Sunday, July 21, 2013

Defeating the Garden Creatures

This year in the garden, we got smart.  We decided that if we were ever going to get to enjoy our blueberries, we were going to have to hide them from the squirrels, chipmunks, and birds (and beagle) that enjoy them every year.  Nathaniel added a net to the bigger bush, and we waited.

It worked!  Saturday I went out to the garden between thunderstorms and rain showers, lifted the netting, and picked an entire cup and a half of ripe berries from one bush.  (I had to send the beagle back inside because he was also enjoying being able to pick the berries more easily.)

Blueberries like this demand to belong to something more than just being snacked on.  I dug out my favorite go-to breakfast baking cookbook (A Passion for Baking ) and made her Blueberries and Cream Mall Muffins.  I didn't have the giant muffin tins, but for once I had sour cream on hand.  I soured some almond milk to replace the buttermilk and otherwise made them as the recipe described, besides dividing it in half.  They were delicious and perfect with the cold-brewed iced coffee on these humid summer days.


David T. Macknet said...

Awesome! Glad you're succeeding at defeating the vermin!

KtLw35 said...

We need to plan on netting our berries next year. There were lots of green ones on the bushes but they disappeared before we saw a single blue one.