30 Days of Renewal -Day 9 – How to Make Chive Blossom Vinegar

  For weeks I’ve been waiting for these flowers to bloom.  Ever since I read about making flower flavored vinegars.  When Quirk Books sent me a new cookbook called Cooking with Flowers by Miche Bacher I was excited to try cooking with these new flavors I’ve never experienced before.  Hollyhock Scones, Dandelion Wine, Daylily Cheesecake,…

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30 Days of Renewal – Day 4 – In The Garden

Several of last year’s plants have come back this spring including my chives. I have plans to turn these chive flowers into chive vinegar after they fully bloom. Look for it in a week or so. I’ve heard it turns the vinegar purple! If you have time today add some fresh potting soil to your…

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30 Days of Renewal – Day 2 – Succulent Propagation

Recently I noticed that my neighbor had several babies growing on one of her succulent plants. I asked her if she was planning to propagate them and she said she had no idea how and I was welcome to them if I wanted. I was thrilled to get so many new plants for free, but…

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30 Days of Renewal – Day 1

I can’t believe it’s been over a month since I last posted! Babies take up so much time! I keep imagining I will one day have that 3 hr block of free time I used to use to write and photograph posts. Now that is a dream. So, since I want my blog to be…

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Apples, Blackberries and Tomatoes, Oh My!

Its been a little more than three weeks since my last garden update and boy does a little fertilizer and new soil go a long way!  The tomato plants have tripled in size and the leaves are a perky rich green.  They’re even growing new little tomatoes!

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Garden Update

The garden has been a huge disappointment so far this year.  After two years of harvesting 100 pounds each summer I had big expectations this year, but it is not to be.  We have been plagued by problems.  Mostly of the small furry tunneling variety.  The gophers are back and they have moved into the…

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1st Tomato Today!

I harvested my first tomato today!  It was a Sungold Cherry and boy did it taste like a bucketful of sunshine.  Can’t wait for more!  Looks like there will be a few ready in a couple of days. By the way, the gopher garden is looking ok.  The lettuces don’t seem to have cared about…

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With Crossed Fingers – Gopher Madness Part 2

Today Tom and I moved the gopher ridden backyard garden bed.  I’ve put this off for days because I know I will probably lose plants from shock.  BUT, after finding another plant, my zucchini, being sucked down another hole this morning I was convinced that it had to be done. I’ve never wanted to kill…

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Gopher Madness

What do you do when for the third day in a row you go out to water the garden and find another plant has gone missing?  Completely vanished without a trace.  That makes twelve plants now; two strawberries, two lemon cucumbers, my crookneck squash and seven bush beans. 1.  Kick yourself for being too lazy…

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