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It’s Garden Lust Time!!

Hello Friends,

Today I am feeling giddy thinking about the seeds I purchased on Sunday. I also picked up seed starter soil, cell flats and some vermiculite. I decided I wanted to buy seeds this year to diversify my garden. I still have plenty of seeds that I have saved that I will use this spring, however I could not resist the seed catalog!

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A list of the newbies:
Blue Hubbard Winter Squash
Andover OG Parsnips
DeLuxe Lettuce Mix OG
Watercress Cresses
Roodnerf Brussels Sprouts
Kale Mix
Cosmonaut Volkov OG Tomatoes
Black Prince OG Tomatoes
Gardeners Sweetheart OG Cherry Tomatoes
Elecampane OG Elecampane
Winter Savory Winter Savory
White Yarrow Achillea
Love-Lies-Bleeding Amaranth
Butterfly Weed
Autumn Beauty Mix OG Sunflowers
Mammoth Grey Stripe Sunflowers
State Fair Mix Zinnias
Beneficials Flower Mix
Cutflower Mix

And of course I have the usual standbys:
Kabocha Squash
Calabasa
Peas
Acorn Squash
Butternut Squash
Borage
Calendula
Peppers
Swiss Chard
Collard Greens

Looks like I will need to fill my calendar with seed starting dates. I also plan to start expanding the beds into the back of yard as I would like to have more of a botanical garden in the yard than just a lot of grass. That’s where a lot of those herbs and flowers will go.

What seeds are you lusting after this season?

Fall on the Mind

Yesterday I spent the day weeding and going through my seeds. I took an inventory of what I have that’s gone to seed and started to collect the seeds. 
borage seeds
We have radish seeds, borage seeds, pea seeds, collards seeds, kale seeds and calendula seeds. I’ve also already collected sage and spinach seeds.
 
calendula seeds
I love the feeling of knowing that I planted something and it has given me more abundance than just the fruit.
 
radish pods
Although this Yarrow was given to me by another gardener my intention is to spread it around other corners of the yard.
 
golden yarrow
This brings me to the gist of my post, I know we’re still in July and just coming off of a heat wave (apparently one that broke several heat records) but I’m really thinking about the fall. I’m starting to plan my fall planting. While this isn’t the first time I try to plant for fall, this will be the first time that I try to be organized about it.
 
So I cleared out a few spots and now I have to do a bit of research to see when and what goes in. So far I know that my peas can go back in late July or early August. I wonder if the fall greens can go in then, we have plenty of kale and collard seeds to test it out. Also my large Italian chard is going to seed so I will be collecting those soon. Hopefully it will be as easy as collecting the spinach seeds.
 
I have also decided that I won’t buy any more echinacea seeds since I should be able to gather them myself
 
 
Ditto for my beloved zinnias
 
The change in the season will not only bring a new crop but will also bring a new lifestyle for me.  A new path on my journey that I am very excited about. 

Garden Update

I’m very happy with how the garden is going, we are at the end of June and have been harvesting asparagus, peas, herbs and tons of greens. The Florida like weather has been helping – sun all day a bit of rain in the afternoon. A lot of our flowers are also blooming. And the first of the tomatoes, squashes and cucumbers are coming out.


Let’s see what we have…

I love having the echinacea, I’m not sure what to do with it if anything, it’s buzzing with tons of bees.

The calendula patch is also buzzing with activity 

I also enjoy having lots of zinnias, I planted them in two beds this summer. I also have cosmos, those haven’t bloomed yet.

This year our nasturtium came in, last year they didn’t do so well. I think the mild spring had something to do with it.

And the sunflowers are oh so close to blooming! I don’t know if my mammoth ones will get to bloom this year, lesson learned: those seeds need to be protected from the birds if you’re direct sowing outdoors.


Now to the veggies…

Our tomatoes have really taken off

We see a few fruits coming.

We also have our first cucumber

And the beginnings of a summer squash.

Our beans are also looking lovely.

Unfortunately, our peas have run their course – so I will plant something else in that spot – not sure what yet.


Over the weekend I made a new dish that I thought I would share with you, the photo is not so great and I ate it up before checking and retaking the photo…


Potato Scramble

This is a take on the traditional Tofu Scramble except I didn’t have any tofu so I used up some potatoes we had.
 
4 – 5 Medium Potatoes Diced
1/2 Onion Chopped
2-3 Cloves garlic Chopped
3 -4 Tbsp Tofu Scramble Spice Mix  – I use the one in Dr Barnard’s Reversing Diabetes book there are tons online.
Leafy Greens and fresh herbs of your choice – amount up to you, 4 cups is good
Tofu Pups or Vegan Sausage Chopped (optional)
1 Cup Water or Veggie Broth
 
Place the potatoes in a large saucepan fill with enough water to cover. boil for about 15 min until just soft. drain the water and put back in the pan to pan cook them with garlic and onions (saute everything if using oil) put the spice mix on them and cook for a few more minutes. If you’re not using oil add more water or broth if the pan as the pan gets dry. When the potatoes are nice and coated add your greens, herbs and any pups if using plus add some more broth or water cover and let cook for 5 minuets or until your veggies are a bright green and your pups are warmed through.