Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Planting & Spring Planning


I love my garden.

But we live in a region where it's just not safe to plant little defenseless seeds in the ground until oh, June.

But then our season can be so short...that doesn't make sense. 
Your garden is just getting started ....when the blast of furnace heat hits mid August and then it's cold by September.
Le sigh.

SO what to do?!
Right now I'm starting my flower bed flowers. Marigolds, Morning Glories, Coneflowers, and a few others. I'll start the veggies a little later on in April; they have their own fancy greenhouses.

Start your seeds early, indoors.
Here's my mini slice of heaven, so far!

Soak your Morning GLories for a day or two, until they sprout.

Teeny tiny sprouts!
Transfer to potting soil. I use a blend of peat, organic seed starter, and potting soil. All "Pro Mix".

A little patience, and a warm spot out of the reach of furry friends.

I try to save & harvest as many seeds each year as I can. Storing them in paper bags.

Mixing my dirt - I love the "Pro Mix" brands. I have had excellent luck with them.

Splurged and bought the 72 pod tray for my Marigolds this year....

Marigold Sprouts after a few days! These guys go directly into the pods with the potting mix and a drink of warm water. Covered them up and they stay warm and cozy.

So here's today....can't wait until....

Herb & Tea plus Zucchini!

Herb & Tea garden!

Corn & Taters & Peas!

Muffin loves her soft springy lawn.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

When Life Gives you Lemons...on sale....

I was at my local grocer the other day. And Lemons were SUPER on sale.
Okay. So I might have gone overboard.

But I really like lemons. I love the bright colour, and loooooove the zingy zip they give when you cook with lemon.

I'll put lemon on anything.

I even like just plain lemon water. Love it.

 Mid way. I make messes.

I was craving lemon pound cake the other day. And coconut. And creamy buttery lemony curd too.

Lookit. Just lookit. Yum.
I don't like store bought. (Am I a snob? I'm totally a snob) It seems like all I can taste is the additives and colouring. Ick.

SO.... here's my Lemon Loaf, I used it exactly as written by Seasons and Suppers.
Recipe via link here.  So easy, and so so so so yummy!!!

I used Sallys' Baking Addiction amazing recipe for the curd.. the curd ...oh wow....TO DIE FOR

Stop what you're doing and go make it now!!!

Lemon loaf (and Eggie bakes) as they cooled.