Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Our Vegetable Patch...


I remember three years ago I started our own patch of vegetable garden. It was a raised bed and I frantically plated everything I can in a 4 x 6 feet space. Well, it was an experiment but a successful one and that year we had so much tomatoes but not much beets. I recall I would clip few beet greens to cook and that’s about it. Since then we have expand our growing space one foot at a time. I have had successes and failures during this three years but in all I have learned a lot. 
This tiny bit of raised bed had taught me a great deal from feeding my family to preserving food. I have reduced my trips to grocery store and made conscious decisions what I put in my children’s food. I have also integrated their little hands and young ideas in implementing in our vegetable patch. 
We have reduced the weight of our trash can by adding much to the compost. This little raised bed let us explore the idea of backyard chickens which in return made our compost the best by adding chicken coop waste. We learned nothing goes to waste is a TRUE concept not a myth. Our left over vegetables goes to chickens and in return we make less trips to the local feed store. I am adamant about cutting down my visits to the Midwest cornfield. Again there is a lot to learn about how corn could end up everything we eat and the food industry in the US. 
This summer I panted broccoli, green beans, parsley, sage, thyme came back from last year, swiss chard, and many more. I have already clipped my herbs for cooking, and harvested green beans twice. Chickens are fed with fresh green every day. At the end of the day I feel happy about this tiny edible raised bed of our!




  

Monday, June 29, 2015

Lavender Garden…


This past winter had been a very harsh winter for New Englanders. Out lavender hedge is fairly young and the corner garden is about a year old. I did plant some last summer as a hedge which I plan to grow more as the years come. However to my surprise they did extremely well this year. It is a wonderful feeling to see them com back and produce bloom after bloom. 
We have notice so many bees and butterflies visiting this corner with delight. I love to see purple smoke from a distant. I have always loved lavender as an herb and as an essential oil. It can elevate headaches and minor aches in minutes. Lately I am using them in my chicken coop mixed with bedding seems to helping chickens a lot and with bugs. 
I have been surfing the internet to see what else I can do with a bumper lavender crop. I love making lemonade with it; that is about it right now. I might take on the challange of making few pillows for winter with seeds if I am up to it.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Happenings...

Sorry for the long absent. Summer school, classes for little Nicolette, and everything in-between is kind of getting in the way of posting. The best is to at least begin with one or two post to get back in the swing of posting. It is easier to begin with garden because I manage to poke my head outside twice a day if not more than that. Many changes, first chicks are growing up like weeds I mean literally like weeds. 
We have a bunny family visiting us every evening and I am bit skeptical about the entire thing. I enjoy their view now and then. My neighbor told me to keep a bowl of garden leftover on a side so they won't eat my green beans. 
Lavender hedge has grown a bit and always busy with butterflies and bees. I harvested some this year. I have to find ways to use them. 

Monday, May 4, 2015

Daffodils



This is one of my favorite flowers that I look forward during spring. Not many bloomed in our yard this year. However, saw a lot in our neighbor’s yard which I have planted. In a way it gives a great feeling to see that I planted them and they are doing so well in her yard. I might get some this fall.



Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Pansies

My very first trip to the nursery. I came home with two small crates of pansies. There is something magical planting these tiny plants. This reminds me of butterflies roaming in our yard. I planted them in our big flower pot by the front door. 
Nicolette promised me that she is going to help me but I could not find her anywhere close to me she got so busy chasing chickens. I did the planting but enjoyed every bit of it. 
Hopefully they will welcome us from our long trips. 

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Weekend…

It was wicked busy weekend, I drove across town to get grocery, to apple store, to bookstore, had lunch out, bought few things for myself, and got my toes painted that was Saturday. Yes, it was that busy and the weather was so nice. 

I had lost my water bottle which I take to gym and was a bummer. I had to get a new water bottle because it impossible to spin for one hour without a water break. Then I spend way too much money at the store for a dress and a small bottle of perfume. Both made in the US and organic and I just couldn’t say no. it was a good cause, and I will probably where the dress many times this summer. 

I planted my garden this weekend as well. We still need to get the tomatoe plants but all the other seeds are in just waiting for the rain. 

I ordered organic seeds last Fall and matter of fact I can’t find any.I am sure I have kept them safe somewhere in the house. Although the second order came in I am super excited to plant them. This winter I got use to swiss chard which I have come to love very much. I was eager to plant those seeds because I know I will be using them a lot.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Salad Dressing



I always use to buy the salad dressing because it is inexpensive, so many varieties, and and the convenience. There was this day I ran out of dressing and wanted to eat my salad. What happen next was invention of dressing at home. After a bit of research online. I was making my own salad dressing. The best part  was I am in control of what is going in my dressing. So far I made one with lemon, and this is my attempt to make with ruby red grapefruit. I am so pleased with both batches which leads me to eat more salad. 

My version
1/2 cup of grapefruit juice
3 tbs of olive oil
2 tbs distill white vinegar 
1 shallot finely minced
2 garlic cloves finely minced
1 tbs of honey
few pinches of crushed red pepper flakes
Dash of salt and pepper to taste


Place everything in a mason jar and shake. Simple as that and pour generously on your salad.