Friday, June 19, 2009

High-Desert Choi

I work in the garden; I volunteer in my community; I get out and about in the area walking and hiking. I take photos and write blog entries in my head just about every day. But lately, when I'm back at my computer, I end up checking e-mail, playing games, and surfing the 'net instead of writing about my adventures and observations. Then, I feel guilty it's been so long since I posted. Do I try to play catch-up, or start fresh from today? The decision paralyzes me, and another day goes by without a post.

I really want to get back into the habit of writing here. I enjoy it; I enjoy the feedback; I like to feel I'm contributing some of the things I've learned. I have managed to get something written each time it's my day to post on the Co-op blog. Right now, I've got a bumper crop of lettuce and greens (netting that bed really did the job), so today I wrote about my latest kitchen treat: green smoothies.

This is the photo I used on that post. It's of the only bok choi I've found that won't bolt to seed when our days get long and our high-desert temperatures shift into summer-mode overnight. I started the big plants inside and set them out, but have more little ones seeded in place alongside the peas ready to move as I start harvesting the biggest ones. It's called Joi Choi, and really worth searching out (I often have to order the seeds online) if you like making summertime stir-frys out of the garden.


Annodear said...

Trying to keep up with *two* blogs, one of which has a "deadline" would make me feel paralyzed sometimes, too.

But try to cut yourself some slack. A body (and mind!) need relaxation, and "playing" on the computer can be a great way to do that. Just because you're sitting there doesn't mean that you have to be 'constructively' busy all the time. And... keeping in touch via email is time well spent, too!

Cathy said...

Hello Sadge
It doesn't matter if you have a spell now and again - it makes it all the nicer when you do sit down to chat.
Read the Co-op post this morning but I'm not sure about some of the ingredients in those smoothies.
Green ones just don't appeal somehow - makes me think of soggy cabbage lol
Take care

Nancy M. said...

It's been a very busy summer so far! Not much time to write and visit like I want.

Melynda said...

I had noticed your absence! :) lol! I do understand however, life seems to take up every minute and there is not much left when the energy ebbs. Your garden shots look great, I would like some information on how you use your soaker hoses, do you leave them on a trickle all the time or? thanks.

Melynda said...

Hi Sadge, thanks so much for stopping by. I will greatly appreciate your information on the soaker hoses. I had noticed your photo (choi & lettuce) and it looks like dry soil all around the plants. That is what got me to thinking, how you might use your hoses. Water is very expensive here in Vancouver, and not "irrigation" water. All water used in the garden is house water, so any tip will be great.

Anonymous said...

Everyone needs a break now and then. You do your blog and everything else because it makes you happy. If you don't feel like then don't do it. We enjoy when you do share, but it's not the end of the world if you decide to play on the computer.
My new obsession is FarmTown on Facebook. I won't even get you started on that.
Sister Jill