Today I went out with some copper soap spray and treated my tomato plants. I noticed a bunch of black spots on the Northern Delight plant and I'm so worried it might be early blight. I am really hoping the spray wasn't too late. The Glacier had a few black specks as well but the other plants look fine. So now we will be on a once a week regimen of copper spray for the tomatoes. It is WAY to early in the season to put up with sick plants, so if Northern Delight doesn't appear to recover, I will just run down to Carpenito's and pick up an Early Girl to replace it with.
I also planted two new Basil plants I picked up at Carpenito's yesterday when we went in to buy a whole flat of strawberries. The kids keep my berries well picked, and I can't complain since they are eating their fruit. It just doesn't leave me with much to work with. So I used the flat of berries to put up 8 pints of freezer jam and three freezer bags of whole berries (to use in smoothies). We still have some extras to make strawberry shortcake tonight. I will have to update with what I use to make gluten free shortcake, but I have yet to figure that out.
Also today, working quickly as any mother can imagine as nap-time was nearing its end, I spread some compost between a few stepping stones to prep the areas to plant more lettuce and cilantro. The self-seeded cilantro is starting to "bolt" but I happily harvested much of it for the freezer a week back. My gardening must be done in small starts and fits but I do find that if I use those few minutes here and there, things do take shape. For example, yesterday, during baby's nap, the older kids were quietly making a huge mess in the basement and I took the moment to sneak out front and pull out most of the past-bloom bluebells as well as some chrysanthemum weed. The nice thing about the mess is, it takes them a while to clean it up, so while they cleaned later on, I prepped for making jam.
So, lots going on in the garden and home! Time for me to look into making that shortcake.