Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Tonight's Dinner

Tonight's dinner wasn't anything special, but I did like that more than half the contents were home grown.
A bed of lettuce with cilantro, radishes and lemon basil topped by taquitos and sour cream with minced dried cayenne peppers (from last years garden), rice and a beer. We are not home-brewing our own beer yet, but that is a dream of mine, some day. So if you couldn't guess the non home grown ingredients: taquitos, sour cream rice and beer. But we have talked about making our own taquitos, I think that is very feasible. The next time we make some homemade tortillas we just need to save a few to wrap and then fry as taquitos (although this leans heavily on Julia's expertise, mine tends to run more for the outdoors).

Monday, May 24, 2010

Pikey Lot

Today I walked the dogs over to the Pikey lot to take a look at where I had sowed some watermelon, winter squash and pumpkin seeds. I wasn't really expecting much, but to my surprise 8 little seedlings have sprouted up. I am excited to see what they are, as I can't remember which I planted exactly where.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Raised Bed Vertical Support

Two weeks ago, Antonio and I went out to the Pikey lot, and sowed some watermelon, pumpkin and winter squash seeds. Hopefully they come up, but we shall see, since this is going to by a primarily unmanned garden that we may check once in a while.

Last weekend Antonio and I bought ourselves a few plants for our garden. Some of the plants we bought were a Strawberry plant, that had two strawberries ready for picking already on it, Lemon Thyme, and Stevia. Julia and I decided to give Stevia a try (although we grew it once years before, we didn't do anything with it then). We plan on possibly using it instead of sugar when possible. It can be done with either the green leaves, or by drying and then grinding the leaves into a powder (if we have enough, we may plan on doing both). Approximately 6 large leaves chopped finely is a substitute for 1/2 cup of sugar for baking or in cooked recipes. 1 teaspoon of ground stevia is equal to 1 cup of sugar; 2 drops of liquid essence is equal to 1 teaspoon sugar. Antonio and I also picked up a Citronella Scented Geranium, we'll see if it works in keeping the mosquito population away from our patio some. Here is a picture of one of our two blueberry bushes at the end of April.

This past weekend I transplanted the majority of my tomatoes into the garden, most going into the raised bed. And on Sunday night I put together the vertical frame for the raised bed, which the tomatoes and cucumbers will climb up. Antonio is very excited about the progress of the radishes in the raised bed, which he is currently confusing with a tomato (probably due to its color).