Posts filed under ‘Gardening’
I have always loved horseradish. I have some growing in my garden, but I have it in a giant container and it isn’t doing too well. It will have to go in the new garden when it is ready. My root is quite young, so I bought some at that Farmer’s Market. Grating the horseradish will provide sinus relief if you happen to be suffering a cold.
- 1 generous cup of horseradish root, grated
- 4 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
Mix together and eat on your favourite sandwich, with a bison roast, with your favourite burger, or even with roasted sweet potato fries. I keep this in the fridge for a week (if it lasts that long).
I couldn’t wait any longer. I had to see what what my potato plants were doing under the dirt. I dug some up on the weekend and ate them straight away. I scrubbed, sliced and steamed them and sauteed them in a little butter and onions.
What a summer it was. I’m not sure how I feel about it really; happy it’s over, but sad at the same time, and feeling a bit guilty because I really do love summer, but I’m happier it’s over more than sad. A lot has transpired in our home and our house. The house has undergone so much transformation that I can’t even begin to describe it. My yard has been an eyesore for too long now, but I’m certain it won’t take long to get back together and it has to be done before the snow flies. The piles of stuff have killed the grass on the sunny side of the house, which has now presented itself as an opportunity to create a large vegetable garden… or at least that is what we are thinking. I’m worried about too large a garden even though I dream of growing enough organic roma tomatoes to make a slew of pasta sauce because this summer I learned that I have a fracture on my spine that will be with me for the rest of my days. I’m working to strengthen my back so that I can continue to garden, but my back needs time to heal and grow stronger. I’ll probably put the garden in anyway and cut back on other things, but not the bees.
We are getting ready to harvest our second batch of honey and then we will be helping the hive prepare for winter. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that they make it through the winter. Keeping bees has been a unique learning experience… our hive was healthy – too healthy, it swarmed, the remaining bees that were left behind created a brand new, healthy queen. Despite the swarm which meant a three week lull in honey production while the new queen hatched, mated and started laying brood (essentially starting over), we managed to extract about 40 pounds of honey so far. I suspect there is another 20 pounds still available for us… with enough left for the bees.
I planted a few more wild flowers in my flower beds this summer for the local bees (mine live too far away to forage at my house) and butterflies.
I made a giant batch of dill pickles with my mom and sister. We had quite the system going and were done in record time. Unfortunately, I we made the pickles at the peak of my back issues and was in agony for two days after, but I have a lot of pickles to show for it. Maybe this is something I can cut back on next year… but I still want to make sauce… dilemma.
We took a short trip to NYC. My husband had to go for work so we tagged along and I saw NCY through the eyes of a 4 year old. I highly recommend this.
We grew some veggies. We did some crafting. We started Jr. Kindergarten. We started university. We baked. We installed central air.
Now that summer is almost over, I’m happy autumn is almost here. I have a lot of fun projects and outings planned provided my back lets me. We may even finish the hallway…
A couple weeks ago… maybe three, a nice elderly fella stopped by and asked me about my giant hibiscus plant in my front garden. He wanted to know what it was called. This is a special hibiscus plant. My grandfather grew it from seed. He grew many of these plants and I was a very happy recipient of one about six years ago. I promptly planted my hibiscus in my front garden and it has done very well there. I wish I had a picture to show it to you in full bloom. It is such a show stopper that we’ve actually have a car accident in front of the house when it was in bloom. I heard the person who caused the accident say that they were looking at the plant. I promise to take a picture later this summer to show you the size of the flowers. Anyway, I told this kind gentleman of 83 to come back in a couple weeks and I would dig him up a piece. I finally saw him again today and I had a plant ready for him. He came back later to collect his plant, and he brought with him a jar of homemade pasta sauce. He said, in his thick Italian accent “I givea you de sauce. I give no one de sauce.” I think I may have acquired something good here and such a treat too. I was going to just give him some of my plant… I will let you know how de sauce tastes tomorrow, but it sure looks good… look at all that basil and garlic.
Every year I like to give my daughter’s daycare teachers something special at Christmas. They work hard and they truly love what they do (or at least they never show when they are having a bad day). Two years ago I put a small collection of cookie recipes together for them and self published it along with some pictures of my daughter at Lulu.com. This past year, I took it one step further and self-published a small collection of vegetarian recipes that I cooked up all by myself that were inspired by our small vegetable garden (even though its first year was a bit dismal). This time around I used Blurb. It was a fun project and if you would like to purchase a copy you can. I wasn’t going to put it up for sale, but the healthy goodness in this book should be shared… that and a couple people have asked me if they could buy a copy, so I thought I would go for it.