Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
seed savers when we were in iowa, and were excited to grow our picks. even in chicago we had seed trays and fluorescents. this year was no exception. we have been saving seeds, and grow more and more of our own starts each year - it's frugal, it's practical, and it's fun! this year our tomatoes were looking sharper than ever, but the unusual excess of rain, a toasty day, and our lack of fencing (dogs!) hurt them a bit. we bought one plant for a back-up, although marc was sure the others would come back. we now have nine tomato plants. i have canning jars ready and i'm excited to make sauce, salsa, and whatever i can! ha! last summer i made jam for the first time.
strawberry spinach. this is the first time we've had success starting it (and the seeds are at least three years old now!). what's that they say? try, try again! this variety makes 'mulberry-like' edible berries and has nutritious leaves too. it's planted in front of our strawberries.
and sharing too - are you in?)!
radishes are also a new crop for us. we eat the greens too. yum.
this contest seemed like a perfect opportunity. i didn't have my thoughts together when kyce hosted a garden party, and i thought there might be more (and you thought this was long!). this gardening thing - it's never finished, always growing, changing. and so are we. each year we've learned a bit more. to really pay attention to the sun, to further enrich the soil, to give the plants room and consistent water. to give the seedlings air, to transplant them into bigger containers, and to move the lights closer. above all, i want to say, go for it! try it out! don't be discouraged when your peas rot in the ground - next year you could be swimming in them! and when your artichoke dies, go ahead and run out to buy another if you can. each year provides endless opportunities for growth.
Monday, July 12, 2010
i've had this lovely baby yarn on hand for making gifts, but i've only used it a few times. and in all honesty, i don't think i ever will again. (i'm just a bulky knitter, what can i say?)
Sunday, July 11, 2010
that's it! next is the hair - i use crochet for that part too. you'll be on your own for clothes though, i just trace and test! please feel free to comment or e-mail me with questions.
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
it looks like i have a lot to share from some sunny days! here's what's been on our line: