June 30, 2013

2013 Garden Journal: end of june update

It's the end of June already and in about two months we are expecting to make another fifteen hundred mile road trip back east, by then our first frost would not be too far off... the days seem to go by so fast now and this is time when I wonder if the garden is even growing.

Thank goodness for pictures!

Let's take a closer look...

The volunteer dill is in bloom and the sugar peas are almost ready for the picking...

Then we have the onions... those onions have survived moderate snow, heavy frost and two hail storms... Providence. Providence I say...

Below we have experimental beans... these plants are a result of my seed saving attempt from almost three years ago. This year I thought to plant some of them to see what would happen... again the hand of Providence, every seed sprouted.

The bed in which they are in is another experiment... wood shavings and dirt. {yes, I just used the very technical word for soil, dirt} I hope to post my thoughts on this method verses the straw bale method at the end of growing season.

Above we have the carrot bed, which is doing excellent... thanks to my daughter's very diligent hand at spacing.

The sweet potatoes have some new growth on them, encouraging, but to honest I will be surprised if they produce anything... we have too short a season, seriously wacky weather and well, I have never grown a sweet potato and I am feeling rather intimidated. 

Here is our first ripe tomato of the season, courtesy of one "Manni the Manitoba Mater"...


Which I did not start, this determinate tomato was a blessing from our past class on tomatoes, in the very early days of this years growing season. However, if your looking for a short season mater, this guy is tough... again two hail storms and he is loaded with tomatoes.

Red Romaine

Oak Leaf

Currently we are harvesting lettuce, Oak Leaf and Red Romaine, and our 'first of season' Black Seeded Simpson is done. Various herbs, Kale and Swiss Chard are filling our fridge as well...

So that is what is happening on the Outside, what about the Inside... actually I am planning my canning and preserving list, preparing for some food dehydration and creating herbal infused oils for my winter wellness supply.

This years pest challenge has been flea beetles... they rate right up there with slugs in my book, and there seems to be a million of them! And they eat more than I think a little bug should...

How is your garden growing? Any challenges or success's you care to share? Do you know how to wipe out flea beetles without harsh and toxic chemicals?

:) Just thought I would ask.

~ Hope your July is Blessed!

June 10, 2013

His Sunday Morning Crepes

Most Sunday mornings my hubby cooks breakfast for our family, he loves to cook and his momma taught him well. Personally I think his specialty is french cooking and of course 'the grill'... he can also make a mean Chinese dish too.

But this is my favorite Sunday breakfast... his crepes:

~ Crepes with strawberry sauce, raw cream and organic chocolate chips ~

Papa's Crepes for Momma: adapted from his Cooking Essentials cookbook

1 cup freshly ground whole wheat flour - kamut works great too!
2 farm fresh eggs
1 cup raw milk with thick cream

Add the ingredients into a medium bowl and whisk until smooth, let the batter stand for about a half hour, so the liquids are well absorbed. This is when Papa makes his famous strawberry sauce...

We use our round, cast iron, griddle to make our crepes on, first heating it thoroughly and coating it with coconut oil as needed. Cook the crepes over medium heat for one minute on the first side or until golden brown, then flip and cook for about thirty seconds on the other side... serve warm and enjoy them with your favorite toppings. Mine are shown above...

~ Blessings & Shalom

June 1, 2013

2013 Garden Journal: photos around

I figured if the next two weeks are as eventful as the last the two, I had better share the photo's I have already taken or I will never be able to keep up with the ever changing face of our back yard garden...

Some seedlings waiting to be planted

and preparing a home for sweet potatoes

squash too.

Needing to locate a place for the remaining woodchips

possibly two more vertical gardens like this one.

The lettuce bed before our backyard remodeling

and the corner herbs & flowers garden.

Then the hail came... thank Abba for burlap canopies

again I thank Abba for burlap canopies

replanting is going to be must for the beds without canopies.

I just love those poles... don't you?

After the storm and before the lawn mower

I think beauty is rarely found in the perfect lines and locations of our angles, but rather in the living lines of growth and change... and honestly change hurts. Because change keeps us humble and ever reminded of how fragile our life is and hopefully ever thankful for the Providence and Provision of our wonderful Creator.

~ to Him be the Glory!