May 18th, 2013
|10:34 pm - Watermelon|
Has anyone ever grown watermelon vertically or trained them onto a fence? I just prepped a section in the back (that actually gets enough sun) for some edibles. I've had to get creative as my garden has lots of shade. Anyhow, it runs along a chain link fence and has a walkway, so the growing section is only about 2 feet deep and about 20 feet long. I have some watermelon starts to put in, but I was thinking that in order to make use of vertical space, staggering the plants and having every other one trellised to the fence, high enough to get it off the ground but low enough that the fruit won't have to go into slings. I hope. Has anyone done something like this and did it work out well for you?
|08:01 pm - Please Read This If You Dislike Monsanto or Certain Other Big Corporations|
I know that at least some of the people who are members of this gardening community dislike Monsanto and would avoid buying its products if they could. According to this article I found, there's a new app called "BUYCOTT that shows you a product's corporate family tree while you shop" and thus lets you avoid buying products that put money in the pockets of corporations you dislike.
(BTW: The comments section that follows this article has some interesting comments that might be worth reading too.)
Here's the name of the article and the website if you're interested:
New App Lets You Boycott Koch Brothers, Monsanto and More by Scanning Your Shopping Cart
May 17th, 2013
|09:45 pm - Chorizo, Tomatoes & Garlic Linguine|
I made this last Saturday after coming back from the car dealership in Glasgow because someone did a hit-and-run job on our car! It wasn’t badly damaged…though I can’t say the same about my pocket. Seems even the smallest dent costs an absolute fortune to fix! *Sigh* As if I’m not poor enough already. Thank goodness it doesn't cost an arm and a leg for a good home cooked meal!
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May 16th, 2013
|07:17 pm - Transplanting to outdoor containers|
I'm in a bit of a last minute scramble...I think I was avoiding this. I have a whole bunch of indoor starts (greens - kale, chard, asian mustards, spinach, lettuce) and they have been hardened off to tolerate sun during the day but come back in at night. Probably didn't need to do that but I had been anyway. I'll be traveling next week and I'm thinking of planting a bunch of them in large containers outside (will be watered via drip/sprinkler system). I live in southwestern Montana (Zone 4b) and it looks like next week's low temperatures will be low-mid 40s and high temps at mid-60 to low-70s. Showers/thunderstorms are predicted next week as well. Most of the transplants are of decent size (3-4" at least) so I'm hoping that helps too. Anyone have some sage advice/reassurances that planting a bunch of them out in containers right now will be successful? Or which ones might fare the best being planted out?
Thanks a bunch!! Happy gardening! :)
|09:25 pm - European Pine Sawfly|
I usually just watch this community and pick up advices on gardening along the way. However, just today, I had my first major gardening problem for spring. I found my dwarf mugo pine tree infested with little green worm-like pests with large, black heads. I never saw them before and neither has my mom. A quick help from Google told me that they were European Pine sawflies.My mom, who is very big on organic gardening, whipped out her book of natural pest remedies and started concocting something. And they worked. I watched the sawflies start wriggling and then just stop moving.
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|05:10 pm - Vegan Flatbread Pizza Recipe|
Last month I catered my sister in law's wedding. It was quite the challenge since they needed options all the way from Vegan to Steak and just wanted appetizers. Flatbread pizzas were the way to go! It was so fun coming up with different kinds of fancy pizzas. Here is my first installment of my Flatbread Pizzas - a Vegan Roasted Squash and Asparagus Flatbread Pizza. Even if you are a meat-eater, this is sure to satisfy your pizza cravings, while leaving the boring typical toppings behind.
For more check out my blog at: The Realistic Housewife Thanks!
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|02:00 pm - Summer Lemon Tart|
This easy lemon tart is the perfect combination of sweet and sour. The crust is buttery and slightly sweet, and the lemon curd filling is refreshing and light. It's a bit messy, but that's kind of what summer is all about.
For more pictures, and to read about what I love and hate about summer in Vancouver, head over to Leanne Bakes!
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|12:09 am - spring garden photos|
his year is very cold and late spring. All in the garden burgeon later then usually.
I put some photos of garden.
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May 13th, 2013
|07:18 pm - Butterscotch Chewy Cake - A Vintage Pillsbury Award Winner!|
A winner from a 1955 Pillsbury baking contest, this chewy, pecan filled cake is rich with butterscotch flavor. Topped with butter pecan ice cream and caramel sauce makes it a decadent and very tasty warm weather dessert!
So much more over at The Alchemist.
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