- Fig Vanilla Mead (Aged on oak chips and fermented with Port yeast)
- Lavender Gooseberry Mead
- Flemish Red
- Peach Rye Sour
These guys are done and are currently occupying valuable real estate (AKA The Pub).
Onto other news. Here is what was gleaned from the garden yesterday:
So much green! I will obviously be pickling the cukes this weekend, plus making green tomato salsa (more on that shortly).
Now, what the tomatoes have taught me.
- Give us more space.
I have had to prune the darn things several times already, and still it is obvious that I packed them into too small a space. Next year, they get a whole garden plot, with only basil, onions, and pickling cucumbers to keep them company.
- Invest in better cages.
I thought I was clever. I bought the cheapo Freddy's cages. $.99, on special. Almost every day, I come home to a few tipped over tomato cages. I then have to finagle them into an upright position. I am hoping to just make it through the season. But I know to not buy cheap cages next year. Just suck it up and invest in the big, sturdy reusable cages.
- If you do not do the above, we will punish you.
That big pile of green tomatoes? Came from a tomato plant arm that snapped under it's own weight. No beautiful jams or sauces from these greenies, so the best I can hope for is salsa verde. Which, come January, I will be thankful for.