Monday, October 22, 2012
at 3:43 AM
Friday, September 14, 2012
|After removing the peel and seeds, the ripe dried loofah is used in the bath as a scrubbing sponge.|
|Loofah grows much like a cucumber. Once it reaches maturity, dry the plant and the outer skin peels away.|
This sponge is actually a gourd you grow in the garden. Once matured, the fruit can be dried and everything (skin/seeds) removed but the xylem tissues. The sponge makes an excellent natural scrubber for the bath or kitchen.
at 4:30 PM
Sunday, September 02, 2012
Thursday, August 30, 2012
|Wash your tomatoes.|
|Boil a pan of water.|
|Placing tomatoes in boiling water helps to loosen skin.|
|Score the tomato skins and then slip the skins off the tomatoes.|
|Dice the tomatoes.|
|Place in a large pan to cook and reduce.|
|About 30 minutes will reduce the tomatoes for use in recipes or for freezing.|
I've included a favorite tomato sauce recipe I like to use on spaghetti. Sometimes I add sausage or ground meat for a different twist.
My Favorite Tomato Sauce
1 cup onion
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 clove garlic, whole
3 tablespoons fresh basil
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
28 ounces diced tomatoes
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon sugar
Saute onion in olive oil until translucent (do not brown). Add basil and red pepper flakes and saute one to two minutes. Add tomatoes, tomato paste, salt, pepper and sugar. Bring to boil and then lower heat to a simmer for 30 minutes. Stir occassionally.
Serve over pasta.
at 11:07 AM
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Monday, August 27, 2012
Do not repeat your actions of 2012 and put off getting your warm weather garden planted on time. Remember how disappointed you were when you were getting your first round of ripe tomatoes in the last week of August.
With kindest regards,
California Gardener in Zone 23, 2012
There, that should take care of the chance I make that mistake again.
Finally, I have a harvest of tomatoes perched on the edge of ripeness. Two days ago, the tomatoes were the color of an orange red Crayola. After a weekend spent on the vine, hopes are high for perfectly red ripe tomatoes.
Sunday, August 26, 2012
Saturday, August 25, 2012
Last fall, I purchased a six-pack of chrysanthemums for my garden. My shovel loosened the dirt in the bed and compost amended the soil. Eagerly, I checked on the plants each week wanting them to take hold. The plants showed indifference to my wishes and languished throughout the fall. With the onset of winter, the plants forlornly sat in the dirt.
With the spring, the decision had to be made--leave the plants in the ground to see if there was a chance they would grow or pluck them from the ground to make way for another plant. Something told me to choose the former. How glad I am that I did. I stopped pinching back the small budlets which formed all summer long about two weeks ago.
Today, I am enjoying the first plants of fall, albeit a bit early.
Friday, August 24, 2012
|Evan Marks shows us a finished worm composter.|
|First add coir, then newspaper strips, slightly damp.|
|Some torn lettuce to start the composter and help the worms get a start on reproducing.|
|In go the red wigglers.|
|Top with more damp newspaper strips.|
|Sit in a tray to capture moisture from holes drilled in the bottom.|
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
|Tomato Hornworm Chewing Mouth Parts|
|Signs of the Hornworm's Presence|
Monday, July 23, 2012
|Tall Stakes and Twine Provide a Growing Area from Pole Beans|
|First Bean Plant Reaches the Top|
|At lower levels, beans are growing.|