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.

Getting a Head Start - seeds 2018 - Inventory

A local hardware store had a sale.  Seed packets, normally 99 cents, were 10 cents a packet.  I admit to being a bit of a snob and look forward to trying new heirloom varieties of most of my favorite veggies; tomato, pepper, and beans and peas. I also admit to being a sucker for ten cent seed packets.  I picked up a few items that I am less picky about, a few veggies and a few more flowers.  There are rarely enough flowers.

Flowers:

Cosmos - Seashells mix

Celosia - orange peach

Salmon Sunset (30)

Cleome - baby girl pink

Harvest Garlic - Rule of Five

This is my first year harvesting my own garlic, planted last fall.  I've spend far too much time google-hunting, trying to figure out when to harvest.  Tired of getting interpretive hints (when it's half dry, or a month or two after the scape forms, for instance), I figured it out on my own. Rule of Five.  I have five different types of garlic planted, both hard and soft-neck.  I have tested and photographed my experiment and as a result, feel very confident my Rule of Five will work for most types of typical garlic bulbs found in U.S. grocery stores.

Tomatoes I Grow 2017

I grow at least Seventeen varieties of tomato this season and make notes as I go.  To see how each type is currently growing, see the most current Garden Update.  I will update and rate each tomato at the end of the season.

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I prefer rareseeds.com to any other link provided.  This list is informational, however, listed in alphabetical order, and not promotional.  I get no kickbacks, the companies linked have no idea I am linking them.  

 

Chipmunks are Chipunks

Lessons learned.  No pictures of the rodents, as I do not want to make these bastards famous.

Chipmunks have personality.  They hear you come outside for your morning meander around the grounds and run in front of you, chirping, or whatever you call that exclamation they emit when they think you are trespassing in their territory.  Sometimes, Master Chipmunk will stop, stand up, look at you and they run away to a place he/she can't be found.  Chirping, of course.  Pretty sure I know how to say "ha ha fuck you" in chipmunkese.

July 11 Garden Update - The Hillbilly is here!

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.. Don't forget to take advantage of the end-of-transplanting sales in your area.  Still a ton of Buy One Get One Free sales around here now.  Hit the Lowes clearance rack, purchased a pink begonia, pink impatien and a striking pink hibiscus, all for $5.

July 5th Garden Update

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. Don't forget to take advantage of the end-of-transplanting sales in your area.  Still a ton of Buy One Get One Free sales around here now.  We picked up some hollyhocks, which always make me smile.  A striking salmon-pink and a deep cherry red.

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