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Spring Harvest Begins

April 14th

Garden update

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Garden update

Garden update

Garden update

Garden update

Garden update

Garden update

I used a handful of onions and garlic from this batch in the crockpot this week for chicken stew. I’m going to use the beets for this, although it looks horrific to me — it was requested. Anyone ever eat pickled beets and eggs?

~K

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The April Garden Grows

April 10th

Garden Update

 

Garden Update

Garden Update

Garden Update

Garden Update

 

Garden Update

 

Also, Fozzie is visiting this week and Nelson is in heaven. The poor pepper plants on the back patio are not as happy Fozzie is visiting this week.

~K

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The Squash Are Taking Over

April 1st

Check out this garden box:

March garden

March garden

March garden

March garden

I think we are going to have enough squash to feed an army. And mercifully, the leaves have grown so large, they are shading the carrots, which could use the help. I’m hoping the baby tomatoes will still make it. The peas are climbing like Jack.

~K

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The Garden Groweth

March 26th

Garden Update

 

Onions

Garden Update

 

Garlic

 

Garden Update

 

Baby broccoli

Garden Update

 

Beets

Garden Update

 

That broccoli I let go to seed (kinda pretty, really)

Garden Update

 

Leeks, which are not flourishing. I think it’s too warm.

 

Garden Update

 

Peas and beans climbing the trellis

Garden Update

 

Random herbs Finny sent me to help bring bees and good insects to the garden

Garden Update

 

Tomato blooms, which might be my very favorite scent on earth. So many heirloom varieties this year!

 

Garden Update

 

Random head of lettuce I didn’t plant. Thanks seed companies!

Garden Update

 

Brussels sprouts, which are covered in aphids. $16 in lady bugs later, I’m just going to rip these babies out. I think they were planted too late an didn’t get enough cold weather.

Garden Update

 

Kale. The true forest of kale we have eaten this year. Mama mia.
Garden UpdateBaby pumpkins. There are also baby sunflowers growing strong. It has been a fun season!

At J’s house, we have a whole different batch of crops going wild – namely zucchini. I see lots of breads and stir fry in our early summer future.

~K

 

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Saving the Sunshine

March 16th

Raftriver Marmalade

I spent some time this weekend trying to save the sunshine — preserving broccoli and citrus. Much like the lore I’ve read in garden magazines about folks in the Midwest hiding zucchini in neighbor’s homes and cars to JUST BE RID OF IT ALREADY!, citrus piles up in Arizona come March. There are free boxes in the driveways along my neighborhood. I came into work last week to find two huge bags abandoned on my desk. We also picked the orange tree bare this weekend. (They go bad if they fall to the ground, and draw bugs.)

What to do with 30 pounds of citrus well after you’ve lost interest in eating a grapefruit at every meal?

Saving the sunshine

Saving the sunshine

Saving the sunshine

Saving the sunshine

Those cubes of lemon juice are delightful in an afternoon gin and tonic, and great for cooking. How many times do you buy one overpriced lemon for the fresh juice required in a recipe? The zest I’ll save for baking. I also juiced a bunch of oranges and grapefruit and froze them in Mason jars for an upcoming brunch.

Saving the sunshine

Tangy, slushy grapefruit juice is delightfully refreshing on a hot Arizona day.

Saving the sunshine

We’ve eaten so much broccoli over the last few weeks. I took what was remaining in the garden and blanched a bunch of it for future stir fry and soup.

Saving the sunshine

Saving the sunshine

Saving the sunshine

This week, I’ll make more marmalade from the remaining oranges and see about preserving some of the kale still growing like a hormonal teen — awkward limbs and all. Soon the tomatoes, beets, onions, garlic and peas will be in. For now, the tiny yellow flowers have me dreaming of salads, marinara and pizza.  The sunflowers and pumpkins are ready to sprout too.

It is certainly a very happy time of year at homestead.

~K

 

 

 

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Garden to Table

March 11th

We’ve been eating out of the garden lately:

Eating from the garden

This recipe for crockpot short ribs is out of this world. Next time I’ll use less sugar and more cayenne — but this one is a keeper. We have more kale and broccoli right now than we can consume (and the bunny is still too young to eat greens.) So, we are eating a lot of roasted broccoli and kale caesar salads with homemade dressing.

Eating from the garden

Eating from the garden

By the time the greens are done, the tomatoes and carrots should be in. The onions, garlic and beets are about ready for harvest. Sunflowers and pumpkins were planted earlier this week in time for the May-June heat.

My home may not be large, but I am enjoying making use of every inch possible of outdoor space before it gets sweaty around here.

{Thanks again to Finny for the inspiration!}

~K

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How does your garden grow?

February 27th

I know most of the United States is blanketed by snow. But these are the halcyon days of living in the desert — the smug days. The days of glory and sandals and walking around without sweating.

And also — the days when things grow outside in the sun.

Garden update

Garden update

Garden update

 

These are the days of broccoli and tomatoes. These are the days of kale and Brussels sprouts. These are the days of rambling gardening updates and happiness whenever I walk in and out of my home.

~K

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Reach

February 24th

Spring fling

The plum trees bloom in the desert.

~K

 

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Garden Update

February 4th

The veggie garden grows

 

We’ve had a delightful amount of rain in the last week. The garden soaked up every drop, and things are green and blooming this week. Even those transplanted volunteer tomato starts have taken root and are blooming:

The veggie garden growsYay! Their younger siblings are taking root too, reaching for the sunlight. One more week until I venture to transplant a few of these into the earth (within their peat pots):

The veggie garden grows

The veggie garden grows

 

The beets are sprouting.

 

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The leeks are too.

The veggie garden grows

 

And the beans are growing, climbing toward the trellis:

The veggie garden grows

Makes my happy little heart swell with joy. I can’t wait to see how this all works out!
~K

 

 

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A Garden Grows

January 26th

I asked for a garden bed for Christmas. This weekend, we worked on it together.

W Garden

W Garden

W Garden

W Garden

W Garden

W Garden

W Garden

W Garden

W Garden

With rain in the forecast this week, I think this little garden will have plenty of good luck.

Now, off to do something with the trees full of citrus. I’m thinking marmalade. And drafting plans for a pantry to shelve all the future garden preserves.

~K

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