Posted on January 4, 2011 by therunninggarlic
My passion for gardening began long ago when I was young. Memories of planning and planting a garden still ring fresh in my mind – my garden at the back end of the yard I grew up in, the garden in my first home, the HUGE garden in our second home and all my garden adventures since. The last few years I have been experimenting more with different varieties and different methods not only out of my own curiousity but it seems more and more people are realizing the importance of gardening in our daily lives. Harvesting food for our table, sharing with others our plentiful bounty and teaching others the knowledge we acquire along the way are real benefits that can motivate us to learn more and do more! There are also the unspoken benefits of the satisfaction we find in carrying on as our ancestors did by learning basic survival skills such as planting that one seed and harvesting a crop of lettuce throughout the spring season or canning up our tomatoes and relishing in the garden taste during those long winter months.
With the whirlwind of activity and pressures of our society the basics of simple gardening are almost forgotten. Even at times the gardening world themselves put on the pressure to have the best looking tomato or the best weedfree garden on the block. It can be intimidating at times especially for those who have never gardened before since seeds don’t always sprout as we hoped and plants don’t always produce as we planned. There is no competition in growing your own garden – what works for one may not for another, what brings a smile and peace to you may not be the same for your neighbor.
My passion for gardening is an inner drive that brings me contentment and a closer understanding of the works of Mother Nature and all her wonders.
This past garden season I participated in the GROW project created by MrBrownThumb which connected garden bloggers across the country by comparing their growing progress with the same planted seed – the Nasturtium. It was very interesting and enabled us to visit different places and meet other gardeners. As a spinoff, I suggested that gardeners not only grow but also cook what they grow and share that with each other and others across the internet. With that idea in mind I set up a blog and named it Garden Dish, a Flickr group to share pictures and a group at MixingBowl where we can easily add recipes to share.
Although I set up all this a few months back, I was working on the Garden Dish blog recently trying to find the WordPress theme that would make this an easy interactive project for all of us. The current theme follows the Twitter pattern and may or may not work (inserting links was confusing). Feel free to add something to any of the above sites; recipes, pictures, links.
Any and all suggestions on a theme or an easy way to share our recipes created from the garden?
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Posted on November 8, 2010 by therunninggarlic
My quest to grow lavender started about 3 years ago when we purchased our place down south. I wanted to fill the acres of land with wonderful smelling lavender and create crafts and sell some great products. Lavender comes in many varieties and has different purposes and some are better for dried arrangements or making oils or even for cooking. It takes about 3 years to get a good harvest and I witnessed that this past year. I planted many tiny seeds way back 3 years ago and after the transplant shock and the drastic heat experienced in the new land … the harvest this past spring was actually very encouraging.
The majority of lavender I have growing is Lavender Vera while I also grew a few Grosso and Munstead.
Lavender is very easy to dry and I have noticed the Grosso is more fragrant than the Vera when dried. The Grosso grows taller and is typically easier to use in making lavender wands. While the Vera can be started by seeds the Grosso cannot – it has to be started from clippings or bought as a plant already started.
Dried lavender and sweet william above – both can be used to create crafts; wreaths, flower arrangements and little bundles to decorate gifts.
I save many seeds and dry many herbs and usually I am very good about labeling everything I save. I had some dried (what I thought was lavender) in the cabinet and had plans to add some to the Ricotta Cakes I wanted to try.
When I opened the baggie, I realized the dried herb was anise hyssop not lavender. I did use the anise hyssop and reminded myself to always label everything I save!
Ricotta cakes with anise hyssop and chocolate chips
I created a Group on Mixing Bowl called GardenDish to share recipes that we create from our garden harvest. If you have some good recipes, please do share!
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Posted on October 31, 2010 by therunninggarlic
It’s never too early to start planning your garden for next year! Now is the ideal time since you have fresh in your mind what worked well and what you want to plant more of! I am a big fan of record keeping so I can remember what worked from year to year. It’s amazing how easily it is to forget those tiny details from the summer before, so as I write my notes from this past season, I start my new list for next year! As I plan I also am keeping in mind the newest project which initially I called “GROW to Eat” after the GROW project I participated in this past season and have decided to rename to “Garden Dish”. Reason being…there is a Twitter name Grow to Eat and I don’t want to confuse them with this new undertaking I am starting. So Garden Dish it is!!! I created a blog and posted a brief explanation so folks can subscribe to the blog and keep updated on the progress of Garden Dish, ask questions (new gardeners and old gardeners), share planting ideas and pass the word around to everyone to come join the fun!
I mentioned the GROW project and last week when I was down south the Nasturtium was still growing in the container on the deck! Seeds had formed and these can be saved for planting next year. The first time I grew Nasturtium I had no idea what the seed was – it’s huge actually and there are not too many plants that seed like this (at least ones I have grown)!
I decided to start my Recipe Box at the Mixing Bowl and added the famous “Garlic Cake” recipe!!! Make sure to check it out and if you love garlic, you will have to bake up a cake …. it will definitely be the talk of your next party!!!
“I’m growing Nasturtium “Spitfire” for the GROW project. Thanks, to Renee’s Garden for the seeds.”
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