Here we have my filthy porch wall with my hand carved and painted...wooden... things that I got at the Bad Girls Who Got Saved By Jesus thrift store a long time ago when they had actual treasures. But that's not what I came here to show you. I braided up the garlic I pulled the other day and hung it on a string to let it continue drying because that is how you preserve garlic. There is something quite satisfying about braiding garlic stems together. Not sure why but it is. For me, at least. All sorts of food preserving feel satisfying although I have to admit that freezing things does not give me that same feeling. I suppose it's not an old enough method of preserving to be in our genes whereas braiding garlic has probably been done for eons. Canning is also relatively new but there is no denying the way I feel when I line jars of canned foods on the kitchen counter and hear those lids pop. It's a very fine feeling.
I worked out front for awhile again this afternoon, pulling crocosmia and rice paper plants. The chickens, alas, did not come to keep me company. Earlier, when I was looking for a hanging basket on the swing porch, I spied this growing in front of the front porch.
Mr. Moon planted some pinto beans for me today. Pintos are probably my favorite beans and I have never eaten fresh ones, only dried. I am curious to see what they taste like. He's planting field peas as we speak. I have to say that since he's taken over much of the gardening, things there look better than they ever have and are more productive, too. The tomatoes are leaping up and need staking already, the beans are continuing to thrust themselves up to climb the fence, and the potatoes are looking promising. Of course, with potatoes, as with garlic, one cannot see what sort of crop is developing as the vegetables themselves are growing underground. The peppers and cucumbers do not, however, look as if they are trying very hard. I don't know what's going on there.
I am not surprised.
There are rules that do apply in this situation and we shall see if they are being followed.
I was neither surprised or offended.