Simon cracked me up on his visit last weekend in a casual discussion about how things were going at school. It pointed out a wide cultural shift from my generation to the next one down. He said that at a recent chemistry lecture the professor started the class by requesting that the students please talk to their mom’s and tell them to quit emailing him telling him how there’s something wrong when their son/daughter who had consistently made A’s in high school chemistry was now failing college chem. I couldn’t begin to imagine ever experiencing parental intrusion at that level. I would have been seriously disturbed if my parents ever got involved in anything at school from about the first grade on. It did happen from time to time if they got a specific hard request from someone like the principal but other than that…………… My sister said she saw something about parents actually accompanying their kids on job interviews. Would I ever, ever, ever have hired a person who brought their parent to the interview? Here’s what I’m trying to figure out – is it this generation parents with kids in college that are screwed up or is it this generation of kids in college?
One of the key ingredients to a successful Thanksgiving dinner, maybe the most important ingredient, is the cranberry sauce. That’s always my job. This year I wanted it to be both the traditional dish but to have something just a bit different. So I’ve created Satsuma-Cranberry sauce. It’s not something most people could make because Satsuma’s are not readily available to the general public. I don’t think I’ll make any pre-dinner announcements but wait until all the ooh’s and aah’s have settled down and then divulge the source of the delectable new flavor. If I mentioned it before hand you always have a few people who will decide they don’t like it without even trying it. It’s always that way.
The winter garden is starting to take shape and is now occupying about 3/4 of the total area. By the end of the month, should be picking the first cabbage and perhaps the first broccoli. The peas are poking up as is the spinach, the last winter stuff to go in. Beyond this point for the next 2-3 months, I just replant more of the same as the old plays out with minor changes – English peas for snow peas; cabbage variety A for variety B; a few more cauliflower plants, a few more broccoli’s, romaine in place of leaf lettuce etc etc etc. Nothing dramatic for the next few months. Personally other than the occasional need to cover the crop for frost protection, this is the easiest and most rewarding season for Florida gardening. Minimal bug problems, crops that are nematode resistant, lots of variety, and no heat strokes. This season should be the easiest in a while because the soil is not in desperate need of loads of organic material so the pace of composting is less frenetic.