Saturday, May 27, 2017

Chocolate-Free, Dairy-Free Chocolate Milkshake

I invented this "Chocolate Milkshake" that contains neither chocolate or milk when I was feeling envious of a regular chocolate milkshake.  We think it is surprisingly good.

2 frozen bananas
3 T Peanut Butter Powder
2 T Carob Powder
Ice/Water to right consistency and to dilute intensity of other flavors (I think I use about 1 cup of ice cubes and 1/4 c water, but really never paid enough attention)

Blend and enjoy!

Harvested Worm Castings, Compost and Castings to Plants, & Visitors

The worms love the start of melon season.  Nothing like watermelon rinds to get them overproducing. Since they seemed to be running out of space, we harvested the completed castings and I put them under the peach, apple and valencia trees.  I also gave some to the miniature roses and a potted plant on the from patio for bug control, which seemed to work well last time.  The fruit trees also got the last of our finished regular compost from the last compost cycle.

Over Mother's Day weekend, we had family visiting us.  I was so glad to have my Mom and Step-Dad here to celebrate Mother's Day.  We went for an outing to the community garden.  My Mom and the kids kept busy trimming the flowers from the cosmos I as pulling out so we had a beautiful bouquet.  The cosmos reduction in the box was part of the normal cycle there.  It self-seeds and is beautiful, but as it takes over I have to pull it to make room for the tomatoes, green beans, kale, carrots, etc.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Spring Update

Spring is here!

Community Garden: I've continued to rip out the broccoli at the community garden.  The bean seeds are sprout well.  Some tomato starts are struggling.  The cucumber and carrots are sprouting minimally.  Likely the seed is too old.  I dug out some cosmos from the garden box and brought it home to enjoy here.

Around home: The Mr. says he wants more flowers in our yard, which we've done very little with since moving in.  So I bought a dahlia this week and added that with cosmos to a prominently placed pot in the backyard.  Also, there was this old, scraggly and sad poinsettia plant in a pot in a fake well decoration that I was sick of looking at.  The location is tough due to water issues.  Now I'm trying some succulents in there.  We'll see how that works.

I'm loving the apple tree blossoms in the front yard that we walk past multiple times daily.

These little freesia are blooming in a spot we see out our back windows.

Many of our potted plants I topped off with finished compost.  Some I planted seeds in, including some Super Snow White Cherry seeds I'd saved from 2012.  It was an incredibly sweet and flavorful cherry.  I doubt those old seeds will sprout, but its worth a try.

I also put Basil in a pot and some flowers, including these Bachelor Buttons, Carnations and a Black Eyed Susan, which I'm hoping will vine up a tomato cage.

We've had a heck of a time this winter with first DS, then DD, then DH getting pneumonia.  I'm grateful to say that no one currently has pneumonia or is on antibiotics.  Everyone is on probiotics, though!

Friday, February 3, 2017

Community Garden update

Today at the community garden, I harvested the last of the summer tomatoes before ripping out the vines.  The kale is still going.  I harvested some BIG broccoli and broccoli leaves for sauteing.  Then I added 2 bags of chicken manure and one of steer manure and turned it into the soil.  I planted carrot seeds in a small area.  The rest is ready for planting soon, when I get to it. I think I need some beets going in soon.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Fertilized Citrus and Lawn

At home the rains have stopped for now, so I took the opportunity to use citrus fertilizer on the valencia, peach, pomegranate and apple trees.  I also fertilized the back lawn.  I've been using worm tea regularly on the bougainvillea and pomegranate as well.  The worm castings I used months ago in a potted plant on the front porch seems to have halted the white fly.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Harvested Worm Castings

At home, we harvested the worm castings from our vermicomposter.  I used the castings in a pot near the front door that had some white fly problems, plus gave some to the roses, apple tree, valencia, and peach.  Giving the worm tea regularly to the roses seems to keep at bay the bugs that want to eat it.  I also gave a good dose of fish emulsion to the struggling bougainvillea on the west side.

At the community garden, I continue to harvest kale, tomatoes, yellow crookneck squash, and green beans.  I really should remove the tomatoes to make room for fall planting, but I hate to do it when I'm still getting fruit off them.  Having put in more chicken manure, steer manure, and bags of coffee grounds recently really gave things a second wind.  The yellow crookneck was from a mixed seed pack that in theory had zucchini and pattypan as well, but none of those came up.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Fertilized Community Garden

I've had a fabulous harvest of tomatoes that are now petering out.  The green beans have been a small quantity, but ongoing.  Today I pulled the bulk of the remaining carrots, plus a beet, and some kale for dinner.  Once in the last month, I went out to the community garden at night to hunt for hornworms.  My friend and I found only one, but what it lacked in numbers it made up for in size.  I think it ate the competition.  We also found two chrysalises.  Contrast that to a hunt for similar at home where we found about 16 on three plants!

Since I could see bare soil here and there again, today I spread 2 bags of composted chicken manure and 1 bag of composted steer manure in the community garden.  Makes for happy plants but stinky soil.

At home, a plumeria I got as a cutting about 2 or 3 years ago is blooming beautifully.  We stick our noses in its flowers each time we pass.  It is still in the pot I stuck it in when it was a bare branch.  I hope to plant it sometime soon, since it seems to be happy in its spot.  It is slightly under an overhang of the house, which I hope will shelter it from future frosts.