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Garden Update

I figured it was about time I gave you guys a garden update.

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This spring I didn’t have a chance to get my seeds started early so I pretty much planted as late as I ever have. As I was telling my friend Nelson, who does an awesome job running the Metuchen Farmer’s Market, my gardening philosophy is to take whatever I have and throw it in the ground…

So here’s what has come up

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Kabocha Squash

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Kale and Mystery Squash

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Tomatoes

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Tomatoes

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Borage

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Calendula

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Asparagus

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“Permaculture”

I also have these wild flower looking weeds that have really come in, thanks to my lack of weeding and making it more of a “permaculture” type plot. If anyone knows what these are please let me know!

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Mystery Flowers

What do you have growing in your garden??

LIEBSTER AWARD:

I want to thank my friend Charanya from Yes I’m Vegan ūüôā¬†for nominating me. Below are the rules and questions to answer:

Rules for this award:

  • Thank and link back the person who presented the award to you.
  • Have the award on your post.
  • Answer the questions that has been asked.
  • Award the same to other upcoming blogs.

Charanya’s Questions

  1. What’s your favorite cuisine? Too many! Middle Eastern Maybe
  2. What would be the last meal you will love to eat? Something Indian or Falafel
  3. What is your favorite vege? Changes every day!
  4.  Do you watch Game of Thrones? Yes, though I am behind but have read through book 5
  5.  If you are vegan, why? If not, do you think you could be one for few days? at first it was fr health reasons but as I did more research my reasons became more ethical and environmental
  6.  Is there anything your life wont be the same without? Nope not really
  7.  What’s your favorite movie? Too many to name! I love bad movies!!
  8.  Is there any color you loved as a kid? Green, now my fave is red
  9.  Is there anything you would change in your life if life had a rewind button?
  10.  Do you own an iphone or an android? iPhone
  11. 3 words that could describe you: Passion, Loyal, Independent

My nominees are:

1. Vegan Flavorista
2. Earthpages.org
3. A Lazy Girl Goes Green
4. Veganomics
5. The Novice Gardener
6. Vegan Muffin Woman
7. Epicurean Vegan

My questions are:

1. What is your favorite book?
2. What gets you up in the morning?
3. What color best describes you?
4. What do you do for fun?
5. If you could make one thing in the world right, what would that be?

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.¬†
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We have radish seeds, borage seeds, pea seeds, collards seeds, kale seeds and calendula seeds. I’ve also already collected sage and spinach seeds.
 
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I love the feeling of knowing that I planted something and it has given me more abundance than just the fruit.
 
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Although this Yarrow was given to me by another gardener my intention is to spread it around other corners of the yard.
 
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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 Рso I will plant something else in that spot Рnot 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.¬†