Our month of eating no meat is almost at an end. I can't say that I have missed eating meat, there are plenty of exciting and humdrum recipes around to make vegetarian cooking tasty, interesting and even as one of my school friends used to say, "plain home fare". But, I have heard stirrings of discontent from other members of the household and come Sunday, June 1 they want meat for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
What I have noticed in Meat-free May is that the garden is still feeding us fairly well. There isn't a lot of choice and there are some gaps that have to be filled at the greengrocers but that's to be expected at this time of year.
What I've also noticed is that in my part of the world at least, the menu options when eating out as a vegetarian are limited. Of course in some places there are fantastic restaurants catering to non-meat eaters but not here. It would seem in my nearest town, meat rules. Not surprisingly, we are in the heart of the country with a lot of cattle and sheep farms, ours included.
|Last of the strawberries?|
- cucumbers -loads of Mexican sour gherkin which were the surprise of the summer/autumn garden
- sweet potato
- planting out cauliflower, broccoli, Brussels sprouts and cabbage
- peas- purple podded, telephone
- snow peas
- sugar snap peas
- pak choi
- quite a few 'rescue' plants and seedlings
- transplanting lavenders
The herb garden now has one bed with a parsley border albeit a very spindly, straggly one.
Plans for June
- build a new chicken pen (this coming week)
- sell a ram (tomorrow)
- check bee hives
- maintenance in the orchard
- keep on weeding, planting, composting and so on
- find someone to look after the farm so we can have a holiday