Last night we taste tested the garlic scapes I fermented a couple of weeks ago. So how were they?
Blech! Awful! Terrible! Inedible!
They had turned into garlicky, green twigs. No matter how much we chewed and chewed, we were left with a fibrous lump that we really didn't want to swallow. (Aren't you glad you asked?)
Might have been my fault in not cutting them soon enough after they appeared on the garlic stems. But I was regularly cutting the scapes, chopping them and sauteing them in various dishes I cooked and they were fine. Back to the drawing board on that one, I guess.
Remember the damage I had on those miscellaneous brassicas I stuck in at one end of a garden bed? Before we got any footage on the trail cam we set up, Papa Pea and I had just about decided it had to be crows.
Every morning just after dawn, we have 3 or 4 big, black crows that have been visiting the garden. This year they've acted like robins, feasting on worms they find in the grass. I suppose all our moisture has brought lots of worms to the surface. We see them (the crows, not the worms) hopping around in various spots in the garden but had never actually seen them go after any vegetable plants.
We never did see them taking a peck on the brassicas, but the trail cam did show them in and around the raised bed. So we're fairly certain they are the culprits. Thus far, no further damage has been done.
However, just this morning we noticed them in the blueberry patch helping themselves to our ripening blueberries! Our bushes are loaded with berries as they never have been before so we're really looking forward to having a bumper crop. Fortunately, we have a good supply of netting that is now spread over all the bushes. Let's hope that will keep the black bandits foiled. If not, the term "eating crow" is gonna take on a new meaning. They just may find themselves baked into a pie yet.
Do you know what I'm missing in the garden this year? Flowers. I've planted my usual mainstays -- Sweet Peas, zinnias and cosmos but not a single one of them is blooming yet. I always keep vases of cut flowers in the house and so far nothing has been available except whatever wildflowers I can find. I'm feeling downright blossom deprived.