Summer Goals.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

I love to write up goals each summer to make sure and accomplish fun things. Here are the past three year's goals.

This year's list includes:
1. Plant lots of herbs into landscape- We'd like to try to incorporate more useful plants along with the ornamental ones.
2. Get berries into their permanent spot in the yard- We're trying to establish an 'orchard' of sorts but couldn't decide where to put the berries we got last year so they've been in large pots for now.
3. Go camping- Now that we have a truck we want to load it up with bikes, the portable stove, etc and get out there especially before it gets too hot.
4. Take a bike trip- We want to ride to a nearby-ish town and stay the night then ride home the next day.  Its about 50 miles each way so we've got to plan accordingly.
5. Drive in movie- Again, we've got the truck now so its the perfect drive-in car.
6. Keep track of garden harvest- I don't know how realistic this is, but I'd like to weigh each harvest to get a total count at years end. Along with weight a general count would be nice, ie. 12 tomatoes, 350 bush beans... I'd like to use these metrics to improve upon our garden next year and also for curiosity's sake.
7. Make my own hot sauce- Each year I like to try a few new preserving recipes or methods, this year hot sauces are calling my name.
8. Sun dry tomatoes- I dehydrated lots of tomatoes last year, they are awesome for quickly adding to most any recipe.  Actually sun drying them would be cool to try this year.
9. Dry herbs- All sorts of herbs, for tea, for cooking- they are so much nicer than store bought especially when you're using them in the middle of winter.

2015 Garden.

Friday, June 5, 2015

2015's first update.
I started the garden all from seed, getting a little bit of a late start (although we're further along than it looks since these photos are from May 28).  Because of the lateness there was no time for starting tomatoes from seed so a friend offered some of his extra tomato starts- so nice.  The extra tomatoes went in pots since the beds always get full so fast.  We're trying to prevent the over-crowding we had last year.
The big bed holds Kentucky wonder beans (on the new cattle fence trellis), bush beans, chard, spinach, romaine, little gem lettuce, basil, and tomatoes. Last year the little gem lettuce was very productive and it looks to be going that way again this year.
In the bed on the left we have three varieties of kale, a zucchini, a tomato, wax beans (they will have a trellis soon), and a cucumber (which will also trellis). The bed on the right side has zucchini, onions, tomato, and carrots. The interesting thing about the tomatoes are we don't know what varieties they are. When getting the plants from our friend he said some of the labels washed off, so we'll just have to see what comes up.

I also started a herb bed where I had potatoes last year. I'm trying all sorts of new herbs, lovage, chives, cat grass, and cumin, along with old favorites like cilantro, parsley, basil, etc. In this bed I also saved a bit of space for zinnias, poppies, and another flower I can't quite remember off the top of my head. Currently there are only small sprouts so I didn't think it was worth showing just yet.

We've just come off an awfully cold week, 50s at night, so things are all a little behind but I can't wait to see what this summer's bounty brings.

Eatin' Wear.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

What I'm wearing, what I'm eating while wearing it.
I. Trying to mix up work lunches, microwaved steamed kale and spinach topped with quinoa, sweet potatoes, steamed green beans and my homemade salsa with a side of steamed peas
II. Can't stop wearing this outfit, tie dye leggings make me feel like kicking butt

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