Wow! We couldn’t have asked for a nicer Memorial Day weekend up here in Anchorage, and I made sure to take full advantage of the amazing weather to get my garden in! In between the chicken workshop Saturday morning and the veggie spring roll bike garden tour Sunday afternoon, I managed to mow, mulch, trellis, prune, weed, and help Matt with the greenhouse. On Monday the sun roused me out of bed early, and I set out the rest of my plants that I had to get in the ground. By early afternoon both me and the plants were praying for rain.. who could have imagined it could be so bloody hot after the long cold winter? Somehow it continues to amaze me.
If you still need to get some planting done, it is not too late! This is a great time to start root crops like carrots, beets, and turnips. Transplanting during this time is also good because it encourages the roots to go deep and get established. Also think about starting another crop of greens and maybe even broccoli, radishes, or cabbage.
Spring is overdrive season, with all the extra daylight and exciting chores.. Matt and I have been working hard but not willing to cut out good food. My brother Marc and his girlfriend Briana gave us a fresh halibut filet this weekend so I pan fried it tonight in butter, white wine, salt and pepper. Our friends Emily and Jim brought us a morel from their front yard so I made some morel butter by sauteing minced garlic and red onion in butter, adding the chopped morel, salt, pepper, and thyme, then adding even more butter. I served the halibut over a bed of couscous with the morel butter on top. It took about twenty minutes and tasted amazing.