Gardening

Life patience, enjoying the process & growing cipolla onions

Life patience, enjoying the process & growing cipolla onions

Gardening is often a test of patience in both playing in the dirt and navigating life. Weeding, sowing seeds, trimming, clipping, pulling, building plots, aching backs and harvesting a little bit everyday is like a life metaphor. It seems as if each garden task tests tests our patience and endurance for everything outside the walls of our home farm.

Take for instance, these cipolla onions we sowed last year in November 2010. These gorgeous Southern Italian long red onions would be new to our garden »

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Grilled artichoke stems with tarragon garlic butter, a edible extension of the heart

Grilled artichoke stems with tarragon garlic butter, a edible extension of the heart

Spring Fling is here and were celebrating Spring’s bounty with Deb, Editor of Food Network, Margaret of Away to Garden, Jaden Hair of Steamy Kitchen and Nicole of Pinch My Salt.

This week’s theme is artichoke and to participate, just share your artichoke recipe link in our blog on the comments below, as well as the blogs of all our participating friends!

Yesterdays trip to our local farm stand was better than we ever expected. They always have the most beautiful field of artichokes growing »

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Chopped Salad w/Blue Cheese Dressing – My Nepenthe

Chopped Salad w/Blue Cheese Dressing – My Nepenthe

We’re half way through April 2011. How did that happen? Are we the only ones feeling like we should still be in February? From the sound of all the snow falling throughout the cold regions of the country, we certainly should be in February!

Obviously we’ve been hammered with work and we’re definitely not complaining. It’s been a wild and wonderful ride so far this year. With some ups and downs lately, we’ve been able to pick up and start over again and we still »

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Fried Minted Artichokes – A new addition to the Spring garden

Fried Minted Artichokes – A new addition to the Spring garden

Every spring, Diane and I go through the annual “What veggies are we going to plant?” ritual.

First the weather starts to warm and we begin to crave more than leafy greens, sugar snap peas, radishes, and carrots.  We’ll hit Home Depot and nearly buy a bunch of boring varieties which we don’t really want but that is all they have because is it too early in the season. We’ll barely hold off on purchasing, then two days later the weather will drop winter cold »

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Early Spring

Early Spring

Indeed, Spring has arrived in beautiful Southern California.

Regardless of how many lettuce and radish sprouts that mushroom in their plots, it doesn’t feel exactly like spring until the cherry and peach blossoms stretch their petals.»

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Lovely, healing Sage

Lovely, healing Sage

Last week we made some baked acorn squash with our garden sage.

LOVE growing sage, it’s so earthy, healing and therapeutic. If we could and had the garden room, we’d grow tons of varieties of sage.

YES WE WOULD. Heart sage.»

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More garden tomatoes in November

More garden tomatoes in November

When we thought we had picked the last tomatoes, these sun gold vines  proved us wrong. Today we changed over some of the vegetable plots to winter peas and greens. It was time to pull up these sun gold vines and they were still producing fruit in November!

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Carrot seeds sowed!

Carrot seeds sowed!

The carrot seeds that we collected from last season are finally sowed! We’ve been so behind on gardening and the carrot seeds were beginning to sprout without the soil.

We’re looking forward to having some more fresh carrots in the next few months and if the rain continues, we’ll have an even better crop.

Excited. Hungry. Garden Carrots.

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Garden Bouquets

Garden Bouquets

I love making garden bouquets from fresh herb and vegetable flowers. The process of strolling the garden with clippers in hand is my form of meditation.

My previous posts are here on Garden Bouquets and Blue Mason Jar Vases.

-diane

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Poached Pluots in Reisling – Summer Fest

Summer Fest is back again and  stone fruits are the theme. To participate, read more about Summer Fest on Away To Garden from Margaret then come join the community!  Catch up on this seasons previous  themes on the bounty of Cukes N Zukes ,  Sweet Corn and Herbs, Beans, Greens.

We love pluots (that delectable plum/apricot cross).  They are a wonderful creation of the Zaiger family which has inundated Farmers’ Markets, fine grocers and backyards everywhere. Flavor Grenades, Dapple Dandys (aka Dinosaur Eggs), Flavor Kings »

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Orange Marmalade Cookies with Orange Zest Icing

Orange Marmalade Cookies with Orange Zest Icing

Rarely does a new cookie recipe make it into our abode’s “must make” repertoire. With our household favorites being so loved (like the chocolate chunk, snickerdoodle w/ Viet cinnamon, and oatmeal rum raisin recipes), a new find has to be pretty damn good to pass up baking an old favorite. These orange marmalade cookies with orange zest icing are pretty damn good.»

