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I hope everyone is having a great summer! Can you spot the little visitor in my backyard?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Beef Kabobs with Mushrooms and Pineapple

The beef round steak strips were marinated in soy sauce, cooking white wine, garlic powder, fresh ginger, sugar and olive oil for several hours. Hubby helped skewed the beef strips on the kabobs alternating with mushrooms and gold pineapple. They cooked quickly on the grill and I served them over rice with chopped chives.

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News from my garden:

I have 2 strawberries that are close to being ripe, the raspberries are fruiting, the mints and bee balms are growing like weeds in your favorite garden bed, my tomato and bell pepper starts are eager to come outside, the irises are blooming(soon to be taken to a plant swap), transplanted carrots, mixed salad greens and peas to the garden boxes and we started prepping the side of the house for some tomatoes. Whew, it’s time for a break ๐Ÿ™‚

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Tomato Cravings

I’m craving some fresh, ripe, home grown tomatoes.

For most of my life I hated tomatoes unless they were purred in sauce.

Those store bought tomatoes with their gased red outside and creepy looking greens just didn’t sound appealing to me.

This all changed when I tasted a garden tomato sprinkled with salt and sugar.

My tomato love was born!

Back to my tomato craving:

So what do I do?

I label and start my Seeds of Change leeks and 6 varieties of tomatoes!

My mom gave me all these cut up blinds to use for labeling with Sharpies.

They work great, super easy to write on!

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I wrote the type of plant at the top, variety, days until plant matures,

ย amount of sun and water needed on the side.

Cute, huh?

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My pile of tomato seeds!

I can’t wait to see which ones do the best.

The ripe tomatoes should range from 1 oz. to 16 oz.

There will be beautiful golden yellow, pink and red tomatoes.

If all goes well I will only have to wait a couple of months until I can satisfy my craving ๐Ÿ™‚

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Gardening and Seeds!

I’ve taken up a bit of gardening!

I have 2 3′ x 6′ x 1′ garden boxes that my mom helped me score from Craigslist.

The garden soil was so heavy to move! It’s hard to believe that so much soil can fit in such a little box.

I still need to mix in perlite to help lighten the soil since it’s so heavy.

Correction: Gil will mix it in ๐Ÿ˜‰

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I have a worm bin to eat up our food scraps and to provide fertilizer with no chemicals.

 

I got a Rubbermaid tote and drilled a gazillion holes on the bottom and along the top edge to allow the worms to breathe and for excess liquid to drain out the bottom so the worms don’t drown.

Did you know it’s very easy to have your own little vermicompost factory with no bad smell?

Plus it’s fun to feed the little wormies ๐Ÿ™‚

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My little kitchen garden.

Rhubarb, 2 types of peas, chives and I’m going to plant some herbs too.

I won’t even have to step off the porch to snip some chives to sprinkle on dinner!

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June bearing and ever bearing strawberries mingled with the garden bed that has beautiful daffodils.

There’s about 40 strawberry plants altogether so that should be plenty for the two of us.

Or just me, I can eat my weight in berries ๐Ÿ˜‰

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I should have yellow, green, red, orange and purple bell peppers!

I had no idea that peppers came in the color purple, I can’t wait to see them.

I wonder if it will be purple on the inside, maybe pink or green?

If I cook it will it turn blue?

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My little lettuce starts and bush peas trying to grow.

It’s so easy to do with the peat pellets and a empty lettuce container.

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I had a wonderful surprise in the mail yesterday!

My organic Seeds of Change that I got from this deal.

It was like Christmas ๐Ÿ™‚

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