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Saturday, September 8, 2012

In the Garden—Autumn Spinach

Woke up at 5:45, sun not yet risen. Getting ready for a week in Oregon, beginning with a night camping at Nehalem Bay. Bustling about, drinking tea, putting last-minute items in my bag, writing a blog post for next week, making watermelon quinoa and salsa for camping*, washing dishes. And planting spinach.

Quickly, after the sun has risen, pressing seeds 1/2 inch deep into bare patches of dirt around my strawberries, sunflower, tomatoes. I'm taking advantage of the cooler late summer/early fall weather to get in one last crop.

*I've made two batches of watermelon quinoa, two batches of watermelon salsa, one watermelon smoothie, and brought slices to a potluck. But my watermelon is still not finished. So this morning I deseeded the rest of it and put a big bag in the freezer to use in future smoothies. And this was the smallest watermelon at the farmer's market!

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