Monthly Archives: September 2008

Eat your peas and links

Peas
Since we had such a dissappointing pea harvest in spring we’re trying again. These however are snow peas which will be great for stir fries and just plain snacking on. There aren’t many pea plants coming up, but they are flowering. Always a welcome sight!
Peas
And since it’s the end of the month, I wanted to thank all of these fine folks who’ve sent the most traffic my way. You guys are the greatest!
Tipnut
Canadian Freestuff
Sunshine Through the Windows
The Morse Family Spot
Kale for Sale
Skip to My Lou
Composting
Fresh DirtWhat an honor to be featured in our favorite magazine’s blog! Thank you!

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Back into the Garden

Cabbage
I bet you were starting to think that there wasn’t much ‘garden’ left in this Sonoma Garden, weren’t you? Well now that all the other to-do list chores have been caught up on, we were able to plant a few things for fall which I’ll be sharing with you this week. The first thing to note is that if all works out well, we are going to be having cabbage coming out of our ears soon. We’ve planted both red and green cabbage, all starts from our favorite nursery, Sonoma Mission Gardens. We haven’t had great success with cabbage in the past, it just hasn’t formed very well. But being the gardening masicists that we are, we are trying again.
Cabbage

We’ve also grown some Napa Cabbage from seed. This is the first time we’ve grown that so I’m anxious to see how it works.
Napa Cabbage

And while this isn’t cabbage, look, the raddiccio is actually starting to form! We planted these seeds quite a while ago, maybe six weeks ago or so?
Raddiccio
I was starting to feel pretty ho-hum about the progress of our yard at the end of summer, but now that we’ve pulled out all of the old, ugly stuff it’s rejuvinating to get some new happy green growth back.
Update: Carrie asked for some cabbage growing tips so I thought I would share some things that we’ve read. Now mind you we are not cabbage experts, so we are learning from this too. Cabbages like a sunny spot with well drained soil. They are also heavy feeders and heavy drinkers, so be prepared to give them ample nutrients and water. Heavy mulching is also a good idea. While the cabbages are still young you can interplant them with lettuce and radishes since they have such a short growing period. Where as cabbage takes anywhere from 60-180 days to mature depending on the type you are growing. If you want to read more, check out Mother Earth New’s article.

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Apples for an Anniversary

First Apple Pie
It was our sixth wedding anniversary this past weekend. Scott made an apple pie to celebrate. Which only seemed appropriate because he made one the day before we got married too. At the time we lived a few streets away from where we do now and we had an ancient Gravenstein apple tree in our backyard. He made countless apple pies that fall in our newly received pie pans. I remember my great aunt was amazed at his baking ability, she’d never seen an apple pie quite like his. So we served slices to all of our out of town guests before our wedding rehearsal.

Six years later, I’m continuously amazed by his abilities, not only at making apple pies, but in everything else he undertakes in life. Thanks for six great years together, Scott!

Apple Sauce
(few jars of applesauce were made this past weekend two with leftover apples)

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Happy Autumn!

Happy Autumn!
Some people, I think, are hard wired for different seasons. There are some people who live for the summer and love the heat of the mid-day sun, others love to curl up to the rainy day window ledge of winter, but we are autumn people. We welcome the coming of fall with enthusiastic cheers of delight. It’s the advent of wearing fleece vests, enjoying the weight of a down comforter, pouring a glass of deep red wine and viewing all the splendid fall colors that energizes us. After a day spent at the San Francisco Ferry Building, we came home and made an incredible meal of egg pasta with shaved Italian truffle paired with a heavenly Barbera d’Alba. We gave a high toast to the coming of fall.
Mushrooms
Which season is your season. Which one brings you extra energy and enthusiasm?

For a great write up on her views of fall, read what Amanda of Soulemama has to say.

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It feels like Autumn!

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It’s been a busy week. With a new preschool schedule it’s been a challenge to fit my previous 16 hours of dedicated work time per week into the five that I am now given, which means less time for posting. We’ll figure it out. I’m thinking that a new wireless connection laptop is in my near future. But for now, I am enjoying this cooler weather and thankful for the the last of the summer harvest.

Have a good weekend friends.

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You have to check these out

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There’s a ton of great blog posts out there right now. I’m totally inspired! Here’s my favorites:

Wasted Food by These Days in French LifeLove this blog!
Holy &*%!@ That’s Not a Potato! by CompostingsHe’s a seriously funny gardener
Frugality in Practice: Home Canning by Get Rich Slowlymore proof that canning is cool
Why Hang Tomatoes Upside Down? by A Taste of the EarthI first heard about this through compostings, but this is another great read on it.
Foraging for Dinner by (not so) Urban Hennerygarden foraging is one of my favorite ways to plan dinner too

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Our fig had a little baby

Fig Harvest
Our blackjack fig is finally kicking it into production. This is one of the very first fruit trees that we planted when we moved in five years ago and it was nothing but a stick at the time. Now its the size of a small bush, but it actually has handfuls of figs on it.

When I was young my best friend had a mature fig tree in her backyard and we’d spend hours after school sitting on our favorite branches talking about everything that had happened in school that day. There’s something magical about large fig trees, isn’t there? Down the street from our house is the Sonoma Garden Park, a community garden, which we love to stroll through. They have an entire fig grove which they hold lectures in the middle of. It’s amazing.
Fig Baby
Last spring our fig tree had a baby. Part of one of it’s drooping branches got buried in the soil and sprouted roots. We clipped off this new sprout and potted it up. It’s even produced a fig! Expert gardeners would call that layering, we call it a miracle.

Some of my favorite things to do with figs are stuff them with goat cheese, wrap in procuitto and put in the oven for a bit to warm it up. Or even better, put them on skewers with thin slices of lemon in between, brush with a mixture of honey and lemon juice and grill. Oh, that’s delectible!

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