Sunday, May 12, 2013
It is kit from Home Depot and extremely easy to put together. I can't wait to plant tomatoes and peppers in it!
The weather here in Minnesota has continued to be cool - including snow in the beginning of May! I *think* that is all behind us now. Today should warm up to a nice 60 and by next week we should be warmer.
I haven't planed a whole lot outside yet - just onions. I hope to plant some cold weather plants this week.
Happy Mother's Day to all of the moms out there!
Sunday, March 31, 2013
The weather has warmed up a bit and you can see a lot of the snow has melted this week. It is starting to feel like Spring might put in an appearance sometime in April. Incredible to have this much snow on the last day of March.
Treated seeds have no place in my organic garden and I am usually very careful when ordering seeds to make sure that I don't order any that have been treated or have been genetically modified (other than normal cross pollinating).
I was very surprised to receive these treated seeds. I went back to the catalog and also looked at the online description and the seed company did not state that they were treated. The seed packet that they came out of did plainly state - CAUTION: TREATED SEED.
They have been treated with Thiram - which is what most treated seeds have been treated with. I could call the company and ask for a replacement or a refund, but now I've lost faith in this company and for the small price of a packet of seeds, I am just going to chalk it up to experience - I won't, however, be ordering from them again.
This is why I prefer to start my own plants and not even buy plants from a nursery - you just don't know what the plants or their seeds have been subjected to before you get them.
Others will argue that there is nothing wrong with treated seeds and that the chemicals will wear off long before they get to your table - that may be true - but where do they go? Do they end up in the soil affecting other plants or in the water? And those small amounts of chemicals add up over time. For more information on Thiram - CLICK HERE.
Sunday, March 24, 2013
Sunday, March 17, 2013
Last year on St. Patty's Day it was 80 degrees and Spring had come early to Minnesota. Today it is in the 30s, we have lots of snow and are expecting more snow tonight. March is so unpredictable here.
I also cooked up a few squashes and made some puree that I turned into delightful mini bundt cakes that are disappearing fast. Kiddo saw me cooking up the squashes (which he thought were pumpkins) and reminded me that he doesn't like pumpkin. I reminded him that he does when they are made into muffins.
Mini Squash and Pineapple Bundt Cakes
1 1/2 cups flour (I used Bob's Red Mill gluten free flour - but you can use any flour)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup squash puree
1/2 cup coconut oil (or any shortening or butter or margarine)
2 eggs, beaten
1 small can crushed pineapple, drained
1/4 cup water
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp allspice
1/4 tsp cloves
Heat oven to 350. Sift together the flour, salt, sugar and baking soda. In a separate bowl, combine the remaining ingredients. Pour into bowl with dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Pour into greased mini bundt pans (or muffin cups). Bake 20 minutes or until they test done with a toothpick. Remove from pan. Cool.
Icing is optional. I used a cream cheese icing (made with Tofutti brand fake cream cheese since we are dairy free).
Please leave a comment and let me know how your garden it growing.
Saturday, March 09, 2013
I planted tomatoes, bell peppers (mixed colors), mini bell peppers (first time growing these I hope they do well), brussels sprouts, watermelon (this is actually for Andy - he always grows these and this year he picked out a seedless personal size variety), fennel (another first for me - I never knew I liked fennel until a couple of years ago and now I can't get enough of it), and cucumbers (also for Andy - can you believe the little boy that was a preschooler when I started this blog is now a TEENAGER!).
I will probably start more seeds next week or the week after. I'm happy for now to be started growing!
I even nicely labeled them. I have the specific variety on the back of the stakes.
In previous years I have used yogurt cups, egg cartons and such to start my plants. I think that was part of my problem in getting behind last year was gathering together planting cups and cutting drainage holes in the bottom. It was a great idea to use them one more time before recycling but honestly, buying square pots is easier - and I got nice plastic covers that fit on top so nicely so I don't have to mess with sheets of plastic on top.
Have you started your garden yet? What are you growing?
Tuesday, August 07, 2012
Why am I so excited to have a bat living on my garage? Well, truth be told, I'd be happier if he was in my garden - but on my garage is pretty good. I may have to put up a bat house in the garden to make him more comfortable and to attract some of his friends. I am excited because bats eat insects - insects that eat my plants. Heaven knows I have plenty of Japanese Beetles that he can eat!
Friday, June 22, 2012
I run my raspberries through my food strainer attachment on my kitchen aide because I don't like seeds in my smoothies or raspberry ice tea. Then you can just ladle the juice into ice cube trays or you can sweeten it a little first with the sweetener of your choice. When they are frozen, I just pop them out and store them in a baggie in the freezer.
They are so easy to use to make smoothies or to add to your ice tea instead of regular ice cubes. My son likes to suck on them like a Popsicle.