Kitchen Garden Planner from Gardener’s Supply Company ~ Small Space Gardening

The Gardener’s Supply Company’s online site emailed me this VERY NIFTY interactive KITCHEN GARDEN PLANNER ~ included are the following:

The Tomato Sauce & Salsa Garden

The All American Garden

The Cook's Choice Garden

The High Yield Garden

The Plant It and Leave It Garden

And The Salad Bar Garden

All of these gardens are planned for a 3×6 garden ~ 18 SF of space! You can print out the planting map with information of each of the crops that go with each garden theme.

You can also DESIGN YOUR OWN GARDEN! The grid represents a 3’x6’ raised bed garden with each square equal to 1 sq. ft. When you place a vegetable in the map you’ll see how many plants can be grown in that space.

Step By Step Planting & Care Guide

I have a 6×6 raised garden bed that I think I’ll use the planner for…am especially eyeing the Salsa garden! 🙂

Are We There YET?!

I’m soooo looking forward to Autumn.

It’s too bloody hot here in Northern Nevada…and it was so hard not to hug the tv last night while watching Thursday Night Football to try to feel the rain that was coming down in Philly. It’s not fair.

We’ve been in the Low 100F and High 90sF the past week…supposed to have a cool down on Tuesday to 90F!!! WooHoo!

Ok…done whining about the weather for the day.

Update pics on the backyard garden ~ I’ll be picking the last of the beans this weekend, me thinks. And at least 1/2 of the carrots. Will blanch and freeze ’em.

I’ve been trying really hard not to pick anymore peppers until they’ve changed colors. Those long skinny ones, that I had no clue as to what they were (I figured they were Serranos on steroids), are Cayennes! Ohhhh…that’s why they are so scrumptious in my Pico de Gallo! Definitely will plant those again next year.


Cayenne Peppers! SOOOO Yummmie!


Sweet Italian Peppers


Very cool looking Miniature Caribbean Habenaro Reds ~ bet they aren’t too cool to bite into though. 🙂


I’ve been picking cucumbers like crazy lately.


Corn is all off the stocks, except for one stock of corn that grew somewhere else in the yard…probably thanks to a bird pooping. It has about 4 ears that are almost ready to pick. The rest of the stocks I’ll be leaving in the ground until it’s time to decorate for fall. I love tying a bunch of them up to the cedar trees out front.

Have to figure out what to do with all my green onions ~ will be bringing some into work as there is interest in them from a few people.


Squash gone wild!


The moon last night ~ guess I should have gotten the tripod out, but I was lazy.


Soap I made, and named it after the moon ~ Sea of Tranquility ~ it is scented by essential oils of Bergamot, Clary Sage, Rosemary and a little bit of Peppermint. Very relaxing smell. But I must say it drives me absolutely bonkers, as it is curing under the Spiced Chocolate Caffee soap on top of the frig…and every time I walk by I get a whif of Chocolate Mint. ACK!

This is Mad Max ~ he was a little hot…wasn’t happy about getting his picture taken…Grumpy Ole Man.

Was craving popped corn last night…and not the microwave crap…the real thing. Got everything out to make it and then came to the realization of what a HORRIBLE MISTAKE I made in choosing my stove! I bought the ceramic stove top oven! You can’t make popped corn on that type of surface! So out came my hot plate that I melt soy wax on…Thank Goodness I had that!

Playing with the camera modes last night…the lighting was too low for the first picture, but I like it anyhoo.

And last, but definitely not least in my book ~ one of my lovelies ~ My Precious!

Ok…one more bitch session about the junipers! We are down to TWO juniper stumps that we are having a Dickens of a Time getting out. Big sigh. Why are they allowed to plant those bloody things?! They should be outlawed! I’m ready to pour gas on them and flick a match in their direction…invite the neighborhood over for a weenie roast.

LOL! Ya see that orange cone next to the BENT sign post? That was our neighbor across the street backing his boat out…he did the same thing to the other post on his side of the street. Looks like he hasn’t been doing that well driving lately, as the front end of his truck is smooshed somewhat!

Garden Pictures & Birthday Weekend

I went out and took pictures last night after watering the garden ~ it’s the first time I’ve had to water in a week with all the rain we’ve been having!

