First let’s be positive and grateful: Groundhogs seem to not like squash and zucchini… PLANTS at least.
We’ll see when they actually start to fruit 😅
Negative post coming next… 🤬
And we gots GARLIC SCAPES! 🌱Heyyyyyyyyooooooooo!
Two days ago I literally Googled “why isn’t my garlic making scapes?”
Being a first time garlic grower, I wasn’t sure, but intuitively it felt like things were a little behind.
But after researching, it seems that it’s just been a weird year and everything is just behind.
Cuz then the next day I came outside and no word of a lie, the scapes had begun. (A lesson in patience?!)
And then today I harvested these!
Soooooo excited to harvest the actual garlic bulbs in a few weeks.
But for now, garlic scape pesto, anyone? 😊
Woke up sick today… 🤧
So, bone broth noodle soup, that’s what.🍲
Fortunately I already had some bone broth simmering from Monday night’s whole crockpot chicken, so I tossed in some rice+millet noodles (some? Ok like a whole lot because I am a carb monster when I’m sick), some toasted fresh garlic (those brown bits), fresh diced green onion and an over-easy egg.
Inspired by pho+ramen+my style, this ain’t your mama’s chicken soup but it has all the essential healing elements and it’ll sure do.
Who got me sick, you ask? 😷
Well, someone who very recently celebrated a big birthday + last name ends in double letters 🙋♂️😆
Welp, add this little 🤬 to my list of garden troubles…
All the leaves completely eaten off my cabbages and the heads off ALLL my sunflowers now 😫
Now they’re all just sad little sticks.
He’s been back 4 times today and I couldn’t figure out where he was coming from but I think I found it.
To be fair, if I were a groundhog, I’d be in my garden too…😅
Pak Choy— #itswhatsfordinner 🌱
Well, it WAS what was for dinner, last night.
Last night we ate a pastured crockpot cooked chicken with fresh herbs from the garden (chives, rosemary, thyme), smashed organic red potatoes with coconut cream, butter, and more herbs from the garden (rosemary, chives, thyme) and this beautiful pak choy, freshly harvested from the garden and gently sautéed in some of the chicken drippings.
As it gets closer and closer to summer and my plants pop, I’m incorporating more and more of my garden into my meals and I LOVEEEEE ITTTT 🙌🏼✨
Ok so no one will ever be as excited about composting as me and that’s ok but I had to share my latest addition to the family— my @joracomposters tumbling composter!! 👏🏼✨
I’ve been using a dumpy @cityofto plastic black composter for a couple years now. It broke in multiple places and I had to, literally block in the the front of it with BRICKS to prevent raccoons from getting in there and making a giant mess.
So every time I needed access to mature compost, I would have to remove about 10 bricks and then shovel my butt off😆.
But I UPGRADED🙌🏼 and now have this insulated, animal-proof tumbling compost that is easy to both fill and empty when it matures. It’s metal + insulated, so it keeps the compost hot (so it matures faster) and can be used throughout the winter. It doesn’t stink whatsoever and it looks sexy. Plus it feels like I’m spinning a Bingo drum when I spin it and that’s fun. “G-16, G-16”😝
If you don’t know much about compost, composting is going full circle with your garden; turning spent organic waste into gourmet food for plants. Compost is a garden’s best friend. It’s full of all the nutrients that plants need to thrive, it mulches and regulates soil moisture and is also an amazing way to recycle spent garden waste, food waste and yard waste.
I assembled this composter last week and just started using it.
If you can’t tell, I’m pretty excited about it.
It I were Oprah, this would FOR SURE be on my list of ‘Favorite Things’ for 2018.
Do you compost? 😁😁😁
I really don’t think I have room for all my plant babies but I’m gonna try to find it the best I can. Containers everywhere, anyone?
Feeling grateful that I seeded way too much and have extra seedlings because I’ve had to replace plantings destroyed by squirrels and raccoons multipleeee times already 🤦🏻♀️
I swear I’ve replaced this one cucumber plant that keeps being eaten or trampled 7 times! And all the tops were eaten off my sunflowers 🤬 and all the leaves off my kale and chard…
Coexisting with wildlife is just a part of the gardening gamble, though (unless ALL of your beds are caged, then it’s just coexisting with buggies🐌🐛🐜).
What are you most excited to grow this year?
MARIGOLDS: a staple in all edible gardens, in my humble opinion. 🌼🌼🌼
Not only are they #cuteAF and they bloom forevs in a variety of spectacular colour combos, but they’re also loved by pollinators and are NATURAL PEST DETERRENTS (and, rumour has it, deterrents to animals like bunnies and deer). They make a great companion plant to basically any crop in the edible garden and add that colour and pizazz to the veggie patch.
Most varieties are edible, too!
Do you interplant marigolds in your garden? 🌼🌼🌼