Category Archives: Gardening

Mid-January

We had our former landlords over for lunch yesterday, Gabe made some Asian-inspired grilled chicken and pork wraps that were fantastic as always. I made a quick cranberry-orange scone with a vanilla orange glaze- there are none left, but I do have half a bag of cranberries so I could make one more batch for the week.

I’ve also been making an effort to do more meal planning, 1.) so my grocery shopping isn’t so disjointed, and 2.) it makes dinnertime with Piper so much simpler if we don’t have to play the “What should we eat” game. Gabe bought a copy of America’s Test Kitchen’s Slow Cooker Revolution, and I’ve been using it a lot. There is a great variety of recipes, and most of them are pretty easy to put together in the morning before I leave for work.

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Piper… she turned 8 months old 2 weeks ago and it seems like she changes almost daily lately. She feeds herself really well, and when she’s playing its evident that her hand eye coordination is really good. She’s such a busy girl! Her current favorite pastimes are stalking the cats, playing with Gabe’s bongos, and dancing any time she hears music.

We are also in the throes of garden planning, we know where its going and what’s going in it (seeds not ordered yet though) but didn’t do any work on it last fall, so we have a lot of work ahead of us this spring. I’m excited though, because there is an already established strawberry patch!

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Made my list of seeds to order,ย and added some annual flowers for some color! I put giant sunflowers on the list, and I’m excited to see how they turn out.

Happy Sunday!

Garden Planning!

I’ve been so busy growing a human, I hadn’t given any thought to our garden until a few days ago when my husband mentioned garden tomatoes. I did one of those, “How could I forget” gasps and immediately ordered my Johnny’s and High Mowing Seed catalogues (sadly Baker Creek is OUT of theirs). Since then I’ve been researching the new varieties of disease resistant tomatoes (because, New England) and what other new things we might like to add to our garden this year; and what we won’t be growing again (hello broccoli covered in every insect imaginable).

Since my maternity leave is perfect for Spring planting and gardening I’m looking forward to it more than I have the last few years. I think it will offer me a welcome distraction from the baby routine, which (I hope) will be good for both of us.

We are planning to grow enough tomatoes, peppers, peas, green beans, cucumbers, greens, herbs, and squash to keep us out of the veggie section of the grocery store for a bit. Last year, being our first year at this location, was great for a baseline and we are planning some improvements for this year. We have rethought our planting design, and will forego the tomato bags this year. The plants we put in bags last year never fruited, and the bags fell apart- it was a general disappointment. We also have a full crop of garlic to look forward to, its sitting happily under a heavy blanket of snow right now, but hopefully we will be greeted with greens when things warm up!

Here’s hoping February and March go by quickly!!

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreshadow

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Wordless Wednesday

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Mid-July?!

I can’t believe how quickly time passes.

We’ve been pretty busy around here, I’m excited because we are finally at a point where we are eating fresh veggies out of our garden! Most of the perennials around the house are blooming too. I got back from NY to see that I missed the peony entirely though. That was disappointing.

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Pinterest Fallacy!

This image is floating around on Pinterest, telling people to buy peppers with 3 bumps and not 4 because they won’t have seeds. Anyone with a basic understanding of botany will know that this is a bunch of BS. Fruit cannot be male or female, “gender” in plants only applies to the flowers, and only female flowers produce fruit. Sometimes you get a pepper with lots of seeds, sometimes you only get a few. These bumps have nothing to do with seed amount, sweetness, or tenderness. Stop the madness.

 

Garden Snippet: Asclepias syriaca- milkweed

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One of the first “Garden Snippet” posts I made was also a milkweed, but I have such affection for the “weed” variety. It plays host to so many insects, not just the Monarch butterfly. Here is a moth and a small bee, both coming over the waxy flowers for nectar. ย This species is common to disturbed areas and meadows.