them eat.
The trap is set. Hopefully I can catch it. If I replant the pole beans today, I might get some by fall.