Thursday, March 19, 2009

Hooray For Gardens!

A quick note to say that my snap peas are planted and HOORAY -- the Obamas are breaking ground for a South Lawn veggie garden!!

Friday, March 6, 2009

The Well-Amended Garden

A couple hundred pounds of coffee grounds, buckets and buckets of cow manure, and a couple garbage bags of grass clippings later and I have garden beds that almost look like decent soil for plants to live in! The one closest to the camera has had the most attention because it will soon get lettuce seedlings. The other three (one's not really in the picture) are better after today's addition of close to a hundred pounds of grounds and only one of them will be planted any time soon because our night temperatures are still pretty cold (29F tonight). One of them will get peas on St Patrick's Day and I'm looking forward to that because the seeds are big enough for Little Girl to really handle and plant.

Little Girl loves the garden. We had a nice warm day this week that brought some of the insects out of hiding. A beetle was nosing around the coffee grounds and LG decided it must like coffee. So wherever the poor beetle went for the next ten minutes, LG kept sprinkling it with coffee grounds if it wasn't already on top of some.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

The Winter Of Soups Continues

This winter has been all about soup and although spring is most definitely peeking around the corner, we still have cold nights, so soup's still on the menu. Little Girl is very fond of mushrooms, so the cream of mushroom soup from Moosewood's Daily Specials cookbook has been getting a lot of play for the past couple months. I've played with additions to the soup to round out the meal. We've had garlic-rubbed ciabatta slices crisped in the oven -- those were very tasty. This particular night, we had cheese tortellini. Also tasty.

Tonight's meal is pizza with oil-cured olives and mushrooms (with a little feta and lots of red pepper flakes on the part Little Girl isn't eating), a salad, and a mixed berry and cherry crisp for dessert. Trader Joe's used to have frozen cherries that were gorgeous, but last time I went to buy them, they weren't in the freezer anymore. In their place was a mix of raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, and cherries. Very nice product. Little Girl loves her veggies, but isn't so big on fresh fruit. She'll eat these, though, and I just make sure the crisp topping has lots of rolled oats and not a lot of sugar.

In other news, my garden fencing is complete and two of the four beds are turned, sufficiently bulked up with manure, grass clippings, and coffee grounds (thank you, Starbucks!), and ready to plant.