Weekend in Photographs ~ Garden, Birds, and Bees…Fabric too!

It’s windy, cloudy, and my left sinus is killing me so I thought I’d just post a few photos I took over the weekend.

A few Denyse Schmidt fabrics in 1/3 yard cuts that I got at Joann's.

Part of my haul from Garden Spot in Sparks...Bee Balm, Dill, Sweet Marjoram, Orange Thyme...Thank you Groupon, $40 for $20!

Tarragon and Chives I planted in one of my old enameled pots. Catnip behind it, Thyme and Oregano to the left, taters in the barrel.

Taters are growing! Taters are growing!

Bee on what I think is an Oregon Grape/Barberry bush...at Crystal Peak Park in Verdi, NV.

Bees were loving the pretty yellow flowers! Loading themselves down with pollen!

Goldfinch along the Truckee River at Crystal Peak Park, Verdi, NV.

My Irises are starting to bloom in the front yard.

Basil Balsamic Vinaigrette for Tomatoes and More!

After my most recent move, my garden plants that I dug up and put into pots are not doing the best…except for my herbs, they are doing wonderful. So…I’ve been buying heirloom tomatoes at the Farmers Market.

I want to share the vinaigrette that I’ve been making to drizzle over the tomatoes (and bread).

Cast of characters are:
(note– measurements are approximate, as I change it up each time I make it)

1/2 Cup Olive Oil
6-8 TBSP Balsamic Vinegar
4-6 cloves of garlic…I lean towards the 6 🙂
1/3 Cup Fresh Basil
1 TBSP Fresh Oregano
2 grabs of Sea Salt or Kosher Salt (probably about 1 tsp or more)
Fresh ground Pepper (I use the 3 peppercorn blend…and some black/red pepper)…and lots of it! 🙂

I use my small chopper/blender….mince the garlic, add chopped up herbs, add salt and pepper, vinegar, then olive oil….blend like crazy.

Drizzle over sliced tomatoes or some very good bread!

It’s good over pork chops…rice…bread and cheese…the list goes on! ENJOY!

2010 Garden Is FINALLY In! :)

I had to hold off on planting my garden this year due to a very cold and wet May…we were still having snow. Sheesh.

Today was 88F and very humid…29% humidity! You all in the south, just hush your mouth! That’s humid for us!

From the looks of it…most of my garden will make great Italian sauces! 🙂

In the first box I planted:

Brandywine Tomato
Black Prince – a Russian Heirloom
two types of garlic (planted last month)
Greek Oregano
Orange Bell Pepper
Sweet Basil
Flatleaf Italian Parsley

Second Box I planted:

2 Roma Tomatoes
Red Bell Pepper
German Thyme
Cayenne Pepper
Beebalm
Italian Flatleaf Parsley
2 Sweet Basils
Yellow Sweet Onions (planted 1 week ago)

In the Third Box I planted:

7 Yukon Potatoes (planted 2 weeks ago)
5 Purple Potatoes (planted 2 weeks ago)
Flatleaf Italian Parsley
2 Straightneck Squash (planted 1 week ago)

You can see the Rosemary I planted in a pot that I found in the trash the other day.

Here’s a closeup of the potatoes….

I still want to get two tomatillos, two cucumbers, one dill , and one green chile…those will go into containers.