Getting started

June 12, 2011

I finally got around to planting a few things at the Ballard P-patch this weekend. I have to admit I’m a little intimidated trying to grow new veggies. I don’t want to spend a ton of money and then somehow kill all the plants. I went to Swanson’s and decided I’d plant 1/2 the plot with flowers and decorative plants and the other 1/2 with edibles.

My favorite flowers are: Peony, Tulips and Lilies. I looked all over for a nice deep red, or peach colored peony, but all they had were white and pink. I went with a light pink color. The bees were all over it.

Ballard P-patch Peony

My Peony

Koda

My lazy companion. He didn't even offer to help.

Balalrd P-patch plot

Getting started on my plot

Balalrd P-patch plot

Lemon cucumber, tomato, chives and bush beans...

I loved the lemon cucumbers we grew on the deck last year. I like how full the plant gets. They are easy to grow and they make me feel somewhat successful as a novice gardener!

I’m going to plant some peppers and maybe some arugula as well. Stay tuned…

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Living in the city is a bit of a challenge when it comes to gardening. I can’t afford a house with a yard and therefore a garden, so instead, as I’ve talked about before, I volunteer at Seattle Tilth so I can get my hands in the dirt and learn all about organic gardening.

The Spring Garden Crew season has started and last weekend was the Edible Plant Sale at Tilth. I bought a few starter plants and, for the first time, have committed to trying my hand at growing edibles in containers on the rooftop deck.

Here are the plants I selected:

Basil, Onion, Brussel Sprouts, Wild Arugula, Tomato (the saucy kind) and Lemon Cucumber (I heart these).

My hope is that after all is said and done, at least the tomato plant will have survived and flourished! I love fresh chunky tomato sauce. If it goes as planned and I have a ton of tomatoes, then maybe I’ll have to learn how to preserve them as well.

Here’s how cute and little they are now (and here’s hoping they don’t look the same size, but dead in a few months!)

If you have any advice I’d love to hear it. Fingers crossed. Stay tuned…

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Risotto to celebrate pre-fall

September 6, 2009

I spent the morning/afternoon with a girlfriend shopping downtown, something I don’t attempt often because of the crowds. It was so nice to catch up with her and stroll around the city.¬†The weather was blustery and the minute I stepped out the door to meet her, it was a dogs and cats downpour! Luckily the rain stopped. I think we are firmly planted in pre-fall. I’m not sure if I am excited about it yet. However, I get to start making fall dishes and that makes me happy. I love nesting and spending an afternoon preparing a new dish, the house filled with the smell of home cooking. So, after shopping today I made Risotto with Chard and Prosciutto. The chard was harvested yesterday when I volunteered in the garden at Seattle Tilth.

My boyfriend is out of town this week (I miss him…) and I went to his house this afternoon to watch movies and cook. Also, he just bought a Le Creuset dutch oven, and I thought I would take it for a test drive! Turns out, it works just as well as mine even though it is a different color. Hehe…

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As always, I treated myself to some wine as I cooked. Listen, I will drink the Rose’ until it is officially Fall you guys! This one happens to be my favorite.

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I’d definitely make this recipe again. I would use a scosh less salt and maybe add another green like spinach or arugula to help balance the prosciutto flavor. The day ended with a bit of sunshine. Perfect.

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Seattle Tilth-tastic

September 5, 2009

I made it to a Seattle Tilth garden crew volunteer session this morning. It rained earlier, and it has been one of those pre-fall, blustery, it might rain again kind of days, but warm enough to wear a t-shirt. I love days like this! Perfect gardening weather. I think I should explain a bit more about what Seattle Tilth is about and why I love them. Tilth’s mission is this:

“Seattle Tilth inspires and educates people to garden organically, conserve natural resources, and support local food systems in order to cultivate a healthy urban environment and community”

Next week is the annual Harvest Fair. I’ve been meaning to go for 2 years now and this year I will be volunteering most of the day at the event. I can’t wait. Harvest Fair is a celebration of local food, teaching people about urban gardening, raising urban livestock, eating fresh food and getting together with the community. I think food brings people together and I’m looking forward to learning from all the gardeners and gardener hopefuls (like me)! Also, Tilth has a children’s garden. How cute is that?

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Today, at the Good Shepherd Center location in Wallingford I harvested lemon cucumbers (so, so cute), tomatillos, basil, beans, tomotoes and chard. We also weeded the garden and prepared a bed for cover crops to let the soil rest a bit.

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Here is my bounty from today! I am going to make chicken enchiladas with tomatillo salsa this weekend. M’mmmmmm….

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