Tuesday, May 28, 2013
My Rhubarb Agenda
This weekend was the traditional start to the gardening weekend in Wisconsin. Normally we push the envelope and have most everything planted well before now, but that was not in the cards this year, and as it turns out that is ok. We had patchy frost Friday morning!
We took our time this weekend, and got better than half of the seasons plantings in the ground before the rain began. Thankfully, B had diligently prepared and covered many of the beds last fall, so there was not the prep work to be done. We covered the beds that we are rotating out this season, and laid drip line as we planted.
Our deep urge to get the season started sparked lots of conversation and brainstorming. I love these sessions. We can develop and fine tune our vision, and search out sustainable ways to make it happen. As you can see from above, this weekend also gave us our first rhubarb harvest. Thirty-four stalks as big as my arm and as wide as my wrist. Oh there are so many things on my rhubarb agenda, so I began yesterday with a new recipe for an alcoholic rhubarb cordial.
So simple! Two pounds chopped rhubarb, 1 Cup sugar and 1 liter of good vodka. It needs to sit for a month, stirring it daily until the sugar is completely dissolved and the rhubarb breaks down. Then we will strain it and bottle it. I can't wait to see how it tastes!
We had a cold misty rain all day yesterday, perfect for watering in the new tender plants and allowing for farm dreams. This morning, as thunderstorms and warmer air are rolling in, everything is foggy like London street corner at twilight. I almost expect Sherlock Holmes to emerge out of the mist. Not too bad a start to a Tuesday morning after a long holiday weekend; warmer weather on the way and an air of mystery about the week.