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Rainbows & Unicorns

Rainbow Swiss Chard will have you seeing unicorns! It is the most luscious, delicious green I have ever eaten. I would not steer you wrong here. Do you lean towards the more cheffy side of cooking when you are in your own kitchen preparing meals for family, friends or yourself? Rainbow Swiss Chard will make you look like a chef rockstar! It can be a most welcomed culinary substitute for celery and spinach in your kitchen arsenal. It grows easily in a patio pot or backyard

Sugar snaps make me hap-pea

Did you ever want to know the answer to this question? "What's the difference between Snow Peas, Garden Peas and Snap Peas?" Well I found this information tremendously helpful myself, so I'm sharing it here with you from The Produce Moms website. Snow Peas, also known as Chinese pea pods, share common characteristics with Garden Peas and Snap Peas. However, there are differences between the three peas... Snow Peas Mild flavor Small peas Flat pods Entire pod can be consumed

Radiant Radishes

UPDATE: We have radishes! It is day 36 and this is the first radish that is ready. All the others that I planted in the first round are still quite a bit smaller. I will leave them in the soil for another week or two due to the cold, rainy weather conditions because there is still a lot of rain in our 7-day forecast and they are in need of a bit of sunny weather to grow to their potential. As for Round 2, you can see in the above picture that I left the remaining seeds in a n

Alfalfa Sprouts

It is definitely a transition time between summer and fall/winter plantings right now. Gardens, at least my garden, is in desperate need of soil replenishment. We will take the next 4-6 weeks to put some worm castings, manure and compost in the soil and let it marinate a bit before we start planting our fall crops. We will also try to reconfigure the beds a wee little bit based off of what has worked and what did not work for us this past year. We found that square foot garde

Teenie Tiny Brussel Sprouts

The super cool thing about gardening is that nothing REALLY is a mistake...it's an EXPERIMENT! My brussel sprouts ended up being kinda small. I attribute that to planting them too late in the season and planting them where they were lacking the sunshine that they required early on, and possibly not fertilizing the soil enough. Once I realized that the brussels were starting to decline...thus at their peak...even though they were still a bit tiny (not the 1" diameter sprouts t

Zucchinitastic

Did you know that today, Wednesday, August 8th is National Zucchini Day?!? Yup, it is :) The Old Farmer's Almanac says to "pick squash young, about three to five days after flowering when they are 3-4 inches long, for tender sweet fruits. Bigger ones are best shredded and used for baked goods." (https://www.almanac.com/blog/gardening-blog/zucchini-fertility-spawns-annual-holiday) I think this one is ready for picking. You can see the flower (positioned by my index finger) has

Brussels Emerge

Our brussel sprouts are growing so well! When I planted the seedlings they looked pitiful and I thought I'd lose 1 or 2, but all 6 plants have survived and are thriving :) The brussels are the bottom tier plants; I planted them with the mammoth sunflower seeds. Apparently, "growing brussels sprouts requires cool weather. The ideal climate is the 'fog belt' of the Pacific northwest, but they will grow in just about any part of the country. A slow-growing, long-bearing crop, Br