Monthly Archives: May 2010

BUSTED!

Some furry little creature has been digging in my planters! I think it’s a squirrel.

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The Kind of Bandwagon You Want to Jump On!

Recently the New York Times published an article pertaining to the recent surge in corporate gardening. This is one time, in my opinion, when it’s actually cool to be trendy! You can read all about it here.

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Pea Lattice

This year I took a different approach when constructing the lattice for my peas. We’ll see how it holds up as the plants grow; I may be doing something different come fall!

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What’s Growing On?

Oh just a little bit of this and a little bit of that. Here’s a quick overview of what was planted the beginning of the May.

Beets
Bok Choy

Rainbow Chard

Peas

Broccoli
Radishes
Onions

Corn

Pole Beans

We’ve received quite a bit of rain over the past few days, which has allowed my garden to really take off! I can’t wait to show you how much my plants have grown!!

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Happy Friday!!

I snapped this picture last night as part of my 365 photo challenge. Yesterday’s image was #230! I love how the lattice seems to frame the roses!

I’ve got a very busy weekend ahead of me which kicks off at 4 o’clock today! Time will be spent with family, friends (both the furry and human kind) and hopefully getting phase 2 of my garden tilled. Maybe I can even squeeze in some much-needed picture editing and blog posting! What are your plans?

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Acceptance Speech

I would like to thank the Academy…no, wait, that’s not right. I would like to thank the producers…no, wrong again. OK, let’s try this one more time. I would like to thank Tree, from The Enchanted Tree, for bestowing this great honor upon me and my OneGreenTomato blog. Yeah, that sounds about right.

This is my first blog award and I am so excited to receive it! Honestly, I assume I am just rambling to myself but apparently people do actually stop by to check out my pictures and externalized mental chatter. Cool.

I would like to pay it forward and pass on this award along to a few of my favorite blogs:

Here are the Rules:
1. Put the logo on your blog or within your post
2. Pass the award on to bloggers who bring a little sunshine to your life through their words and photos.
3. Link the nominees within your post.
4. Let the nominees know they have received this award by commenting on their blog
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5. Share the love and link to the person from whom you received this award.

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Breaking Ground – Phase 1

Starting my garden all over again has been both challenging and rewarding. It took a bit longer than I had originally anticipated and it was much more work than I had remembered from several years ago! Here is my step by step progression from killing sod to the digging of my fence trench. 🙂

4-1 Staking out the perimeter of phase one, (earth friendly) grass killer applied.
4-5
4-6
4-8
 4-10 Attempt one at removing sod. Total FAIL!
 4-16 Noodle (don’t ask) brings in his front end loader to rip up my sod…then it’s till baby till!
4-29 After several tillings I’m finally ready to dig my fence trench!
4-30 Fence is in, phase 1 complete.
4-30 Phase 2 is well on it’s way!

Next step…PLANTING!!!! 🙂

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Coconut Curry Veggie Soup

Hands down this is one of my favorite soups! I make it slightly different each time depending on what veggies are on hand. And let me tell you not once has it let me down! You can make it on the stove, but I purchase most of my beans and peas dried, so I just toss everything into my crock pot and forget about it!

Coconut Curry Veggie Soup
This recipe makes A LOT! (and it freezes well too)

6 cups water plus 4 bullion cubes or stock of your choice
1 16oz bag dried chick peas
1 large onion chopped
1/2 bag baby carrots, cut into large chunks
4-5 medium potatoes, cubed (I don’t peal mine)
1 bag of corn, probably about 2 cups. I never measure when I bag and freeze corn.
1/2 head cauliflower broken into bite sized florets.
1 large red or green pepper, chopped. I ran out of room in my crock so I omitted it this time.
Lots of (I used red) curry paste…use your own judgment here folks.
1 can of coconut milk
Mombasa Powder ( As I’ve mentioned before I like my food wicked hot. For those of you who do not, the curry paste may be enough for you. If you need an additional kick add cayenne or any other hot pepper powder you have on hand.)

Combine everything except the coconut milk in your crock pot. Cook on high for 5-6 hours or on low for 8-9 hours. If you are home you can stir it up every few hours. The soup is done once the taters are tender. Add the coconut milk, spoon into bowls and enjoy!

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Best Taco Seasoning Starter…Evah!

I say “starter” because you can, and should, add additional spices to suit your own tastes and recipe needs. I like to add a touch of mombasa for an extra spicy kick, as well as brown sugar and a touch of cocoa powder. Red pepper flakes are a nice addition too.

Taco Seasoning
 1 Tbsp Chili Powder
 1/4 Tsp Onion Powder
 1/4 Tsp Garlic Powder
1/4 Tsp Oregano
 1/4 Tsp  Cayenne Powder
 1 1/2 Tsp Ground Cumin
 1/2 Tsp Paprika
 1 Tsp Black Pepper
 1 Tsp Sea Salt

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Makin’ Babies

As far as the garden is concerned that is! hehe

Once again, I’m a bit behind in posting, but that is just how I roll, yo. I started my seeds the end of March using one of those Jiffy Peat Pod starter things.

Yeah, never again. All I ended up growing was mold. Awesome. I even followed the directions being mindful to avoid direct light, propping the lid open, making sure to not over water or allowing the disks to dry out.
After 2 painful weeks of my trying to ward of the ever-growing wispy white fuzz I was finally successful! The key to my triumph, not following the directions but instead following my green thumb instincts!
Peas
Beets
Bok Choy
Rainbow Chard
Fry Peppers and Green Onions
Romanesco Broccoli
Spaghetti Squash
Since these pictures were taken I’ve had quite a bit of growth, as well as the addition of more sprouting seedlings. I’ll be back soon to share more of my garden’s progression and planting.

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