Thursday, February 17, 2011
I don't remember the last time I've gone a week without posting anything. I guess I've been distracted lately. You could say that I've rediscovered my passion for baking and have been consumed with several of my long neglected pastry/bread making books. I spent a good part of my early 20's working at a cafe in Boston's South End neighborhood. I have to admit that it was one of the best jobs that I've ever had. I miss arriving at the cafe before the sun rose, turning on the ovens to bake the morning's pasties and sitting down with a fresh cup of dark roasted Costa Rican coffee to take in the sunrise before the doors opened. Maybe one day I'll come full circle and open up a small neighborhood cafe of my own.
On the gardening front, earlier this month I was able to track down the ingredients for my soil block mix. For anyone interested, I use this recipe developed by Eliot Coleman. To my delight, I found at our local plant nursery an amazing shellfish compost produced by Winterwood Farm out of Maine. Uniform in texture, the compost is crumbly and incredibly fresh smelling. I would have never guessed that it was made of shellfish. I doubt you would be able to find something this good at a chain store.
This year, I've also decided to be a bit more selective about using soil blocks. They require a bit of work and for some veggies, especially those that don't mind having their roots disturbed a bit, it's just not worth it in my opinion. And that is why I also picked up a few cell flats at the plant nursery. At 99 cents a piece, I couldn't think of a reason not to. I'm sure they'll come in handy when I sow the bulk of my spring greens.