Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Garden update: Day 12

I am very pleased to announce great progress in my garden. I've had to battle early-morning slugs, which have thoroughly chomped through my basil, but my toms and peps are thriving and I've got greens making an appearance. And other things. Take a look.

Mixed chicory blend (top); French Breakfast radishes (m); Parisienne carrots (bottom, r); arugula (bottom, m); and Thai chili pepper (bottom, l)
Bowl of herbs (top); mint (bottom)
Toms. They've really taken off. I like how they deliberately staggered themselves in size. 

Peps. Still have no idea what species. Time will tell.

Salad greens.

Dixie butter peas. Three of the four seeds took root. Really pleased.

One lone okra. 

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Sweet & simple & I got a hat!

Now let me state up front that I am singing the praises of Sweet & Simple not because I received any products for free or pimped myself out as a reviewer. Rather, I wanted a hat. And some cookies. And I happen to think Michelle Jaffee is a tremendous amount of fun online and I'm all for supporting a local (hey, it's on the East Coast!), non-chain business, run by a woman who works her butt off. Whilst raising a family. That all being said, I really wanted a hat. So I placed my order and today received a great basket of joy:

(Note the hat. I'm going to wear it everywhere.) 

I also ate a cookie. A chocolate chip cookie. And it was very good. Very, very good. When I worked downtown, I often treated myself to local cookies sold in delis and such but not one was as good as this. Seriously. This is the best I've ever had. Not crunchy like a Chips Ahoy, nor over chewy, it was just the right combo of cakey/chewy with just the right amount of chippage. And because it's made from scratch with only natural ingredients I feel that, perhaps, I should eat another. To keep my strength up. You know, for medicinal purposes. Because M&Ms make everyone feel good. But I won't. Because I'm going to share with the rest of my family. I'm super nice that way. 

If you'd like to order a basket of joy for yourself (and I highly recommend that you do), just click here. Michelle is also on Twitter so please give her a follow. 

And no, you can't have the brownie. That's all mine. Although most likely I will share it with Jandar, because he does love a brownie sundae. And, if I can get to the vanilla ice cream lurking in the back of my freezer, he shall have what most likely will be the best one ever.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Minty green thumb

Last year, after my garden was destroyed by what I later found out were fungus gnats, I swore I would never do one again. Nothing more than a few indoor pots of herbs. No more tomatoes, peppers, nothing. I was done. As you can probably guess, I lied. Through my teeth. And here's photographic proof that I cannot be trusted. ;)

Grand overview. I decided to line up everything against the fence this year, where they'll get excellent sun and, I must admit, it will be far easier for me to manage. I used to keep the containers on the patio; however, the pots then had to be moved around and relocated every time we wanted to use the patio. I can't believe I didn't do this years ago. 

This is my sage and oregano. I planted the sage in the ground our first summer here, nine years ago, but it didn't take very well. Last year I uprooted it and gave it a better home and it's thriving. It was actually three times the size before I cut it back. The oregano was planted last year to keep it company and it's coming in really well.

Empty pots. Fascinating, no? No, I know. The yellow and red pots are Vidrines Midget Cowhorn okra, which is supposed to grow about only about three feet but produces pods that can reach 15-in in length. The blue bucket is Dixie Speckled Butterpea, which is a lima bean. I'm really excited about growing both of these. I love okra and lima beans and, if I get lucky and get a bumper crop, they'll both keep really well in the freezer.

The empty blue bucket with the bag of soil is for my lettuce seeds, which should be arriving any day now from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds. I forgot to order them earlier but there is still plenty of time as it's only May.  The yellow and red buckets have six pepper plants of indeterminate variety. Because I forgot to label them. Which adds a note of intrigue, don't you think? However, if I am lucky, they should be Santa Fe Grande; Jimmy Nardello Italian; Corne de Chevre; Tequila Sunrise; and California Wonder. I also have some seeds indoors that I'm hoping to add to the collection.

Three tomatoes, Uncle Mark Bagby; Tonadoes des Conores; and a striped, whose name escapes me at the moment. Also sweet basil, cinnamon basil, and cilantro.

Left to right, my nine-year-old mint; Parisienne carrot seeds; and a big dish of German thyme; rosemary; and Texas tarragon. 

Citrus mint.


Roses. Which I didn't plant but they're coming in so nicely I wanted to share. And, if you look closely, Buddha up to your left, under the tree.