You guys. I made a dress! An actual dress! Like, to be worn out in public and everything! And I sewed it! And it has buttonholes, and pockets, and a collar, and plackets, and interfacing, and all sorts of other fancy, intimidating sewing stuff. Which I sewed!
I'm just a little excited.
I've been thinking lately about the importance of keeping better track of my garden, week to week. In past years, I've recorded a lot of the bigger picture things - which vegetable varieties I bought and how many of them I planted; when I started, transplanted, and harvested crops; how big my harvests were (and how big I wished they were); what I spent in various garden-related categories... Stuff like that.
What I haven't done, and what I've been thinking about doing, is trying to get a better feel for what's going on in the life of the garden at any given time of the year. What was I thinking, feeling, seeing, planning, wondering, harvesting, preserving, dreaming? What was in my head, in my hands, and in front of my eyes? I want to be able to look back and see not just notes, but life - week by week, season by season, the dismal and the bountiful.
First, a treatise on mashed potatoes. Now I'm blathering on about how to roast a chicken. Are these recipes really worth posting? Aren't they everywhere? I don't know. I think there are renditions of them everywhere, to be sure, but I've tried a lot of dud recipes for things that should be simple. Including roast chicken.
As I was writing the first real installment of the Backyard Fruit Production series, I realized I should probably stop and explain a few things about pruning first. First of all, why is pruning so important for perennial crops in general, and tree fruits in particular?