Category Archives: garden

Borscht

Yum beet soup! I like to peel the beets by boiling them for a while and then the peels get really loose.

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Sauté onions, carrots, and sundried tomatoes (the secret weapon).

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Then I used the French fry cutter in the food processor to cut the beets up.

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Garlic and kale!

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All in the pot with water and chopped potatoes and add dill and lemon juice. Salt to taste.

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Once it’s done it’s great with yogurt and a warmed tortilla!

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Carrots!

Harvested carrots from the greenhouse!

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I’ll try and eat one radish a day

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Lettuce and arugula salad with apples and one radish. Yogurt honey mustard hemp seed dressing. Kimchi on the side.

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Cabbage worms move-out day, ladybug move-in day

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Picked these beautiful green destroyers out of the greenhouse and released ladybugs to eat the aphids.

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January 2014 greenhouse!

I’m really pleased with the hoop house this season. We got the plastic up later than we intended this fall, but a lot of work on the bracing structure reduced the ‘thwapping’ in the wind. Reducing the air exchange also helped with the warmth overnight. I diligently packing-taped any hole and we added two more 55 gallon barrels full of water for a total of four to increase thermal mass. The plants are loving it!!

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¬°Papas!

This year we grew various potatoes. The pink and the purple were the most beautiful. The color equals more nutrients. Thank goodness that people in the seed saving world are keeping the incredible diversity of potatoes alive and accessible to gardeners!

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Aphrodisiac herb and spice liquor

I have the best friends! Just broke out this beautiful gift from a blossom buddy. This sweet spiced and herbed brandy is the perfect partner to a dark winter new moon walk. Lets all make some for ourselves!! I wish a little of this came out of the spring in oak creek!

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Nightshade romance

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I got married this summer which was super fun. We had a potluck and played kickball. Feelin’ pretty sappy about it today!

10 years ago my sweetheart made me an unanticipated breakfast. There was hardly a thing in the house so we each had a microwaved potato with cumin and tomato paste.

For this inspired dish pictured above I popped the whole cumin seed in oil. Then I added cubed red potatoes that I previously soaked in some salt water so they would be less gummy. Cooked them until they browned some and were tender. Then I added cherry tomatoes we grew in the garden and some baby chard and spinach. A little garlic powder and salt, and the ‘first meal’ is reinvented.

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Planting in the hoop house

Today we finished cleaning up the hoop house from a summer and fall as a tomato bed. We planted peas, dinosaur and red winter kale, bok choy, tat soi, purple orach, chard, radicchio, cilantro and purslane.

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We have tiny volunteer tomato plants all over! Some of them made it through the clean up today. We’ll see how far they get…

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