Last year we didn’t really see many of the others out at the garden but it feels as though the organizers are trying harder to make more connections among us. For me, that is what makes a community garden better than just having a plot of dirt somewhere that one would tend alone. Maybe it is odd to think of gardening as a social thing, but for me I’d rather be out working and chatting with the neighbors than being a solitary person digging in the dirt.
Over the past few weeks I have been picking up seed packets and it suddenly occurs to me that I have to actually PLANT them so they will sprout. It has been so dreary during this spring that seed planting seemed a long way off, but all of a sudden the sun is out, it’s time to start planting in the ground and OOPS my plants are still in seed versions!
Planting day in the actual garden will be in the next couple of weeks, so here's hoping my little seedlings are hearty enough to move by then. Meanwhile, I did what everyone should do when planting time is upon them and they've given no thought to the process - I went to Becker's Cottage Herbs and bought plants. $50 and an hour running around Jan's greenhouses, I came home with about 20 tomato plants, a couple of peppers, some chard, bok choy, and all my little herbs.
CORN COB PIPES
Now, speaking of corn - I had a conversation with the garden organizers about corn and what we do with it when it's in season. I shared a secret which I learned during my culinary schooling that is so simple and so common sense and yet is so not considered by anyone that cooks corn on the cob.
The question - what to do with the corn cobs? I'll bet that 99.9 percent of you will say you toss them in a compost pile or into the trash. I did the same thing up until about 8 years ago when I learned to make Corn Stock.
Yes, I said Corn Stock.
And yes, I use the cobs right off my plate after I've chewed the corn off. By the time these cobs are finished boiling away, any of my icky cooties are gone from the pot. However, if you're cutting the corn off the cob, please do the same and use these up!
I put this stock into containers and store it in the freezer for soup making in the fall and winter. This is truly hoarding the summer bounty for use in the cold, dreary months of winter. Use corn stock instead of chicken stock to make vegetable soups or to give extra flavor for vegetarian dishes instead of using plain water.
|Dreaming of fields of sweet corn!|