Planting time

We were planning on working outside today. Things changed. My husband wasn't feeling well. It looked like it was going to rain all day but never did until about 6 o'clock in the evening. Hmmph..

I did transplanted the lettuces into two long pots. I also emptied the old herbs pots, ready to put new soil and herbs in.

I guess I have to be satisfied with this minuscule amount of gardening for today.

We're supposed to get thunderstorms tomorrow. So that's another day we cannot work in the garden. However, Monday looks promising.

We will wait and see.

On other news, I have two custom orders for diapers and covers.

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The season begins

We bought the seedlings for our veggie garden today! We'd like to get them in the ground today, but I don't think we'll have time today nor tomorrow to do so.

Planting will have to wait until next weekend, I suppose.

We cut down the number of things we're growing this year. With a baby on board, it seems a bit pushing it if I do more.

We bought 3 types of tomatoes, but much less in quantity; roma, grape and betty something or other. We have cabbage and cauliflower. Two types of lettuce. Serrano and jalapeno peppers. We'll plant sweet potatoes and potatoes. We have eggplants. We'll plant zucchini and cucumber seeds.

I did get a variety of herbs seedlings; basil, lavender, marjoram, sage, rosemary, curry, thyme and a couple more. I like to cook with fresh herbs, so I splurged.

I need to get more potting soil before I can transfer the herbs in pots.

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Something off the yard

I was reading a blog. This lady takes almost anything off her yard, and changed them to something edible for the palate.

I thought I'd give it a try.

I made dandelion jelly yesterday.

I sent the kids out with a big bowl. Gave them the task to pick ONLY dandelion flowers. They filled up the bowl within a couple of minutes. :)

I have never been the one to rip off flowers petals to eat or tell my luck. Well, yesterday, I rip petals off so I can make food out of them.

I boiled 2 cups of dandelions petals with 2 cups of water for 10 minutes. Strained the mixture. Add 1 cup of sugar (or 1 3/4 cup powdered sugar, since I don't have enough granulated sugar), 2 teaspoon of lemon juice and 1 1/2 teaspoon of pectic to the fluid. Boil them again until the jelly passed the cold saucer test.

It was good!!!!

I could do it again.

My husband, he got inspired by the whole thing. He dug up dandelion roots, cleaned, chopped, roasted and ground them to make coffee substitute.

Not worth it. It took too long to prepare them to get a small amount of ground for one. Second, it tasted too bitter.

We'll have to venture more into the yard and see what else we can find. We've been here a bit over four years and never once sprayed any pesticides or weed killer in the whole yard. We feel it's safe to eat whatever is growing out there.

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