In my fantasy life, I live on five acres with chickens and honeybees and a lamb or two, and an enormous garden that feeds me all year. In my real life, I do what I can. Since we just passed the solstice, I thought I’d post a round-up of the summer homestead news from here in the flatlands of Oakland.
After a long, wet winter and cold, wet spring, the plum report is a little bit mournful this year. The fruit is small and slow to ripen, and we’ve got a little brown rot eating up some of the fruit. That stuff can devour a full-sized plum in an afternoon. Still, most of the crop is surely ripening, and I’ve already eaten a few. They smell like perfume and taste like nectar, and I’ve never found a better plum anywhere. We’re warming up the jam-pots to get ready for harvest, which should start rolling in next week.
This morning, I found a ripe plum on the ground that must have fallen in the night, but some little critter had already chowed down. I suspect the neighborhood possum, who’s also been known to sneak through the cat door to nab a snack of kibble. It might also have the local raccoon, who’s been marauding around here for years. (more…)