Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Monday, March 30, 2009
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
The Seeds of Diversity, Heritage Plants Database says,
Not currently propagated by Seeds of Diversity's seed-savers.
Available from only a few mail-order seed companies. Very difficult to find.
Not maintained by the Canadian gene bank.
Maintained by the U.S. gene bank.
I'm proud to have these seeds. I hope I am able to keep this line of Awahia onions going. I want to save it's seed for next season. I hope I can do it successfully.
Here are some gnarly carrots and a few overwintered cherry tomatoes
Fig tree is in full-swing leaf production
Our brassicas: Broccoli, Cabbage, Kale, Komatsuna & Radishes
Seedling nursery: Roma Tomotoes, Romaine Lettuce, Spinach, Peppers, Basil, Green Beans, Violas, Kabocha Pumpkins, Petit Gris Melons, Sweet Alyssum, and more I can't recall right now.
Monday, March 23, 2009
"Sunshine Blue" Blueberry
Navel Orange blossoms
"Crown of Thorns"Euphorbia milii(top), Red Kalanchoes(bottom)
Shinseiki Japanese Pear Blossoms
hot pink Verbena
innocently white Freesias
hot pink Pelargoniums. Most peopl call them Geraniums
Lavenders and Orange Gerbera Daisies
I don't know what these are called, but the open a medium purple then fade to white. So each tree has different shades of purple. It's gorgeous.
Red and Yellow Sparaxis. Thanks Katie for the the identification!
deep magenta Pelargonium
orange Kafir Lilies
Friday, March 20, 2009
...and we have an early crop of Loquats coming in. Back in January, we had some flux in the weather where the temps were in the 90's and the trees thought it was spring already. So the Loquat blossomed and produced an early set. There's a second set that bloomed in early March as well and those are small fruitlets right now.
Here's a potato salad made with homegrown potatoes and parsley
More homegrown potatoes, kale and parsley in this soup.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Here's just some of the herbs I collected for making home-made "sausages". We're trying to live a more simple life, be less dependent on markets and stores. We still have a long way to go, but we were buying ready-made sausages that were 10 oz/box, costing $4.59 each and going through about 6 boxes a month. So, each ounce costs us $0.459. It may not sound like much, but add up 6 boxes and you have $27.50. I bought some ground turkey from the Co-Op, and made a 36 0z slab of patty that I cut up. Each ounce of that cost me $0.202, which is a 56% cost cut! So if I were to "buy" 6 boxes worth of my own sausages, I'd be paying $12.12. I can live with that! Sure it's more work, but any little bit of money will help, esp now-a-days.
Here's the finished "sausages" being cut up. I *could* roll the ground turkey mixture into nice little sausage shapes, but that'll take many more hours than spreading the stuff onto the sheet! I've gotta make things easy for myself since we make so much stuff from scratch already!
Monday, March 16, 2009
Here are some of the plants that have moved FROM the HH house in the front rows, the back rows are plants that are supposed to go TO the HH house to fill the spaces of the plants we dug up. Why the swap? The front row plants are all edibles, the back row plants are not.
Friday, March 13, 2009
Potatoes, lots of small ones
Monday, March 9, 2009
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Here's the backyard from one end of the yard.The white bare branches are the fig tree's. Behind it is the Navel Orange
Asian Pear Trees and Loquat Tree