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Monday, August 29, 2016

Summer Garden Minestrone

It was a pleasure today snipping fresh herbs from the garden. I made a pot of minestrone using
not only parsley, thyme and basil, but added a nice zucchini and a couple tomatoes.  Oh, and a sprig of mint for my iced tea.  We are all enjoying these nice days as the maple trees are showing hints of red and gold.



Monday, August 8, 2016

Salad Greens - at last!

At long last my pot of lettuce is ready to eat. It sits on a bench on the deck where Bunny can not reach.  It made a tasty salad for lunch yesterday along with a fresh blueberry muffin.

However, leaves on my tomato plants were being stripped.  It took a couple of days of searching but
I found the culprit.  Tomatoes are beginning to ripen, but it will be a while.  Gardening is a challenge, but so worth the effort!




Saturday, July 16, 2016

Cherry Pie in my Future

Today was a perfect dry, cool summer day... high sparse clouds... and the tart cherries are ripe for the picking.  Pick them I did. In a little over an hour of relaxed meandering through the trees, I have about eleven pounds of cherries.  They are pitted now and half are frozen in quart bags.  The rest will wait until tomorrow to become pies most likely.  I pit by hand one at a time so the cherry stays round, plump and juicy.  Years ago the tart pie cherries were called "sours."  Marketing experts thought "tart" sounded better.

A note on the Wascally Wabbit in my garden.... he has eaten the third planting of lettuce almost entirely... it's time I planted more for him.  My own lettuce is now growing nicely in a large pot on a raised deck seat.  Keeping my fingers crossed little Bunny doesn't climb.




Saturday, June 25, 2016

Bunnies Eat Marigolds??

Who would believe the bunnies not only ate the new growth on the first planting of lettuce, the second lettuce planting, the nasturtiums and... yes, those nice marigolds I bought at the market
a week ago?  I also planted 4 zucchini plants and 3 sweet pepper plants in the middle of the mess... no photos yet as it look quite dismal.

Today's trip to Market was fruitful (pun intended): gorgeous strawberries, beets with those delicious edible greens attached, sweet snap peas and more spinach. A wee pot of rosemary, too. Nibble away, sweet bunnies.


Saturday, June 18, 2016

Farmers Market Saturday

The second plantings of lettuce and swiss chard are up in my little garden for the bunnies.  A visit to the Farmers Market this morning resulted in salad for me, too!  The first spinach and arugula are here for the season, first strawberries, too, but the last of the asparagus until next year.  I bought a few marigolds to hopefully deter those hungry rabbits.


Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Toddler Tablecloth Sundresses

Charming little dresses from vintage tablecloths... I'm loving making these.  Here are some 2-3T and a 5-6T dresses (almost finished) specially made for a sweet summer shop in Northport, MI.  The vintage fabrics are such nice quality. Several more dresses are waiting in line beside my sewing machine. I'll use vintage buttons on these, too.


Tuesday, June 7, 2016

No Bunnies Allowed

My petite slightly raised garden bed is ... was... happily producing lettuce, swiss chard, peas and radishes until the adorable baby bunny emerged from beneath my neighbor's front porch.  First night he/she ate three rows of swiss chard.  So I googled rabbit repellent and sprayed what remained of the potential harvest with a mix of dish soap, hot sauce and water.  Next morning the peas were decimated.  I'll continue with the spray for a couple of weeks and see what happens.  The replanted swiss chard should be up by then and we can start over.... or not.  There's a lot to be said for visiting the Farmers' Market each Saturday.