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Garden Herb Flower Bouquets for you all

I had many career changes in my life, all starting when I was in the second grade. Teacher asked me what I wanted to do when I grow up and at that point in my life, I loved puppies. So naturally, I said I wanted to be a Veterinarian not because I knew what it was, but because Teacher told me it was a career associated with puppies. I always called her ” Teacher” and what Teacher said was good, I followed suit.

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Video Tour- Dog’s View of Our Summer Garden 2010

Video Tour- Dog’s View of Our Summer Garden 2010

To celebrate the dawn of August and glorious, but sizzling Summer in full swing, we’re taking you on a tour of our Summer Garden.

This tour is from the perspective of our white boxer, Sierra.»

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Ginger Peach Muffins – Good To The Grain Cookbook

This is the time of year we start to inhale stone fruits, but ultimately there comes atime when there are too many to eat off the tree and we’re searching for additional alternatives to eat them. As Summer’s warm love beings to fill up our peaches, plums and nectarines with sweet juice to sink our faces into, nature conveniently decides to let them all ripen and drop at once. We just can’t keep up!

This year we have an added succulent hailstorm of necta-plums to add »

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Jaune Flamme Tomatoes & Quinoa Salad + Food Blog Forum Seminar Atlanta

Jaune Flamme Tomatoes & Quinoa Salad + Food Blog Forum Seminar Atlanta

Summer is in full swing and there are two big announcements finally due out that we’re equally thrilled to share. To kick-start the good vibes, the garden-geeks in us are happy to report that our heirloom tomatoes are doing fabulous this year. Of the 20 heirloom tomato plants we started, only 3 have died and that’s a bumper crop record for us.

But before we delve into tomato talk, we’re excited to announce a Food Blog Forum Seminar in Atlanta!»

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Pickled Green Tomatoes & The Butcher and the Vegetarian

Pickled Green Tomatoes & The Butcher and the Vegetarian


This year’s tomato track record isn’t all that bad yet and we’re immediately jumping on the pickling band-wagon. The current tomato plant count is 4 out of 20 died due to disease, which is much less than what we suffered last year.  In 2009, the whole nation suffered a tomato crisis where a late blight hammered many crops and home gardens.

Some tomatoes are more disease resistant than others, so with fingers tightly crossed, were thinking that the dead plants were the weaker varieties.

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Mango Salsa Recipe & Garden Roses Haircut

As promised, “Voila!” the mango salsa recipe that toppled over our teriyaki burger post a few days ago. And we’re thrilled that we actually wrote about it, as promised, considering how behind we’ve been on everything else! The office is a mess, the bathrooms need cleaning and we have 2 other projects behind schedule, but at least we wrote out the mango salsa recipe!

The feeling of accomplishment is sincerely overwhelming.

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Vietnamese Style Pickled Carrots from Eating Local Cookbook


I’ve fully embraced the fact that I’m addicted to salt and crunchies. To preen me away from a jar of anything picked is like separating a mother bear from her cub. Please don’t get between me and my precious jar of pickled vegetables. Just don’t even think of going there. OK?

With that submission to salt made clear, I’m blaming it all on my Vietnamese heritage because I pretty much started at birth (once I moved to solids) to eating pickled foods as part of my meals. »

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Roasted Cipollini Onions in Thyme

Fingers crossed, in WORC garden there will be an onion bumper crop in a few months, without all the onion breath. Plenty of Walla Walla sweets are coming up ever-so-cutely in the garden and we’re excited, it’s hard to resist not yanking them out of the dirt too early during their growing season.

If you’ve never had a sweet onions of any kind, you’re living in a culinary cave! Yes, onion-haters, there are many wonderful varieties of sweet onions that are very mild on the »

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Video – Spring Garden 2010. Welcome.

Video – Spring Garden 2010. Welcome.

Happy belated Earth Day. Here’s an invitation to our garden in Spring. Welcome to our green sanctuary.

 

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