Garden Update

Garden is growing amazing. I’ve already given so much to friends. I love growing a garden but I need to get better at keeping up on the harvesting so it can stay healthy and grow more.

SWEET POTATO SLIPS PLANTED:


This is the first time I’ve grown my own sweet potato slips to plant in the garden. Actually I’ve never tried to grow sweet potatoes before. I think I may have planted them to close together. We will see how they turn out.

On the sides of the bed I planted herbs and marigolds.

MILK CRATES AS PLANTERS


I love milk crates. I make so many things with them; shoe racks, veggie baskets, storage bins and now I made them into planters.

The girls finally showed some interest in growing plants. I used all my growing space in the garden and I didn’t have space for another raised bed so I had the idea of making my milk crates into planters.

I lined the inside of the crates with landscaping fabric (that water can drain through nicely) and had the girls mix up some soil and fill the crates.

Since it was a little too late to plant seeds we drove to our local greenhouses and the girls picked out some plants. They ended up planting 8 crates with veggies and flowers and 2 wooden planters that were empty and begging to be used.

Yesterday I used a crate to plant peppermint, spearmint and mojito mint.

MAIN GARDEN

Napa cabbage bolting
Planted celery where the napa cabbage was.
Chard & Baby Bok Choy. Pulled out all the chard that went to seed and planted more chard in its place.
Broccoli Rabe and onions
Corn and potatoes
Bush beans, okra and cucumbers
Thinned out the beets and carrots
Edible flowers, pole beans and peas
Yummy peas! I was curious and ate one of the pea plant leaves. They are so tasty I was amazed!
Sweet bell pepper finally are starting some new growth and eggplants are a little bigger.
Collards, onions and dill
Strawberries, lettuce, arugula, spinach
Tomatoes and collards
Sage, kale, thyme, rosemary and basil
So I accidentally over watered the strawberries. The leaves started to brown on the edges. I clipped all the bad leaves and the new leaves are looking better.
Blueberries

STRAW BALE GARDEN

It seems that I must of done this right because everything is growing nicely.

Tomatoes
Flat leaf parsley
Hungarian Wax Hot peppers
Watermelon
Cauliflower
Red cabbage
Green cabbage
Pumpkin
Sugar Bush Acorn Squash
Burgess Buttercup Squash
Zucchini
Crookneck squash
Celery
Spaghetti squash
Marigolds
Cilantro

It’s been a crazy adventure so far. Today and tomorrow I build the soaker hose irrigation system. Wish me luck!

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Composting Egg Shells Tip

Here is an easy tip for composting egg shells. Egg shells compost better if they are broken up. Place your egg shells in a bag and then crush them. You might want to use a small plate to crush the shells. If using your hands and fingers be careful, you might get poked! Once crushed up transfer egg shells into the compost pile.

Mushroom Time!

   
Got some great mushrooms at the discount rack today! Time for some dehydrating!!

Last time I bought a bunch and dehydrated them too. Slices are great for sautéing, soups and stews. Whole dehydrated portobello tops are great for grilled sandwiches!

A great book for dehydrating foods:

  

Page 67: MUSHROOMS
   

  So next time you see an abundance of awesome veggies on sale for dirt cheap, buy them and dehydrate them for later use!

TOMATOES!

  Got all these tomatoes yesterday at a reduced price of $3.99! This is what I did with them today…

  

  9 trays of sliced tomatoes for sun dried tomatoes!
  3 half gallon jars of tomato pulp ready to use for salsa or sauces.  Before I jarred the tomato pulp I let drain for about 30 minutes or so to get tomato water.

  Got about 10 cups of tomato water. Great to use as water substitute for savory dishes, broth or just spice up and drink!

Does your GLuten Free  bread crumble on sandwiches?

  
I go back and forth with gluten. I know my body is better without it but I just deal with hives here and there. It’s just so damn good and convenient!

Anyways, I hate when you bite into your GF bread sandwich and it crumbles, making you eat your sandwich way to fast instead of enjoying it slowly.

Well, this morning I decided to toast my GF bread then use for my sandwich. Wow, I was pleasantly surprised how it changes the texture of the bread. It wasn’t brittle anymore! 

Now I am eating Rudi’s Orginal GF bread. I’m not sure how this trick works with other brands, but it works awesome with this brand!

What to do with all these Leftovers?

  

Dinner was great! Now what to do with the leftovers?

  

I could put them all into individual containers then crowd my fridge or make easy to grab meals for later…

Like this…

  

My favorite size mason jar is the pint size (2 cups). This size is a perfect meal portion! No matter what I make for a meal, leftovers go into these babies for quick, healthy meals for later. I freeze most of them but a few remain In the fridge for lunches or snacks. 

Try it, you will love this quick time saving tip!

Tomatoes!

    

I got a case of organic tomatoes for $1.99 earlier this week. There were several tomatoes still in good shape. Definitely $1.99 worth!

I was going to make a bunch of tomato sauce but after I chopped them up I decided to make black bean & corn salsa!

  

I ended up with almost 8 quarts of salsa! Yippy! The whole family loves it. 

I’m going to post the ingredients but I rarely measure things, I go by look and taste. Remember organic ingredients are always better.

Black Bean & Corn Salsa:

• diced tomatoes

• red onion

• cilantro

• corn

• black beans

• fresh lemon juice

• apple cider vinegar 

• Bragg liquid aminos

• salt & pepper

• surgar