>Rhubarb, tomatoes, and random thoughts

>Rhubarb! I have rhubarb! In fact, I spent time last night looking through my new go-to books for canning, wondering if I could can some of this bountiful harvest. Since it was too cold to plant tomatoes until recently, I focused on rhubarb.

I did find a recipe that looks a lot like the stewed rhubarb I made for supper tonight. It was like applesauce, but with rhubarb instead of apples. Make sense? I found one and thought Yeah! Canning commences! And then realized I will need eleven pounds of rhubarb to fill seven quart cans. Yes, I said 11 lb. of rhubarb! Well, if I harvest and freeze this week and do the same next week, I’ll have all eleven before I know it. Yum.
The tomato seedlings are in the ground now! I tallied up the tomatoes and put the supports in place as a planning maneuver. All right, I also did it because I wanted to get in the garden and it was too darn cold to plant! Only a few green sprouts dared poke their little heads out from the soil, and they’re all spinach. Yep. I will have a minimum of 13 tomato plants, even if those I started from seed do not make it (darn late blizzard) and at least 5 peppers. The pepper plants are coming up better from seed, and if they survive, I’ll have nine pepper plants. Salsa time!
I’m experimenting with various new dishes, and right now rhubarb is my theme ingredient. Part of the locavore menu involves eating what’s ripe and in season. By the time it’s our of season, we’ll be tired of it and ready to move on to something else. About the time my family rebels and shouts out “No More Rhubarb, Mom!” strawberries will be coming into their prime. Then I can mix strawberry-rhubarb pie, strawberry-rhubarb crisp, strawberry-rhubarb dump cake — bwahahahaha! Just kidding, family. I’ll be more creative than that. Maybe.
Meanwhile, back at the ranch, we helped another family rescue five bunnies last Monday night. I think that’s a sign that I’m feeling a little more energetic; I went with daughter to help out, even though it was getting late.
I could share a picture of the garden plot, but it would be rather dull. Soil, compost, remains from last year because I’m going no-till this time, and a few red spiral posts standing sentry, all alone, with small tomato plants.
But trust me. I’ll overwhelm you with garden pictures eventually – hopefully sooner rather than later.

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