Archive for June 16th, 2004

Garden Update

The lilac in the front yard is blooming!!! Yay! Will get pics in a little while.

Updated the left side bar again to reflect what I ended up doing. Ok, here’s what I did… Only one of the potato boxes ended up with a third “stack” so I took that off (hadn’t filled it up all the way as the potato didn’t grow up tall enough anyway) and put it in line with the others. I finally managed to fill it with enough dirt from a different part of the backyard and I squished 2 zucs and a cauliflower in there and one more caul. will go in in a few days (it’s still smallish unfortunately). That’s what I’m calling Box #1. The rest of the boxes are numbered and you can see how I divided everything over there on the side. I have 2 more caul. that are smallish also that I will squeeze into one of these boxes eventually also. I have two more zucs that are really small and I think I’ll just give up on them and add them to the compost. I hate to kill plants on purpose though…that’s why I like the “square foot method”. You only plant the number of seeds of the number of plants you want…maybe a few extra just in case of old seeds, etc….no thinning/culling is necessary.

Anyway, some people have “kitchen” gardens or herb gardens…this is our “snack” garden. There will only be enough here or there for a snack or perhaps a side dish or two with a meal but certainly nothing to store up for the winter. Well, except for the rhubarb and raspberries and mint.

Hopefully one of these days all the boxes we need and the permanent greenhouse, etc. will be all done and we won’t have to create it and grow it as we go. Oh how nice that will be! To be able to plan and actually have things to “put up”. This is not complaining really though as I love to garden period…love to dig and sow and water and see the new life…so I’m having a grand time despite grand unfulfilled expectations! 😉

Guess that about wraps up my planting for this year…except for a handful of stranglers. Now, to “maintain” the status quo and wait for things to ripen! 🙂

I’ll be back with maintenance updates I’m sure…

Hey-ho, I’m back again! 🙂

It’s rhubarb season… It thrives here in this cold winter clime and I’m always looking for yummy ways to use it. Here’s the recipe I made the other day…it’s delicious!

Unbeatable Rhubarb Bars


1 &frac12 C chopped rhubarb

&frac12 C brown sugar

&frac14 C water

1 tsp lemon juice

1 Tbl cornstarch

Base and Topping:

&frac12 C coconut (I used shredded)

&frac12 C sifted flour (I used ww)

&frac12 C brown sugar

&frac12 tsp salt

1 C oatmeal

&frac12 tsp baking soda

&frac13 C melted butter (I used Crisco as I was low on butter)

For filling, combine rhubarb, &frac12 cup brown sugar, water and lemon juice in a saucepan. Cook over medium heat until tender, stirring frequently. Add cornstarch and cook until thick.

For crumb base and topping, mix the last seven ingredients together until crumbly. Press &frac12 mixture into a greased 8 x 8 pan. Spread with filling. Cover with remaining crumbs, pressing lightly. Bake at 350 &deg F for 25-30 minutes. Cool and cut.

Enjoy! 🙂

Garden Journal updated.

Wow, journaled every day for a whole week…I’m on a roll! LOL

Today start off looking like it would be nice but the sky is filled again with dark threatening clouds. Hmph. It sprinkled a couple of times yesterday (at least at this end of town…I think other parts may have actually gotten rain) but that was it. Anyway, I’ve been putting off letting the chicks out again because of it but I can’t wait any longer and that’s what I’m off to do. Just wanted to stop in and say I chatted about my garden again mostly.

Hope everyone is having a great Wednesday! 🙂

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