Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Sunset Magazine-Fresh Dirt Blog Feature

Sunset Magazine featured us and our edible garden on their blog, Fresh Dirt, today. "Wrinkles” got in on the action as well.

Full Story:

One thing I'm thankful for -- a new generation of passionate gardeners

By Sharon Cohoon, Sunset senior garden writer

Adriana Martinez has restored my faith. For a number of years I was wondering if garden journalists were going to become an endangered species. Nurseries kept telling me that young homeowners were just not interested in digging, weeding, deadheading, pruning, dreaming up new plant combinations, re-arranging plants like furniture, and all the other tweaking that goes into creating an ornamental garden that previous generations of gardeners thought was fun. All they wanted was a landscape that looked respectable. Something they could just put in and forget about. The equivalent of plastic plants. What would there be to write about?

But now the same people who didn't think ornamentals were worth ruining your manicure for have discovered edibles. They're building raised beds, buying compost by the truck load, nurturing their own seedlings, researching organic pest control methods on the internet, and finding the whole process of harvesting things straight from their own garden enthralling.

Adriana, shown below with 'Green Zebra' tomatoes towering over her in her garden in Long Beach, California, is one of those new gardeners.

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Monday, November 24, 2008

Wrinkles and His Harvest

Well, he mostly watched the vegetables as I toiled in the garden. I came up short on my goal of sowing Onion-Yellow Granex this weekend. These onions must be transplanted six weeks before the average first fall frost. We eat a lot of onions so I'll attempt again this Wednesday.

I harvested a little of everything yesterday. Mostly I was trying to make room for more seedlings that needed transplanting. Left to right, Mustard Greens-Southern Giant Curled, Bok Choy, a bearss lime, Beets-Detroit Dark Red, Onion (thinnings)-Bianca Di Maggio & Rossa Lunga di Firenze, dill & cilantro.

What do I do with two sugar snap peas?!

You're Vegan? That Must Be Hard...

Yes, I'm suffering (*smiles politely).

Ezekiel pocket bread stuffed with homemade pesto, lettuce, avocado, beets, green zebra tomatoes, and few onion-Rossa Lunga di Firenze and Biance Di Maggio. Eaten with a side of Doritos Spicy Sweet Chili Flavored Tortilla Chips. Yes, they're vegan!

*All vegetables from my garden, sans avocado, and all started from seed. Check mate!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Beet on the Bok Choy

I asked the husband to suggest a title for a post on beets and bok choy. He of course made a punk reference.

Last night, while using my cell phone as a light source, I harvested beets, radishes, and bok choy. After pulling a few puny beets I realized I should not have ignored proper thinning instructions.

Nonetheless they were tasty. I boiled, peeled, sliced, consumed, repeat.

I sowed Beet-Gourmet Blend and Beet-Detroit Dark Red, both Botanical Interests, on September 7th. White icicle and cherry belle radishes also pictured.

The bok choy has been nibbled on. Damn the cabbage worm! I didn't harvest the whole head, just what was needed. I can't remember what type of bok choy this is since I only have 4 or 5 different seed packets!

Monday, November 17, 2008


Cindy McNatt graciously mentions me and this blog in HOMEBODY-OC Register's Blog.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Vinkies (Vegan Twinkies)

I don't know why I bother blogging without a decent picture. The ol' PowerShot is in the crapper so I have resorted to taking pictures with my phone. =(

I finally got around to baking Vegan Twinkies. Many fellow vegans have been indulging on these tasty morsels that can be found at The Vegan Spot and baked by the a-m-a-z-i-n-g JennShaggy.

Here is my lame picture. The recipe is courtesy of Jennifer at the Vegan Lunchbox. I made a few modifications.

After filling each Twinkie in three spots on its underside I still had a little filling left over. I’m not one to waste precious frosting so they got a shot on top. Not the prettiest but oh so delicious...

Husband and I are in Vinkie heaven!