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Hello Waldo!

You may recall a few weeks ago Nan Cobbey wrote to me about her anise hyssop patch (anise hyssop is also called licorice mint). She was kind enough to share her recipe for the lamb sauce she makes with it:

2 cups washed leaves, finely chopped

2 Tbs. granulated sugar

1/2 tsp. kosher salt

1/4 cup boiling water

1 cup white wine or apple cider vinegar

In a small bowl, mix the sugar, salt and finely minced leaves with the boiling water and stir until the sugar melts. Add the vinegar, cover the bowl and allow the mixture to steep for an hour or so. Serve. Refrigerate the remaining sauce for another use.

Nan noted that you can use mint instead for a traditional sauce and that it also tastes great over roast chicken. Thanks, Nan!

This weekend I’m planting peas and radishes. Sure it’s early but they’re easy to fill in if they don’t all come up, and boy wouldn’t I love some early peas right off the vine. I will also be uncovering the nearly 150 lavender plants we grew last summer.  We are also installing the irrigation for the farm plot. The good thing about this early nice weather is that we can get the housekeeping stuff done before it’s time to start planting/transplanting. It makes life easier and it’s a much less stressful way to start the growing season.

Someone recently asked me if there was anything new I am growing this year that I’m excited about. Indigo immediately came to mind. I got seeds from Fedco and started them early. The seedlings are already healthy looking with lots of rich green leaves. For those who don’t know, indigo is a dye plant. I’m excited to experiment with it and possibly offer it for sale at some point.

This morning I saw the grader go by here on East Waldo Road. Hopefully there’s more gravel coming in, too. Martha Laitin of Thorndike recently wrote to me acknowledging the rough condition of Waldo’s dirt roads. She said that Jackson has been able to improve their roads by following a method used by logging trucks that have to access their land during mud season. Martha explained that fabric is put down over the roadbed during construction, below the top layer of gravel. This keeps the dirt from sinking or washing away, but lets the water drain or “squish” out.

“Jackson has used this method a few hundred feet at a time on the Dodge Road, which had been impassable some years in spring because of the mud before this remedy. A call to the Jackson road commissioner or first selectman would be a good source of testimonial and sourcing information for Waldo.”

It sounds like it is worth looking into, especially if it works for large logging truck activity. Thanks for the suggestion, Martha.

I hope everyone enjoys the beautiful weekend ahead!