Taking Inventory

A year ago, living in a cramped apartment without a square foot of outside space I struggled to keep one plant alive. My chive plant.  It didn’t taste like anything, but the cat sure was interested in it.

What a difference a year has made!  Here’s the master tally:

From Seed:

2 tomato plants (not sure which kind because it was a variety pack and I forgot to label).  These are in the ground with blossoms coming out.  (sadly, 10 of their siblings did not make out so well)

8 chocolate pepper plants – in the ground, still alive, but not progressing very quickly.  It may need to get hotter as we’ve had an unusually cool spring.

4 cucumber plants – 2nd set of leaves are starting to pop through

34 green onion plants (at least half have been harvested).  Very beautiful and flavorful.

12 spinach plants – this variety is called “Giant Spinach.”  It indeed is gi-normous and we have at least 2 spinach dishes a week — no sight of slowing down.

1 sunflower seed plant.  Big leaves, not flower yet.  7 siblings did not do well.

Borage – growing in the ground and in a container but no flowers yet.

Carrots – tall green parts but no orange veggie poking out from the ground, so I guess it needs more time.

Parsley – This pack is 4 years old.  I am shocked to see it coming up like gangbusters.  This now makes me think that seed companies that tell you to toss out seeds from the previous year are like makeup companies that say you need to replace make-up after 3 months — they are just trying to move product.

2 planters worth of Alaska peas – they have started forming pods and now they just need to thicken up

various types of beans from a variety pack

3 plants of Potatoes (from store bought potatoes we accidentaly let sprout) – the big planter has green leaves now.

From Bulb:

10 gladiola plants with green leaves but no blooms

6 dinner plate dahlia plants, no blooms

From transplant:

Beets – greens were good but the root failed

Chard – got quite a bit of use out of it, but not as prolific as spinach

Marjoram – good

Basil – boiled it in the ground by accident

Thyme – good

Arugula – had a good run, but then I let it go to seed so I have arugula in future years.  We’ll see how that pans out.

5 blue lake bean plants – in new garden bed

1 cherry tomato (sweet 100s) – in new garden bed

1 squash

1 Broccoli

1 yellow tomato (still gotta get this in the ground, only picked it up today)

6 marigolds


2 Blueberry plants (put in planter today)

1 Washington Navel orange

1 bearss lime

1 meyer lemon

1 varigated lemon

Seeds I haven’t had a chance to bust out of the bag:

Dill, Sage, fragrant sweet pea, lavender.

I’m tired from just writing this out.

But what it means for me and my family is easy access to organic, amazing and beautiful food and a hobby that gets me outside for a few minutes every day.  Ain’t nothing wrong with that.


Garden Update: Must Expand

I couldn’t resist it.  I kept looking at the area where I keep my compost and thinking… this is a viable garden bed space.  So, I caved and got a raised bed Kit (because I’d never hammer one out on my own, I know).  I planted brocolli, squash and cherry tomatoes — (FYI, the third of my tomato seedling doesn’t look so good, I’d be surprised if it survived the week.)

Today I picked up two different kinds of blueberry plants.  I also ordered more seeds.  Bush beans mix.  Cilantro. Sage. Dill.  Fragrant sweet pea.  Cover crop mix for after the season.

I’m also super proud of my friend who has just started gardening.  You know who you are!

Here are snapshots of my garden tonight:

Kicking Back

For the first time in a long time, I felt like I had a well balanced weekend. 

I feel well rested and happy.  And the garden is happy, too.

Feeling less like an idiot on account of marmalade

If I had the energy, I’d dig up the post where I made 8 jars of marmalade and didn’t know what to do with it as I don’t have many opportunities to sit down with a piece of toast (or pancakes, HA!) for breakfast.

Well, staring at those jars one too many times, I decided I needed to make something magical happen with them.  Lightning struck twice this week.

First I got the hankering for some sort of sweet baking product.  I also had a Ghiardelli brownies Kit that was taking up space in my cupboards.  Viola!  I combined the mix with 2 eggs and half a cup of marmalade and a teaspoon of vanilla.  Let the drooling begin!  It was a big hit with the entire extended family.

Tonight, I used the other half of the jar with this recipe.  It was a big hit.  I used the rosemary I’ve been growing and served it along side a carrot, bell pepper, green onion (home grown), salad.

This is so validating and makes me thing that I could make a ton of marmalade next time I have the opportunity and not feel guilty.  I could also probably give away jars with that recipe.

Tomorrow Max gets some of the chicken to take with him to school, and somehow, I know it will be a big hit there, too. 

No energy to take pictures.  You’ll just have to trust me on this one. 🙂


The cousins are super cute together.  But Max is getting more aggressive at taking Henry’s toys and Henry doesn’t care for it. 

We’re struggling with how to teach him proper behavior.  I know that at this age discipline is not supposed to work and you are supposed to re-direct… but when do time outs come into play?

Today we did a modified re-directing/timeout.  I took Max to another room and hung out with him myself for a few minutes to let him calm down.

It helped for a few minutes but the same bad behaviors pop right back in.  I hope he doesn’t turn out to b e a bully.

Bring on the Popeye!

So awesome!  One of the best parts of my weekend was harvesting a ton of spinach and seeing Max consume mass quantities of it.  Our spinach patch was producing like mad and I knew I needed to incorporate it into a meal.  We did fritatta a bunch of times.  Did creamed spinach.  Well, what better than a lovely lasagna on rainy Saturday?

Next to the first batch of spinach is a green onion I pulled up.  They have such lovely flavor.  I have been sprinkling them on fish and tonight in some mashed celeriac.

I also transplanted 5 lettuce plants.  Red, green and red speckled with green.  Then I found an old (really old) packet of parsley seeds.  I am doing a little experiment.  I have planted a bunch in 6 pods and then a bunch in the ground.  It’s a contest, let’s see which batch can get me a decent amount of parsley for some homemade tabouleh!

It’s so addictive to start growing stuff.  I’m craving more space to be able to have a bigger crop, but I don’t want to sacrifice Max running around space, so this will have to do.  In the mean time, I’m convincing others to garden as to live vicariously through their adventures.

On the Max front, two molars have popped in at the same time.  He’s in a better mood and eating pretty well again.