MidSeason Update - Aug 20

Zone 4b/5a.  Weather past week rainy and cooler than average.  Season overall, volatile swings in temperature and dry. Commence Lessons Learned.

Personal Data Porn - Weight Loss

I have, at different intervals in my lifetime so far, attempted and succeeded to lose weight.  My weakness and where I research for help is keeping weight off and breaking the one plateau I've had, not losing weight.  I love data, lists and tracking.  My most successful diets were also the diets where I meticulously and obsessively tracked multiple variables.  Tracking keeps my head in the game and just as importantly, gives me data to help my attempts to lose weight be more successful.  Some people loath the busy-work of tracking and won't ever crack open a notebook or a weight loss app.

Game of Thrones Reddit subreddit hits one million subscribers.

One of my favorite reddit boards.  When you put the minds of thousands of GoT viewers in one place, each trying to out easter egg hunt the other, the result is a giftbag of forgotten details I could hunt through for days. Literally, take a look at the comment numbers for the episode, after episode and day after episode discussion threads.  It's a GoT safespace, where nobody is going to whine about sharing a scene from the episode, spoiling it for them.  Spoiler threads are clearly marked and episode discussion is exactly what it should be, damn episode discussion.  Join in, for sure!

Garden Drudgery - CHORES

You couldn't drag me out of the yard in the spring.  That's the way of things when you suffer through months-long winters.  Every little excuse to be outside is a good one, in the springtime.  Take a picture of the first crocus?  Of course, and twenty of them, for good measure.  Digging up 60 feet of yard for new garden?  Where do I sign up?

Garden Update August 1 - Melrose Pepper Harvest!

Will alternate text type for each update so no need to reference prior post for growth history. Reducing clicks on a website, yeah, it's crazy!  Order of plants by harvest, first first, once harvest is done for over a week, will place at bottom of the list. 

Zone 4/5  Recent Weather, past week - Very little rainfall and slightly higher than average temperatures this past week. Growing season overall dry.

Garden Update July 27 - Over 200 Baby Tomatoes

Will alternate text type for each update so no need to reference prior post for growth history. Reducing clicks on a website, yeah, it's crazy!  Order of plants by harvest, first first, once harvest is done for over a week, will place at bottom of the list. 

Zone 4/5  Recent Weather, past week - Very little rainfall and slightly higher than average temperatures this past week. Growing season overall dry.

Where do your nutrients come from? Garden Nutrition

The garden is an alphabet of macro and micro nutrients, from vitamin A to zinc.  One of my favorite things to do as a parent is to use family dinner hour as quiz time.  My children can tell you which vegetables are high in beta carotene or low in vitamin C.  For parents who home school or use their living environment as a learning environment, I have shared a link to a chart that gives a visual breakdown of the nutrients of a harvest basket's worth of garden goodies.  Click the link below to view the chart!

Indian Chicken Masala with Garden Peas

I am late to the loving Indian food game.  The first Indian dish I ate, I made.  Too recently to admit publicly.  Afterward, I went to a local Indian restaurant of good regard and tried the cuisine, cooked by people raised in the region.  I nailed it, proud of myself to a ridiculous degree. My recipe has the most heat of any recipe I have ever enjoyed.  If you are used to the heat of some Indian dishes, please feel free to increase the cayenne powder to 1 teaspoon and a half.

Garden Update July 18. First Yellow Pear Tomato!

Will alternate text type for each update so no need to reference prior post for growth history. Reducing clicks on a website, yeah, it's crazy!  Order of plants by harvest, first first, once harvest is done for over a week, will place at bottom of the list. No plants purchased this past week.  Amazing, I know.

Zone 4/5  Recent Weather, past week - Very little rainfall and high temperatures this past week. Growing season overall dry.

My Peppers for 2017

I have provided links to the peppers I am growing this year.  I will update this list at the end of season, rating the peppers and identifying my favorites.  Currently. my favorite pepper is Melrose.  Note 2018:  Plant in alphabetical order to cover ass if tags fade or go missing.

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