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the mid july garden

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

Still reallllly hot here today. In the 90s. It’s that very humid, hot, sweaty kind of day. You try to get by wearing as few clothes as possible. I came home from work to find my tomato plants wilting. I watered and gave them a long, cool drink. Here are a few pics of what else is going on in the garden in mid July.

bachelor’s button

I planted a ton of Bacherlor’s Button from seed back in early April.

blueberries

The blueberries are starting to ripen!

flowering cilantro

I cannot keep up with the cilantro. I cut and it flowers. We have been using tons!

garlic scapes

About 2 weeks ago, I cut the garlic scapes. Now the garlic plants are maturing and soon will be ready to pull!

lettuces

Hot hot weather is very tough for the tender lettuces, but they are hangin’ in!

Supposedly this heat wave will break tomorrow. I truly hope so. It has been sticky!

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ridiculously productive weekends rock!

Sunday, June 12th, 2011

How was your weekend? I hope it was relaxing and fruitful. We braved the on-and-off rain all weekend long, but we managed to cross soooo many things off of the to-do list. And we grilled and cooked. And we relaxed plenty. It was really awesome.

For starters, yesterday we finally moved most of our furniture back downstairs and back inside from having the floors redone over a week ago. We had mostly been living upstairs for the last two weeks. The computer is still upstairs, as are the bookcases. We shall see if they stay up there or migrate back down.

In addition, we cleaned off our screened-in porch because we are having it painted later this week! I am really excited about this next project. I had to move all of my houseplants back inside from off the porch (their temporary home over the last two weeks while we were having the floors done).
plants on porch

While Craig worked on wiping down all the porch furniture (pollen explosion!) and moving it to the basement, I cleaned the pollen off of all my houseplants and did some much-needed trimming.

unruly house plant

Eek!

trimmed house plant

Ahh... much better.

plant trimmings

I rooted some of the cuttings, and I will compost the rest.

Once I was done moving the plants back indoors, I wiped down all the curtain rods in the living room and dining room and put all the curtains back up. Then I moved on to putting our upstairs drain in the bathtub back together after its necessary semi-annual cleaning of my hair. Oh the fun! Oh the excitement!

Hey, it’s done. And I love having a free-flowing drain and clean tub!

Then it was off to tend to laundry and other Sunday chores like emptying the compost, gathering the garbage to put out, putting away clean clothes and linens (fresh, clean towels!), replacing the dish cloths, and making tomorrow’s lunches for work: roasted red pepper hummus sandwiches with garden greens and cucumber slices.
hummus sandwich

Meanwhile, Craig dragged our poor old couch to the curb for its pickup tomorrow. Our “casualty” from getting the floors done. Time to get rid of the ancient, sagging, icky couch. We are a little sad to see it go since we are now couch-less, but it’s time.
couch

Finally I did my early evening garden walkabout and picked some radishes to use for dinner. I decided to roast some organic chicken thighs with green peppers, poblano peppers, onions, carrots, and radishes.
radish pepper onion

roasted chicken and veggies

We started with fresh-picked salad greens from the garden, then topped the greens with brown rice followed by the roasted chicken and veggies (roasted with olive oil, garlic, black pepper, and herbs). A hearty and well-deserved meal after a long day of crossing things off the to-do list. It feels so good to start the work week knowing the porch is cleaned off, the plants are back inside, the laundry and cleaning are done, lunch is made, and my belly is full.

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good june pickings

Friday, June 10th, 2011

We are already enjoying many treats and delights from the garden this year. Here’s a peek at the front bed, filled with lettuces, baby spinach, radishes, beets, broccoli rabe, carrots, and garlic.

We’ve been feasting radishes for a few weeks now. And the lettuces are wonderful. Fresh, tender baby romaine and an assorted mezclun mix. Mixed with baby spinach leaves, we are loving garden-fresh salads!

lettuces and baby spinach

Lettuces on the left, baby spinach on the right.

The sugar snap peas are starting to go crazy. They are trellising away.
sugar snap peas

And now they are blooming and beginning to form actual sugar snap peas! By the end of the weekend, they will be ready to pick.

sugar snap peas

Such delightful white flowers that bloom to make way for sugar snap peas.

Meanwhile, I can’t seem to pick the cilantro fast enough.
cilantro

We have been clipping cilantro to use in garden salads, a red quinoa salad that I made, in marinades for roasted chicken thighs… cannot get enough! Soon the cilantro will begin to flower, and then I will clip it all back. I will use what I can and freeze the rest to use all summer long while I plant the next round and wait for it to grow.

What’s coming next? Garlic! The scapes are about ready to burst forth from the garlic plants. Garlic scape time is the best time of year! I’d say we are about a week away.
garlic

And it just wouldn’t be right to talk about good June pickings without mentioning WEEDS.
weed bed

What should I do with this bed? This is where I planted potatoes last year. But I didn’t get my act together on time this year to get starter potatoes to plant. Hmmm… I am thinking I will plant a fantastic herb garden here perhaps. Or I could use the space for flowers. Indecision. But clearly the weeds have got to go!

Weeding this bed is one of this weekend’s projects. And eating well. Weeding and eating. The perfect way to celebrate good June pickings in the garden!

