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Manure Tea and Other Strange Mixtures

One thing that I am finding exciting about blogging is that people are contacting me from around the country to ask me to sample their garden products and blog about them, with either good reviews or bad. I’ve written before about Chuck, who contacted me from a company called Custom Biologicals, makers of BiotaMax soil […]

The Beauty of it All

I have the great privilege of hosting a garden that God Almighty is growing. This is the time of the season when the plants are all so beautiful, with their fruits beginning to appear. It can only be God Who came up with such an awesome design for growth. Years ago I […]

Probiotic Results Update

Beautiful Perfect Cabbage-Treated Side

Isn’t this cabbage gorgeous? This is one of the beautiful vegetables growing in my garden. We treated the right hand side of our four 4′ x 4′ raised beds with BiotaMax probiotics. I am blogging about the results I see compared to last year’s growth, as well as to the […]

Recipe – Vegetable Ratatouille

I love eggplant. This recipe can be modified to use whatever produce you have on hand. Beans, peas, sugar snaps, corn – whatever vegetables you like can be added to this versatile dish. Meat can be added to this dish; shredded chicken, ground beef or lamb would be good. If using ground meat, brown […]

Tie-Dye Tomatoes and Other Wonders

I got another seed catalogue in the mail today from Burpee, one of America’s great producers of heirloom seeds, hybrids and plants. One of their tomatoes, “Brandy Boy” is a favorite of mine, and whenever I start my tomatoes from seed, I always include a few of these beauties. The vines are huge, and […]

Count the Tomatoes

Can you count the tomatoes in this photo of one of my plants last year? I count 14. Rick gets these great photographs because he looks for the design in the details. I have a few little baby tomatoes and even more blossoms on my plants already. It’s been raining solidly for […]

The Cook’s Garden

Grow Beds from Gardener's Supply

People garden for many reasons. The “victory gardens” from the 40’s were an optimistic response to and support for the war effort. Square Foot Gardening guru Mel Bartholomew teaches that anyone, anywhere can grow their own food. In countries where starvation is common, square foot gardens are springing up […]

Recipe – Jerk Anything, Mon!

Well, not exactly anything… But this recipe works for boneless chicken thighs, whole chickens, ribs, medallions of or whole pork tenderloin, raw jumbo shrimp, fish, beef cubes for kabobs – the list is endless. I have a Jamaican friend who loves to make jerk goat. The authentic recipe uses the ridiculously hot Scotch bonnet pepper, […]

Today’s Photos

Here is what everything looks like this morning. The right half of each bed has been treated with BiotaMax, the left side untreated. Here’s the cabbage patch:

Here are the tomatoes and onions:

And the cucumbers along the trellis; seedlings popping up in the foreground. Notice the carrots on […]

Backyard Birds

My husband found some older photos on his computer of some visitors to my feeder and emailed them to me. I was delighted to get them on my laptop.

One morning, I was making coffee, half asleep, when I looked outside (without my glasses) and saw a blurry flash of red, bright green, and blue […]