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Sock Hunter Episode 92: Yucca Lovers

With fearsome determination, I set off in search of my latest quarry. The *yucca socks, being my quarry, were evading me masterfully. I continued to pursue them through verdant leaves and over tangled roots. Quickly, quickly. With great speed and faster camera reflexes, I bounced my way ever closer to the yucca socks. Though they did their best to elude me, I pursued. Once on the trail of socks, there is little that can dissuade me.

Finally, I cornered the socks near their favorite nesting site. Yucca are one of my least favorite plants. Yet, yucca socks do love yucca. Thus it is my duty to capture even yucca socks.

With little fanfare, but much resentment, the socks paused long enough for me to swing my camera into focus. Thus, the yucca socks were captured.

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Until next time, this is your Sock Hunter, happily walking away from the yucca and signing off.

*My usual ribbed socks, Pagewood Farms Alyeska in Violet Fusion, US1 Hiya Hiya Steel DPNs


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Um, Again?

Yeah. I went back to West Union Garden again. I like their variety and that they are open from 8-8. So you have plenty of opportunity to go pick. I like to pick in the morning best. It’s cool and quiet and you can just pick to your heart’s content.

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This time I sampled some pink gooseberries and Waldo thornless blackberries. Great, right?

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The Waldo’s were very pretty with their canes arched up for support and easier picking.

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The pink gooseberries are fantastic. I love the color and the bushes and the foliage. Really, I just love the gooseberries. I might have to grow some just because the bushes are gorgeous. I know most people would find them rather sparse and uninspiring, but I really like them.

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I also found some pretty weeds.

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And the bees were busy buzzing in the thistle flowers too.


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Further Garden Shenanigans

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Wild blackberries. They come with some nasty giant thorns. So, picking is pretty hazardous. Technically these are an invasive species and we should be destroying them. Well, we destroyed a lot of them, but this batch is a little harder to destroy because the canes are intertwined with some good plants like our lilac bushes.

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I love these green beans. I have 3 different kinds of green beans, but i love the juxtaposition between the purple and the green. Two of the kinds are green, so I will eventually have more of those in the pan, but the purple ones are super productive. Which is great because they are very easy to see when picking.

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The snap peas are still producing nicely.

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The tomatoes are going to have a bumper crop. I’m just waiting for them to ripen. I know my days will be super busy then!

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The ladybugs are all over the garden and doing their thing. I like to play spot the ladybug while I’m out and about.


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Picking Again

I went to West Union Gardens again and enjoyed some quiet time picking boysenberries (bottom pints) and marionberries (top pints).

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The lovely pink gooseberries also looked tasty. I need to head back there again soon and pick some of those. I’m really enjoying the ability to pick so many different kinds of berries so that I can make jam and pies and syrups.

Our blackberries are also ripening.  We killed several of the bigger cane areas, but there are still a lot of canes on the east side amongst the lilacs.


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Cucumber Salad

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Another of Grandma’s favorite recipes. I remember her making this in the summer every year. I don’t even really like cucumbers, but there is something about this dish that means I will eat it. Maybe it’s just the strong association with Grandma.

Ingredients:
Sliced cucumbers (2-3 depending on size)
Thinly sliced onion (1 medium or several small)
3 cups water
3 cups sugar
1 cup vinegar
a little salt

Combine all ingredients and let sit in refrigerator for several days.

( Basic ratio is 1 cup water, 1 cup sugar, 1/3 cup vinegar and can be scaled up.)

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