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memorial day weekend and mixing it up

Sunday, May 29th, 2011

Hello! This is a photo-less post. And I am very sad about it—my camera stopped working today. I have no idea why, but I am not feeling too good about my little camera’s chances. At first I thought the battery was just dead, so I swapped out the battery for a freshie. No luck. Nothing. When I press the On/Off button I get no response. And I’m pretty peeved about the whole thing because this camera is less than 2 years old. That should not happen!

But I am trying not to let this get me down. I will call the manufacturer and see what gives. In the meantime, I cannot show you our first harvest of baby spinach and lettuces from the garden this weekend. I can’t show you the crazy thunder clouds that passed by on Friday. I can’t show you the amazing heirloom tomato starts I bought today.

And most of all, I can’t show you the comical, utter disarray that is our downstairs right now. We are in the process of vacating all the contents of our dining room and living room in preparation to have our hardwood floors refinished next week. We have been talking about this for years and years, pretty much since we first moved in. The bulk of the flooring is in great shape, but the path from the kitchen through the dining room into the living room is really worn and looks icky.

I started calling to get quotes because I do not feel comfortable attempting this project ourselves. After I got some quotes, I found a refinisher who offered us a deal we could not pass up—he had a contractor back out on a job next week, so he has an opening. And he’s giving us a steep discount.

Sign us up!

Perfect timing with the long weekend, so we’ve spent the past two days moving bookcases and tables and figuring out where to stash the loveseat and dining room table and houseplants and chairs and end tables and whatnot. Our house is pretty small, so there’s not a bunch of options for where things can go. However, I think (!?) we have a plan in place. Today we moved the bookcases that are in the living room upstairs to the guest bedroom. The dining room table is going to go out on the screened-in porch covered with a sheet or tarp. The computer and desk are now upstairs in the guest bedroom as well. The TV and TV stand will go at the end of the upstairs hallway.

The couch you ask. The couch? Well, I think this is the kick in the pants we need to finally say goodbye to it. Our couch and chair are hand-me-downs from Craig’s parents. And while they are very comfy, they are decades old—and very, very worn—and pretty much gross at this point. When we got married two years ago, we put aside some wedding money to get a new sofa. But Craig and I could never agree on one.

That was then! This is now! If we toss the ailing, sagging, worn couch, maybe—just maybe—that will force us to recommit to furniture shopping and finding one we love.

I am ever so hopeful.

I would also like to spend a little time rethinking our dining and living room layouts and maybe reconfiguring the spaces. It is almost like we are moving in all over again!

This is kind of fun. The downside is that summer decided to make its appearance quite suddenly and temps have been near 90°F for the past 3 days. It is oh-so-warm in our little abode. But we are making do as we haul furniture around, heave books, clear out the clutter, decide what we no longer need, and get ready to have our floors done.

I am so excited to refinish our red oak floors! I cannot wait! But here is what we are still stuck on… the finish. We are going to go au naturale with just a clear, low-VOC water-based polyurethane. However, do we go with a satin finish? Or semi-gloss? We have to decide by Tuesday. We have a satin finish now. And I like it. But I do wonder what the space would look like with a little more sheen… Decisions, decisions. I don’t want it to look like a bowling alley, but I also wonder how a little gloss might transform the rooms? Our living room gets a ton of light, so I don’t know if semi-gloss would be too reflective? I keep going back and forth.

Have you redone your floors? What finish did you go with? Any suggestions or recommendations? I would love to hear your thoughts.

And I hope you are having a lovely and relaxing Memorial Day weekend!

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the garden is sprouting!

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

It has been raining on and off for the past two days, and all sorts of wonderful things are sprouting and budding in the yard and garden.

For starters, here come my bleeding hearts! Just starting, but soon they will bloom their short but beautiful flower life in the front flower garden bed:
bleeding heart

For the real deal, I look no futher than to my hyacinths. They are blooming and amazing throughout my front garden. All sorts of light pinks, and hot pinks, and deep purple hues abound!
hyacinths

hyacinths

I will give these hyacinths a few more days in the garden to open up, and then I will cut some to bring indoors to make lovely bouquets, because they just smell delightful and are such an exclamation point that spring is here!
hyacinths

What else is coming along in the garden? Ah… so many things!

Here is the current state of the very front raised vegetable garden bed.

Hopefully you can see that there are all sorts of sprouts emerging! I am so pleased and happy about the progress. Up and away! There are spinach sprouts, lettuces, radishes, and broccoli rabe.

lettuce sprouts

lettuce sprouts

radish sprouts

radish sprouts

spinach sprouts

spinach sprouts

There is no greater joy from growing vegetables from seed than observing the garden every day and waiting and waiting… and then suddenly! seedlings emerge from the soil. Just peeking out from the ground angling for the sun. From these tiny seeds emerge baby plants that with proper love and care will keep on growing and growing and growing. And soon they will transform and become vegetables! Very soon my radishes and lettuces and spinach will be ready to pick.

It is not difficult at all to plant these veggies. It just takes time and care and patience. And, of course… a little sun and water. Before you know it, wallah!

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