June 2016
The Herb Farm

Loving the Transition

The irises are performing wonderfully.  

Did you miss me?

Sorry about last month. I believe I was supposed to discuss urbanite and hugelkultur. Well, we’re going to hold off on those subjects for a couple of more months while I rearrange my urbanite and study my hugelkultur project a bit more.

This has been a crazy busy springtime! Winter was so mild that most of my questionable plants survived. That’s a good thing, of course. And let’s not forget the timeless wisdom of the late, great philosopher George Carlin (R.I.P.) who said, "Behind every silver lining, there’s a dark cloud."

I have a broken foot. That’s a bad thing, of course. Going down the steps one morning a few months ago, I missed a step and took a hard landing on my right foot. Of course, with ice packs and aspirins, the pain subsided after a few weeks.

Then one day my foot swelled up and began to ouch me badly – so badly that I decided to go to the medical doctor. Well, the primary care doc, internist, podiatrist and orthopedist determined I now have Charcot foot (sounds like a Frank Zappa song).

They had a CROW boot made for me and I have been in it since February. I am hoping to come out of it this month. Hope, hope, hope.

It’s difficult to walk, even with my canes and sticks. Driving is out of the question!

OK … enough about that mess.

This year, the transition between winter and spring was great for the seed starting. And I love the transition between spring and summer. The flowers and vegetables are performing tremendously! The colors really get me going and the fragrances make me smile. (And sneeze, but that’s OK.)

Thanks to a friend from Auburn University, Dr. Ken Tilt, I have been able to successfully germinate seedlings from my sole Japanese maple. He taught me the fundamentals of propagating and grafting Acer palmatums before he retired. So far this year I have given away about 40 of the little buggers to friends. I still have a few to plant around here.

  Left to right, one-year-old seedlings from my Japanese maple tree. The blackberries are coming in now and the bushes are still flowering like crazy!

The tomatoes and squash are coming in as well as okra. This is the first year in quite some time that I have had success with okra.

I decided to forgo seeding this year and buy plants. I ordered some from my friends at WrightGardens.com and they are performing great!

The blackberries are beginning to come in, but the blueberries are a little slow.

A few weeks ago I rode with a friend to Birmingham. The Birmingham Botanical Gardens was having their annual Plant Fiesta over at Brookwood Village. I bought a few things I needed.

Since my bay tree died a couple of years ago, I figured it was time to grow a new one. I found one at the plant sale big enough for me to take cuttings from.

I also bought a couple of patchouli plants because I forgot to bring them into the greenhouse last fall.

There’s a dwarf viburnum that has just finished blooming. I need to find the tag because I forgot the name.

Anyway, it was a fine outing for me. I never thought I would miss driving. I guess I just miss having the option.

Hey! I’m hungry!

Here’s a simple recipe for a handheld delight that is great for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

A burrito-style roll up is all the yumminess you can stand to hold in your hand!  

Today, we’re going to make a Burrito-Style Roll Up.

 Whip a couple of eggs in a bowl and place them into your oiled, cast-iron skillet or egg pan preheated to medium heat. Gently move the eggs around the pan being careful not to deflate them. When they’re almost finished cooking, turn off the gas heat or remove from the electrical eye.

Add chopped sautéed onion, mushrooms and jalapeño chilis to your scrambled eggs and top with cheese. In another skillet, warm two small flour tortillas. Roll up your eggs and veggies in a slice of turkey or ham. Add a red mustard leaf. Then roll it up in the tortillas. YUM!

Remember, Summer Solstice is June 20 at 5:34 p.m. CDT. Get out and enjoy the transition!

Until next time, remember to watch your salt and sugar, drink plenty of pure water, and breathe in and out!

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