Sunday, December 30, 2012
With all the holiday food and fast-paced life these meal supplements are a great way to stay on a healthy side and feel better at the end of the day. Not long ago, I came back from a steak dinner party that was late in the day, after going to bed tired I could not fall asleep I just felt like my stomach was over filled and it was working hard for most of the night to process all the meat that I shoved into it. In the morning I got up and made myself a shake for breakfast, I was filled and felt great for the rest of the day. So if you feel like you need to feel lighter on your feet or you have no energy - than it's time to drink some shakes. We will be posting some of our shakes that we drink to give you some ideas of what to make.
Thursday, October 11, 2012
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Monday, September 24, 2012
|Tomato are about 9 feet tall|
With that said I must say that there were a few things that I learned along the way that I will need to change come next year. And for all of you who will decide to give a try to this system I would like to share them with you so you will not have the same outcome as I had this year. With that said let me stress that over all I was extremely happy with this system, we had great harvest of clean, easy to pick tomatoes as well as a simple low maintenance system throughout the whole growing season. Now to the changes that will have to be made.
- The wire that I used between the two posts sagged from the weight of the tomato plant, there are two solutions that can be done to fix this problem. One of them is to use a piece of wood instead of the wire, preferably the same size as the posts. The other solution is to have a tension wire from the top of the post that will prevent it from bending, in my case it will be hard to do that in all the boxes as I have walk ways that are next to them so I will have to use the first solution.
- My twine that was used to run the tomato plants on apparently was not strong enough, with constant watering it started giving way on some of the plants and they fell to the ground. In the beginning of the season I fixed a few of them but now with the season coming to the end I have decided to just live with it. The solution is obvious just use a stronger twine next year and the problem will be solved.
Friday, July 20, 2012
After reading this I have decided to get my license and start baking more, since one of my issues was that I had large quantity of bread left over after each bake, now I can bake it and sell it legally. Here is a link as well if you would like to obtain a permit in Washington state. http://agr.wa.gov/FoodAnimal/docs/CottageFoodApplicationPacket061712.pdf
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Some time ago I spoted a trellis that intrigued me and I made a decision to build it at my garden. It's a simple trellis that is build out of 2x2 in both sides of the garden box and a whire attached at the top, going across the whole box. I attached a garden string to the wire and the base of the tomato plants.
Here are some pictures that i took with my phone. I will update as the plant growth and share my thoughts.
Sunday, June 24, 2012
Our meal was simple.
Tell us what do you eat when you go on road trips.
Saturday, June 23, 2012
Driving on I-5 south gives you a great opportunity to admire Gods great work, the rolling hills the green and lush valleys. With the abundance of rain and cool climate everything is grean and pleasing to the eye.
While driving we saw a lot of farm near the highway and it makes me wander do all those fumes from the cars and trucks get absorbed by the plants and eventually make it on to our tables? Probably. Just another reason why growing your own food makes a lot of sense.
Share with us what you think about this.
Friday, June 22, 2012
|World Mark Indio California|
Friday, September 30, 2011
With the colder days here to stay it's time to try out something new in the garden, why let the soil sit there with out producing any thing if you can harvest fresh food through the winter, or so is our hope. This year we have decided to try out growing greens in the fall but since it's our first year we can only hope that we can harvest something out of it.
We have started some greens in pots that we had and than transplanted them into the garden boxes as the space came available, with some of the summer harvest coming to the end we are able to use the space year round, of course one important step in this is not to forget to add a good layer of compost to feed the soil.
This year we started out with basic Cabbage, Cali flour, Broccoli, Mixed salad greens, Kohlrabi and Spinach. So far they are all growing nicely and keeping our hope up but the cold weather is just around the corner and we shall wait and see how they do.
Friday, September 23, 2011
This post is a dairy entry/ notes for next year as a blog seems to be the most reliable place to keep the gardening notes.
This year we had some joys and challenges in the garden arena that are worth keeping a note on. We started our seeding in early March, and that seemed like a pretty darn good date, need to remember that for future references. Our first seeding was of radishes, peas and dill; followed by cilantro, parsley, arugula and salad greens. Dill and cilantro seeds were bought in the spice section of the Whole Foods Market, for under a dollar you get a lot of seed, thanks to my sister for the tip(!!). Will continue to buy there.
THINGS PLANTED THIS YEAR
- Green Beans
- Green Onions
- Patty Pans*
- Salad Greens*
- Winter Squash
Very glad that we tried the arugula this year, I was officially introduced to it this year, I may have tried it before but did not realize what that nutty spicy thing was and excused it for a good dressing... I allowed some to go to bolting- it produces a lot of seeds and in the process has self seeded and we are enjoying that harvest as well. May try the wild arugula for next year as it is said to be slower to bolt.
