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Harvest, Book Review

Harvest by Stefani Bittner and Alethea Harampolis Unexpected projects using 47 Extraordinary garden plants. About the book: A beautifully photographed, gift-worthy guide to growing, harvesting, and utilizing 47 unexpected garden plants to make organic pantry staples, fragrances, floral arrangements, beverages, cocktails, beauty products, bridal gifts, and more. Every garden–not just vegetable plots–can produce a bountiful harvest! This practical, inspirational, and seasonal guide will help make any garden more productive and enjoyable with a variety of projects using unexpected and often common garden plants, some of which may already be growing in your backyard. Discover the surprising usefulness of petals and leaves, roots, seeds, and fruit: turn tumeric root into a natural dye and calamintha into lip balm. Make anise hyssop into a refreshing iced tea and turn apricots into a facial mask. Crabapple branches can be used to create stunning floral arrangements, oregano flowers to infuse vinegar, and edible chrysanthemum to liven up a salad. With the remarkable, multi-purpose plants in Harvest, there is always something for gardeners to harvest from one growing season to the next. My Thoughts: If you’ve been following me on my Facebook page you’d see that …

How to build a (barely) raised Garden Bed

With a little more time this summer I’ve been able to get some gardening done. As you might remember from last years State of the Garden we had a raised garden bed in our backyard but I wanted to add more garden space this year. So the obvious solution was another garden bed. Because of the neighborhood I didn’t want to create an eyesore with  big beds so these are only 8 inches high instead of the 2 feet or 3 feet that I would have ideally put for a garden.  Eventually I’d like to have these 4 foot by 8 foot barely raised beds all across the back stretch of the yard. The first step is getting three 8 foot by 4 inch cedar boards. Or if you’re lucky enough to have a bigger pallet like I used for my cedar chest you can use recycled wood. Then cut one of these boards in half. From there you’ll place the boards in a rectangle with one with two sides having the 8 foot boards and the ones in-between …

Making a Fresh Garden Summer Salad

 You guys might have seen my State of the Garden last month in which I complained about not having any fruits or vegetables that were ready. Well, in less than a month that’s completely changed, and everything from the herbs, to tomatoes, and even peaches are ripe. So I decided I could put together a vegan garden salad and show you guys how I made it since it turned out so well.  The first step is getting the spinach ready. After taking it from the garden it was of course washed (it’s amazing how dirty it is), and then put in this white strainer. After getting as much water off that way, the strainer was put into the main part of the salad spinner and then I just cranked the handle. This Kuuk spinner did an amazing job and in no time I had a little arm workout and completely dry spinach. Repeated with the iceberg lettuce which was bought in store not grown in my garden.   Then it was time for the Basil. I grow …

State of the Garden June 2015

Just wanted to share a little bit about my garden with you guys. I’ve been working hard on it all spring, and I’m just now starting to see some of the vegetables getting ripe. From the top are some peppers in a bed that I made last year. They aren’t doing all that great, and I found out that might have something to do that they’re next to tomatoes, so next year they’ll have a new home.    After that a picture of some of the green tomatoes I have. I’ve been wanting fresh tomatoes so bad lately that I can’t wait for these to get ripe. After that are two pictures of fruit trees in my yard, apples and nectarines. They won’t get too big and a few will be ruined by bugs (last year it wasn’t a big deal at all) because we don’t use any sort of sprays.    In the front of my house are herbs. I’m not big on having anything but decorative plants in the front but they need …

Outfit: Chooka Rain Boots & Maintenance Gardening

 Top (similar) / Jeans / Boots c/o Chooka Just yesterday I complained about the warm weather in my Biker Inspired Outfit and now even though it’s almost June the weather seems to have reverted back to early spring. It’s cool and rainy with grey skies so I figured it was the perfect time to pull on my new Chooka rain boots and do some long overdue maintenance gardening. Oh! And if you’re wondering that white hair of mine is about two weeks old. I did some modeling for a hair show and that’s what they did to me. I’ll be sure to share all the details soon, but back to my outfit. Top – I’ve had this top for a few years now (couldn’t find it in stores but found a cute similar one) and I love it. Since it has buttons I can wear it open or closed and the sheer light green color is so feminine. I tend to wear my hair up with it, because of the strong collar.  Jeans – These jeans aren’t …

Backyard Garden July 2014

In 2012 I blogged about the drought and garden, and then did an update in 2013 on our small garden so I figured I should keep with it and post about the garden again, which as grown in size thanks to an added raised be, as well as some trees that were planted. Looking at the difference from 2012 will be huge because this year, we’ve had a nice amount of rain and not too hot weather.   Here’s one of the strawberries in a bed right next to the house. Actually for a small garden we have quite a few, I think the bed is 2 1/2 feet by 12 feet. Normally the strawberries get frozen, because if not they get mushy for some unknown reason (although this year it hasn’t been quite so bad), and then made into a sauce to go on our homemade vanilla ice-cream. The local animals, probably chipmunks also like them a lot as does my dog, so we have to go out every day and get them or else they’re …

Starting Small Garden

 Last year I blogged about my garden and this year I figured I could do the same. Not much has really changed in the size of the garden still just two 15×3 plots that have only have a few different types of plants. There is also a small fruit tree area but I’ll talk about that in a later post. I have to say that I really love having a garden because you actually know where your food is coming from. I’m still wanting to improve the garden in full but that’s a long way down the road. Tomatoes are something that we grow a lot of. They’re very hardy and everyone likes them on their salad. Last year there were enough left for canning which might happen again this year because there has been the perfect amount of sun and rain.   Now the Squash wasn’t exactly my idea to grow because it isn’t something I would eat. I guess that you can put it in different things and it is easy to grow, but if …