The green onions and carrots are about 1″ to 1-1/4″ in height now. Radishes getting bigger. Peppers looking good….as are the pumpkins, squash, cucumbers, strawberries, tomatoes, corn, peas and beans! YEAH! All of the herbs are growing nicely too.

My niece’s birthday is Saturday and she wants to go camping! Her party will be at Davis Creek Park out in Washoe Valley. So, I’ll be spending some time out there tomorrow exploring the park with a bunch of girls and their parents. 🙂 Below is a picture of Hannah and Nathan at Davis Creek Pond last year.

Hope everyone has a GREAT WEEKEND! Will be back on Monday with lots of pictures. 🙂

Vegetable Garden Pictures and some Recipes

The green onions and carrots have FINALLY popped their wee green heads out of the soil…peas are growing too.  Below are shots of the green onions, carrots, pumpkins, squash, peas, corn and black beans. 

Yes, I know…it’s like a parent showing off their kiddos, but I’m so excited everything is growing. Had to bundle up the tomatoes the last few nights as we went from 96 degree weather to 61 degrees in two days…night time is getting nippy again. I added some redwood mulch around the squash and pumpkins to keep them toasty too…I’ll wait until sometime in June to remove it.

Worked on two hammered copper wire Ichthys last night, one for my husband and one for his dad. First photo shows both ~ second one shows the “antiqued” look using liver of sulphur and hot water.

No onto some very good recipes!

Strawberry & Spinach Salad

1 box of strawberries, sliced (about 2 cups)
2 ripe avocados, chunked
2 bundles of spinach
3-4 green onions

Dressing:
1/4 c. sugar
1/4-1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp Worcestershire
1/4 c. white balsamic vinegar
1/4-1/3 c. olive oil
1-2 Tbsp sesame seeds
1 Tbsp poppy seeds

I like adding feta cheese into this salad. And it goes GREAT with grilled chicken and some good bread.

This is one of my favorite muffin recipes…I’ve adapted it to whole wheat flour. You need a little more milk than the original recipe and I’ve added bananas. I also like to add currants if I have them on hand. You can add lots of different fruit!

Flaxseed Morning Muffins

1 c. Fiber One cereal
1 c. vanilla soy milk
1-1/4 c. whole wheat flour
1/2 c. gound flaxseed or flaxseed meal
1 large chopped apple
1/4 c. brown sugar & 1/4 c. honey
or (1/2 c. brown sugar only)
3/4 c. shredded carrot
3 tsp baking powder
1 over riped banana, smashed
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 c fat-free egg product
2 Tbsp canola oil
1 tsp vanilla

Heat oven to 375. Place paper baking cups in tins and spray bottoms of cups with baking spray. (muffins will stick to paper cups if not sprayed).

Crush cereal, place in bowl and add milk. Let soak for about 5 minutes. Stir in remaining ingredients. Scoop batter into muffin cups.

Bake for 22-25 minutes or until toothpick comes clean. Cool on rack. Good warm and cold, but especially warm. 🙂

I made some muffins when I got home and took pics ~ here they are. I didn’t have carrots, but did have a zucchini, so I shredded it and used it. Oh…and Pink Lady apples are VERY GOOD in the muffins!

Whole Wheat Flour Tortillas

2 c. whole wheat flour
1 tsp sea or kosher salt
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 c. canola oil
2/3 cup water

Sift dry ingredients, stir in oil and water ~ I mix with my hands. Knead well on floured surface and make into balls about the size of a golf ball. Put into plastic ziplock and let stand for 15 to 30 minutes.

Flatten balls and start rolling out on floured surface. You can make them as fat or thin as you want! Place tortilla on ungreased frying pan that has been heated to medium high heat. Flip ’em. (about 2 minutes and another minute on the other side) I like them with lots of brown spots so I keep flipping them until they look purrrty.

While cooking the rest of them, I slap some butter on the first one and eat it all up! 😀 I put the others on a dish towel until cooled and then put them in a ziplock bag until ready to use. They last under a week in my frig as I make breakfast burritos and tacos all the time.

 

Happy Dance! My Backyard Raised Garden Beds are FINISHED!

