|Denman Island Farmer's Market|
The weather has not been cooperating so far this year... rainy and cool then a short heat wave has pushed some of the vegetables to bolt in complete confusion. Everything in my garden is about six weeks behind 'normal'. The garlic scapes were picked several weeks ago and I have pulled a few garlic heads to check their progression. I'm disappointed with their small size, so will leave them in the garden an additional six weeks past my 'normal' timing. The heat loving plants... tomatoes, winter squash and pickling cukes are struggling and still look pathetic and small. I had them covered with plastic cloches until the weather warmed, then had to shade them with perforated plant trays as in years past... but now it is cool again. Not much we can do but keep riding our West Coast weather roller coaster!
|Cucumbers and Kohlrabi|
|E~Z Pickler with glass weight|
Since last summer, I've been using a glass weight and glass separator cup in the fermenting jars. In the photo to the right, with just cucumbers, you can see the thick, glass weight in the top of the jar, holding the vegetables below the brine. The weights are especially helpful with sauerkraut.
|Denman Island Saturday Market 2017|
Hope to see you at the Market!
Till next time... Happy Gardening and Bon Appétit!
Photos by Sally Rae