A few days ago our friend Rich called. He'd been bowfishing and had caught a couple large carp. Did we want them? Of course! (said Jeremy). I for one have never forgotten my grandpa's recipe for carp: put the carp on a plank of wood (hickory, oak, something like that). Season the fish with garlic, onion, lemon, etc. You can either bake the fish in an oven on the plank, or smoke it for many many hours. When done, throw out the carp and eat the plank!
Carp is generally thought to be an inedible fish, though some have made it palatable. The other thing about carp, at least around here, is it isn't native. It takes over habitat from native species so fishermen like to catch and kill these pesky fish.
What to do with these fish if you don't want to eat them? Feed them to the plants of course!
Jeremy dug a couple holes in the melon patch, about a foot deep, and we buried the fish there.
Apparently this works very well for raspberries, but we didn't feel like digging up our raspberries to plant carp under them. So we'll feed our melons instead. I guess the roots go down and get into the fish and eat up all the good stuff. Another experiment! We will certainly keep you all posted.