Big sigh ~ resting my biceps and hoping the 12+ bruises on my legs will heal fast…but it’s all worth it! My backyard raised garden beds are FINISHED! We finished on Saturday ~ and just in the nick of time as a weather front moved in that night and brought winds. Next weekend is supposed to be in the 90’s!

Get set for lots of pictures ~

Here is what 3 cubic yards of double mix soil and 3 cubic yards of decomposed granite looks like sitting outside our property in the alley. We had to haul it from along the front of the house to the side and out back.

As stated in the early post ~ I went to Oxborrow Trucking & Landscaping in Reno to order my dirt and d.g. Got the call at 1:15 pm that the driver will be there in 20 minutes…shut everything down at work and left to meet him. The driver was out front when I got home…had the dirt dumped in no-time flat, very friendly and helpful! I would definitely recommend them to anyone in the Reno/Sparks/Carson City area! By 5 pm my husband and I filled up the two beds and the first layer of d.g. around the beds.

Just a note ~ 3 cubic yards filled up the 5’x12’x12″ box and the 6’x6’x12″ box perfectly!



Saturday we finished laying the d.g. down in back and the front yard; laid stepping stones between boxes (they were all over the front yard when we bought the house); had the 3 Stooges (my FIL and his two friends) put in a new auto-watering control box; planted marigolds in the garden boxes; planted the veggies; bbq’d out in our new reclaimed backyard! There is still snow on Peavine so I may wait until the end of May to plant my tomatos.

Here’s the front yard ~

Vegetable Gardening in Northern Nevada & How to make a Raised Garden

After just about killing ourselves over those bloody junipers and planting the lilac and weeping cherry, I’ve turned my sights to the back yard and making my raised vegetable beds!

In the very back of Sunset’s WESTERN LANDSCAPING BOOK, pages 404-405, in the Materials and Techniques chapter, there is a section on Building A Raised Bed.

Raising your garden above the ground can solve some of the most frustrating problems gardeners face. An easy-to-build bed makes it possible for plants to thrive where soil is poor, wildlife is hungry, or the growing season is short. And if you need easy access to your plants – due to a disability or simply to eliminate back-bending labor – you can sit on the edge of the bed and garden in comfort.
Fill the bed with the best soil you can. Good soil means that plants can be placed closer together, making a small area more productive. Line the bottom of the bed with wire screening to keep out pests, or fit it with a PVC framework for bird netting.
A raised bed can be any size, but if its more than 4 feet wide it will be difficult to reach the middle from either side. If the sides will double as benches, build the frame 18-24 inches high.

We have a small backyard ~ with a huge front and side yard. So much rearranging of the landscaping to do! OY! Here’s what I have to work with out back ~ The soil that has been turned was going to be sod…but I’ve decided to put pavers there instead. The compacted ground area behind will be where the raised garden bed will go. Behind those rocks is a an area of about two feet wide to the fence…that will be where I plant the corn.

A couple of weeks ago The State of Nevada Employees Council had an Open House at The Joe here on campus and I signed up for a lot of information from the University of Nevada's Washoe County Cooperation Extension office. I used to be in 4-H out in Washoe Valley…so I knew they were loaded with great information. I highly recommend them for all us in Northern Nevada and the Eastern California area! I posted a link to all of their free publications below.

Here are some of the pamplets I asked for:
Vegetable Varieties For Northern Nevada
A Quick Guide to Composting
Nevada Soils – Worth the Toil
Urban Forestry Tree Planting Practices for Nevada
The All Seeing, All Knowing, Lawn Care Manuel for Northern Nevada
Roses for Reno and the Northern Nevada/Eastern Sierra Area
Spring Planted Bulbs Boast Beautiful Blooms
Hardy, Drought-Tolerant and Moderately Salt-tolerant Shurbs and Vines for Northern Nevada
Seven Ways to Make Your Trees and Shurbs Drought Resistant

LIST OF PUBLICATIONS FOR FREE

The Vegetable Varieties for Northern Nevada is four pages long and gives a list of all veggie varieties that are great for planting here with the planting dates. Great comments on which are better for canning, yields, rust resistance, maturing, indoor growing, storage values, disease resistant, most popluar, etc.

ps: For all of you in the Reno/Sparks area…or those of you who will be in town on May 17th ~ at the Washoe County Extension Office on Mill Street there will be a plant sale that morning. 🙂