Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Fall Harvest Time

I am so excited I love fall veggies. I harvested Collards,Kale, and Swiss Chard and made a big pot of greens.



Today with a little help from my friends, I harvested my first crop ever of sweet potatoes.






The sweet potatoes have to cure. I will put them in a warm spot with some humidity for about three weeks. Then they are ready!!!!

Here is what I did with the greens|:

Fry about 6 slices good bacon until done but not crisp
Add some onion sliced and some red pepper flakes
Then add the cleaned and stems off, and chopped greens to the pot
Salt and pepper
Then homemade chicken broth to cover.

Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer and let it cook for at least 2 hours. YUMMMY

I love growing my own veggies!!!!!


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Monarch verses Viceroy


Our Monarchs are in trouble. More and more of the plants they need to survive are being taken away. Both my brothers have been very involved with trying to set up way stations for the Monarchs on their long journey to Mexico. I am so excited as I have seen at least 6 Monarchs mainly on my asters. I really believe they are Monarchs and not Viceroy.  The Viceroys are great imitators. They look so much like the Monarchs but have an additional stripe across the bottom section of the wing. It is interesting to note that Monarchs are poisonous and so the Viceroy gets a pass since butterfly predators think they are Monarchs.



Here a couple thinks you can do to help our Monarch:

#1 Provide milkweed for the caterpillars, it is the only thing they eat.
An additional plant that is good are orange butterfly weed.
#2 Plant a variety of nectar sources, such as zinnias, lantanas, and fall blooming asters. Let's give the butterflies a buffet!!!
#3 Stop using herbicides and insecticides in your flower gardens. Become happy with maybe a not perfect garden. 
#4 Take time to sit and watch and enjoy.... I love the butterflies and wildlife all around! I was so focused on the butterfly I failed to noticed the Hummingbird .  Too much fun!!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Herb Vinegars

The night temperatures are getting down below 50 degrees. So it is time to seriously start harvesting and preserving. I have heard horrid rumors that this winter is going to be harsher than last year. Oh my.

Number one is making Opal Basil Vinegar.





I love this vinegar. It is so tasty and so beautiful. So easy to make.
Here is what I do:

Put your white vinegar in a pan and bring it to a boil. Do not let it boil Then infuse fresh Opal basil into the vinegar I often use the jug that the vinegar was in and stuff the basil in and then add the vinegar. I good rule of thumb is 1 cup vinegar to 2 cups herb.

I then let this cure for a month in a dark closet. Then I strain it and add a beautiful basil blossom to a fun bottle. This is beautiful and wonderful vinegar.

I use it in the following recipe and it adds a deep flavor.

Broccoli and Cauliflower Salad Recipe

1 head cauliflower
1 bunch broccoli
2 stalks celery
1 cup sugar ( we don't do sugar so I use Splenda )
2 Tblsp poppy seeds
1tsp salt
2 tsp dry mustard
1 onion finely chopped
1/2 cup Opal basil vinegar
1 1/4 cup salad oil

Break the veggies into small bites. Add celery Mix the rest together and add to the veggies Refrigerate for three hours

So many ways to enjoy this vinegar. It is wonderful.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Today was a fun day. A great garden club here in Shelbyville came today. I was going to do a lecture on herbal vinegars. But really ended up talking herbs and basil for an hour


They were all so interested and so enthusiastic of my gardens. I was very worried since my garden time has been so limited and I felt like they were not great.

But the ladies all were so wonderful and loved the gardens. It was very uplifting.





It helped me remember how much I love sharing my garden with people who love gardens. What a great day.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Please no frost on the pumpkin yet. Thatcher and I planted this pumpkin. Maybe a little early for Halloween.


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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

What is important

It is very important to me to use what I grow. After working from 7 to 4. I came home and canned tomatoes. I am very committed to using what I grow or preserving it for future use. If I can not use it I will find someone who can.
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I grow great food. So tonight I canned tomato sauce and will have my garden treasures all year long.








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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Herb Yarb

Nothing lifts my spirits like working in herbs. So after what had proven to be a challenging day at the office I retreated to my small herb garden in front of my herb house.





It actually looks pretty good except for two areas. One right next to the new beehive and the other where I had delayed cutting the oregano that I let bloom for the skippers and the bees.





So I set to work. My beehive has been so much fun. I can't wait to blog more about it. It was a gift from my brother Ben. But I just hated to cut the oregano until the skippers stop flitting around and the bees had had their fill. But I must cut. I just can endure the site.








Ok I feel a little better. Now to the tons of squash and tomatoes I need to address

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