Eighth of an Acre Bounty

Random thoughts and anecdotes on cooking, critters, gardening and life on our small city lot.

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And we’re off!

May 20th, 2009 · No Comments

I know, posts have been few and far between lately. And this post is mostly to say that I won’t be posting for the next few days. We are actually leaving town to get some camping and exploration in. We will be camping in western Montana with friends for a few days but plan on taking the slow way back to check out Northeastern Washington (Okanogan county). I’ve never been up that way and land is still affordable there from what I have seen. Of course in Washington, if land is still affordable, you can be assured it is most likely under water for half the year, or never sees water (in the case of Eastern WA). In any case it seems like a good opportunity to wander around a bit.

A good deal of Washington’s cherry harvest comes from that area and I know there is a significant snow pack in the winter so I am holding out a little bit of hope! I am also hoping that we can get in on the asparagus harvest in Eastern Washington as we make our way to Montana, and with any luck there may be some Morels hiding in the woods. It has been years since we’ve gone camping so I am actually pretty excited to get out there.

It is still hard to leave home at the height of planting/chores season. We have so many unfinished projects right now. I never got the beans planted, we still have to construct trellises, winter squash needs to be planted, potatoes need to be hilled again, etc, etc and ugh. That, and leaving all of the fresh greens that are pumping out of the garden right now after we waited all winter for them is a bit disconcerting. I’d probably be laughed right out of camp if I brought one of my lettuce flats, right? Picture me rocketing across Washington, Idaho and Montana with my safety lettuce in the back of the truck? (Don’t worry, I won’t really do it – but the thought did occur to me!). Hopefully my wild edibles identification skills are sufficient enough that I’ll be able to cobble together some green stuff for dinner without taking the garden with me. Mark that as one of my goal this year, to become much more proficient at wild edible plant identification.

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