Odds and Ends

Bearbear and I watched Annie (on the right) this weekend; she belongs to a colleague, and her photo has appeared on this blog before: she’s 14 1/2 and is very friendly with Bearbear. In fact, when I got my dog from a rescue group, he didn’t know how to play or chew bones and Annie showed him how to do these dog-type things.

The rest of the day was spent on household chores. I decided to try and make cheese danish on my own, after I made them with my mom for the first time last month. I made the dough last night, then rolled it out this morning; the dough acted quite well, and here are my fledgling danish:

And now they’re shaped and ready to raise:

The 2 danish on the left (below) are the ones I cobbled together from leftover dough, so they’re a bit sloppy; the one on the right is how most of them turned out, quite well! I also made some bread, which also is very yummy; it’s whole wheat, spelt, polenta and oat bread. A little lecithin, olive oil and honey makes it supper soft and keeps it together nicely.

I also worked in my yard today. It’s blooming with zillions of wildflowers; here’s an up close shot of some desert bluebells:

And of course some poppies; don’t you just love these shapes?

It’s hard to believe that in 90 days we’ll have scorching hot temperatures all day, every day. I have raised beds for veggies, which you can see below; now, these beds have kale, lettuce, parsnips, beets and carrots–but in the summer, raised beds loose water too quickly, and it’s impossible to garden in them. I’ve tried.

So, behind the raised beds, in the corner of the yard, is my tangelo tree; I’m building a small perma-culture-type bed under the tree for my tomato plants; this bed will be slightly below ground level, with a small berm around it and a soaker-hose inside with plenty of compost on top. Below, you can see the tomato plants, which I started from seed in January; these are San Marzano romas, a variety of tomato which is supposed to be highly disease resistant; also, smaller tomatoes do better in the heat, they’re less likely to split. And they’re supposed to be vigorous, indeterminate vines that grown tall, so the stakes are a good 6 feet above ground level.

I hope the partial shade from the tree will be enough once the temperatures hit a hundred day after day! I’m also hoping that combining water use for tomatoes and the citrus trees (there’s also a small orange tree and lemon tree) will benefit all plants and trees. I’ll keep you posted.

Author: Clareannette

I love working and making art in the Sonoran Desert!

2 thoughts on “Odds and Ends”

  1. Wow, I look forward to seeing how your tomatoes do, I am still a novice tomato grower but would like to try to stake them out one of these years, since indeterminate tomatoes seem great for that…6 feet wow. And again, yum with
    the cheese danish!

    1. I hope the tomatoes turn out well; your dad really has a knack, Tucson is just a harder climate for the plant. I find I have a really hard time eating tomatoes when they’re not fresh and in season; they just taste all wrong, otherwise. I owe you an email; it’s coming real soon. The danish turned out great, my folks gave their verdict today; I just need to get a larger, heavier rolling pin…that will help get more flake into the dough.

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