We are having an epic summer this year in Vancouver. Our garden plot is loving the weather so I thought I’d give you all a little update on a few highlights and share a recipe.
I got to pitch-in and design some old fashioned-y (but fashionably contemporary?) new garden signs for the community.
Yes, they are. Crazy dark purple heirloom tomatoes. They look really cool, but are taking forever to fully ripen.
1/2lb Red Russian garlic bulb. This is NOT elephant garlic. My secret is a bit of ground flax seed in the spring and a bit of vermicompost–now you know, go grow.
Hops are looking good! There was a full-on lady bug vs. aphid war on the plants in the spring, but thankfully the lady bugs were victorious and now the hops are ready to be made into an organic fresh hop West Coast IPA. Here’s the recipe if you’re interested:
Grain (courtesy of Dan’s Homebrew, RIP Dan)
6 gallon / 23 liter batch. Mash-in around 66/67c for a medium bodied beer. 90 minute boil time. Ferment for 3 weeks around 20-22c for a bit of fruity ester development. I add a bit of gypsum in the kettle to help make the hop flavour stand out.
Zucchini season means way more zucchini than you can deal with. Julia made a recipe for some pretty awesome muffins though I must say:
Makes one dozen muffins
Note: If you are looking for zucchini, ask someone with a garden-it’s one vegetable they will always be happy to share.
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