By Penny Stine
Thursday, April 14, 2011
I wrote a month or so ago about my dislike of grass and showed a photo
of my wildflower area being overrun with grass. I sprayed a Fertilome product all over the area, and sadly, the grass did not wave a white flag of surrender in an unmistakable sign of its impending demise.
However, when I've tugged at the grass, it pulls fairly easily out of the ground, and doesn't seem as prolific as it was a month ago. Now, you can actually see the strawberry plants, iris, penstemon, thyme and yarrow. And the one lone daffodil wishing he wasn't so all alone by the mailbox.
When I sprayed back in March, I killed some of the grass that was starting to emerge, but there's another type that hadn't yet recognized the beginning of its growth season. It's finally starting to emerge and come to life.
Bwah ha ha... just in time for me to kill it.
Whaddya think? Did the grass killer work???
When I'm not getting all Rambo on the grass that dares grow where it shouldn't, I've taken a couple pics of my happy spring garden.
Every spring, I wish I would have planted more bulbs in the fall, but every fall, I'm usually burned out on gardening and don't want to spend any more money or time on the garden. Last fall, I actually bought a few more bulbs and got them planted.
I also planted spinach last fall, which seems to work well, since it's only mid-April and I've already starting picking and eating it. Although the tender, tiny leaves are tasty, eating it makes me feel worse than Rambo. Because it's not just baby spinach, it's preemie spinach. And that just feels wrong...
I planted the peas sometime in early March. So far, so good.
By Carol Clark
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Miss those fresh out-of-the-garden, juicy, for-the-love-of summer tomatoes? Those big beauty's are why I started gardening. I can't get enough of them during those few short months of the year when the world is full of ripeness and you can sink you teeth into a beautiful tasty tomato still warm from the garden.
Fresh salsa is a summer staple on our dinner table. Fresh tomatoes with cilantro and just a bit of hot pepper. Canned salsas are never as good, with their watery consistency and bland "off" flavor. You can imagine my excitement when I found the next best thing to fresh hidden in my six-hundred page volume of "Cooks Country Cookbook".
While the pale, hard, tasteless tomatoes in the produce department are bringing four dollars a pound, this recipe takes a fifty-cent can of diced tomatoes. Add a few fresh ingredients and you have salsa that is better than any restaurant in town.
Makes about 1 cup
1/2 small red onion
1/4 cup fresh cilantro
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1 garlic clove, peeled
2 tablespoons canned pickled jalapenos, drained. (I used a fresh jalapeno).
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes, drained
Pulse the onion, cilantro, lime juice, garlic, jalapenos, and salt in a food processor until roughly chopped, about five 1-second pulses. Add the tomatoes and pulse until chopped, about two 1-second pulses. Transfer the mixture to a fine-mesh strainer and drain briefly. Serve. The salsa can be covered and refrigerated for up to two days. Re-season to taste before serving. OH YEA BABY!
"Summer's lease hath all too short a date."
By Patty Hoisington
Monday, April 11, 2011
There are actually baby vegetable plants popping up from the soil inside the cowpots which currently reside inside trays under clear plastic domes. The seedlings are tiny, but green and alive. It seems like we have waited eons for the seeds to sprout, though it has only been a couple of weeks since we planted them. Now, there are tomato, tomatillo, peppers, brussels sprouts and cabbage. More will be planted this week, so that I can once again (in my impatience) peek under the clear plastic domes once or twice a day to check on the presence and progress of new plant life.
To make sure the plants stay healthy and strong and grow successfully beyond their indoor habitat to their respective spots in the garden, this year we decided to follow the guidelines and suggestions of The Old Farmer's Almanac in regards to when to plant, and what plants to plant when according to our specific location. I think we have been too hasty in years past: We planted early, and lost a good deal of those plants to the last blast of cold weather that we always seem to get. Then we replanted. It gets expensive replacing plants. So, we are planting from seed, and planting later this time - and I will continue to peek under the plastic domes, cheering the little seedlings on.
Monday, April 11, 2011
I figure its a sure sign of spring when Murdocks gets their Chicks in!
My grandson Brody fell in love with these babies.
He's never seen anything like that and it was so funny watching him gently look in at them.
This was a guest blog, written by our very own LLFD, Sue Buskist. We think her grandson needs to be the poster child for too-cute kids everywhere who want to know, "Hey, Mom, can I take one home and keep it?"
By Penny Stine
Friday, April 8, 2011
The kiss of the sun for pardon
The song of a bird for mirth
One is nearer God’s heart in a garden than anywhere else on earth