Have put some compost on it after we allowed it go to growth, something to remember for next year, to put a good amount of compost in February so that the root system would get a boost. The asparagus has been neglected for some time, so this is probably our first year of decent harvest, hubs got so exited over it that he is now planning on multiplying it via the red seeds it puts out.
Love, absolutely love the basil, seeded the sweet big leafed basil along with a pack of a variety pack of basil, not too impressed with the variety, besides the fact that it had deep purple basil- good looking, but for our taste buds nothing overdoes the big leafed sweet italian basil. Want to try covering it with cloches of some sort next year, so that we could enjoy it earlier...
BEANS- Shelling/ Dry
So exited to grow my own beans, I really enjoy beans and don't mind eating them on regular basis, however not everyone feels the same in our house; nevertheless beans are good for you and we are now growing them! The ying-yang beans are a great bush bean variety to grow again next year. The other two types are not yet mature, but because they are pole beans the harvest is expected to be larger. Minus the ones that the chicken scratched out and ate....Want to try the cannelloni beans next year.
Seed of success has been planted for me with this superfood, but I cannot yet state that I have mastered properly growing them. I did the mistake of trying the interplanting of green beans with beets, even though all sites state that it's a perfect harmonious marriage between the two as the beans fix the nitrogen for the beets, I strongly feel that my harvest would have been a lot better if I gave them both more room, thus sunlight. Dad seeded out the remaining beets in his garden and harvested roots that were two to three times bigger than mine in the same amount of time. I like the variety I planted, just need to give it more room, also want to try the golden variety.
The pleasant surprise goes to cabbage this year, something I haven't ever tried, and bought a pack of seeds because I was in one of those seed buying modes. Up to this year most of my vegetables came to me in a form of a transplant rather than a seed; I gave it a try, it germinated, than I transplanted them, without much faith of having this delicious, versatile, superfood making it, to my surprise a head after head was harvested, I even ended up making sauerkraut (twice!) all from the garden, with this particular vegetable I really do feel like a success!! As a bonus our rabbits LOVE to munch on the nutricious outer leaves. Just read that cabbage is extremely heavy feeder, so will need to keep that in mind for next year. I should try the red cabbage in addition to the green cabbage next year...
Would like to start timed seeding of cilantro next year, as all of it went to flower right around July 1, and I wanted some for the tomato season for the fresh home made salsas. Seeding in mid July did not produce any harvest, must have been too hot for it to germinate, despite the fact the July this year was below average to say the least. Cilantro was seeded in the herb box along with salad mix, parsley and dill.
There was a time that I could never have our garden produce any edible cucumbers, then there was a time I didn't plant any because the previous year's harvest had me scared, there was so many that I didn't know what to do with them... I think I've achieved a perfect balance this year, that is first (!) with the cucs, we had a comfortable planting of slicers and pickling kinds, which kept the fridge full and the canning going. Also in the mix were the european cucs and the midgets. European, I absolutely loved, but there extra gentle skin is extremely easy to bruise. I kept on forgetting that my tiny cucs had to be picked when they were the size of a pinkey and they ended up looking like baby blow up fish. For next year, not so many Orient Express- they were too crooked this year...
Dill was definitely success I even had the opportunity to harvest all the abandance and freeze it, by rinsing, shaking off the excess water, finally chopping the dill weed, and then I put it up in bags and threw it in the freezer. Dill was planted between the parsley in the herb box, the only problem I did not remember in which row I have seeded so dill and parsley ended up sharing a row. Dill was first to mature thus shadowing the growth of parsley, but I had the other row of parsley to rely on. After the dill was drying as the weather got warmer, that gave way to parsley.
This does it for the ABC and D; hopefully I will feel like make notes on the rest.
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Having an organic home grown cabbage is a plus for any recipe and the health benefit is great as well. There are a few different type of sauerkraut that are out there and the one we are making today is more like the one that Russian or Ukrainian people are familiar with, it's a bit milder than the German one and it's not as sour, that's the one we grew up with so called Russian Sauerkraut (kislaya kapusta).
The recipe is simple.
5 Lb of cabbage.
3 tablespoon of sea salt.
Mix it well in a food grade bucket and wait it with a rock so the cabbage produces juice. After about 2 days pack it in a glass jar and put it up in a fridge. If you like to can the cabbage increase the salt to 4 spoon. Simple but tasty.
Till next time.