Could Have Been the Whiskey, Might Have Been the Gin

Okay not really, but as I surveyed the vegetable garden this morning and took note of the magnitude of growth that happened seemingly overnight, that song was going through my head.

Maybe instead of whiskey and gin, I should have been humming “Could Have Been the Compost, Might Have Been the Whey” because those are the treats I’ve been feeding my vegetables recently–not whiskey and gin.

Thanks to the Worm Hotel and our larger outdoor compost bin there has been no shortage of compost around here this year. And as I’ve forayed into the world of making cheese and yogurt I’ve had a surprising amount of whey to spare as well.

I’ve spread compost around the plants and worked it into the soil in the garden. A good part of it also went into a bucket where I’m trying my hand at growing meconopsis, also known as Himalayan Blue Poppies–more to come on that experiment soon. I mixed the whey with water to dilute and used it to water plants in the garden.

Peas! The vines are taller than me!

I’m so proud of these tomato plants! They’re like my children as I’ve nurtured them from seed.

This WILL be the year we feast on heirloom tomatoes grown completely by moi!

We’ll be overrun with zucchini before you know it.

Beets. Beautiful to look at; delicious to eat.

These carrots are growing bigger right before my eyes it seems.

How are things looking in your garden? What treats (other than whiskey and gin!) have you been feeding your veggies?



I’m a writer, reader, and creative. I thought by now I’d have things figured out, but I keep coming up with more questions. I think that’s okay. I’m here most mornings pondering ordinary things.

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