• Hey Garden, Are You KIDDING Me?

    October 19, 2010DishinandDishes

    So yes, it’s past mid-October and those crazy poblano peppers that I planted? The ones that have only flowered until now? They’re producing scads of peppers. What’s up with that? Anyone know?

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  • The Garden in Retrospect

    September 23, 2010DishinandDishes

    So here’s my sum-up at the end of the summer, since the first day of Fall has officially hit us. My garden stunk. Period. My prized heirloom tomatoes that I so enjoyed last year got pounded by hail, beaten by rain and scorched by heat, in that order. Welcome to Oklahoma weather. I did get a few cucumbers early on before the inferno-hot sun dried up the plants. And I did and am still producing million jalepenos, which is nothing to scoff at. So much so, that I’ve let some of them turn red, which is kind of fun. I also got a few stray okra popping out here and there.  I’ve been collecting them and popping them into the freezer.  By October, perhaps, I’ll…

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  • I Have Naked Ladies In My Backyard!

    September 14, 2010DishinandDishes

    Mr. Wonderful and I moved into our house in September of 2005 and these flowers were popping up in the backyard.  I think they’re my favorite flowers.  I love their spidery look. Someone told me they were “Naked Ladies”. And that’s what I’ve called them ever since. If anyone knows the real name of these flowers, I would greatly appreciate you sharing.  That way my husband and I can stop telling people there are naked ladies in our yard. Thank you.  I have Googled and cannot find them!  Leave a comment below if you know!

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  • Garden Diary Update

    July 22, 2010DishinandDishes

    Finally! Some results.  After our numerous hail storms and torrential rain downpours this spring that resulted in my heirlooms seedlings being wiped out, I finally have some results in my garden! My cucumber plant is busting out all over with cucumbers! Look for recipes soon involving cucumbers. Lots of them.

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  • Garden Diary Update – Pesky Pests!

    June 26, 2010DishinandDishes

    Here’s a quick garden update. I haven’t posted much on my garden this summer due to the fact that I lost all my heirloom seedlings that I’d nurtured from seed in the house.  I had just put them outside when the monstrous hailstorm hit and wiped them all out.  I had to go buy some heirloom plants from my local nursery and sadly, no Black Krims. So I mourned awhile and then got on with life. The vegetable garden is coming along nicely.  I got smart this year and bought a soaker hose because the sprinkler system doesn’t hit the bed very well.  Last year I stood with the hose every day.  This year, I just turn on the soaker and go inside and set…

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  • Herbs That Take Over

    May 28, 2010DishinandDishes

    Here’s a tip for you if you want to grow parsley and mint but don’t want it taking over your herb garden as it tends to do. Sink a pot down into the soil and plant your parsley or mint in it. It will contain the roots and keep it from spreading but you can still enjoy it in your garden.  I think it makes for a pretty added decoration with the pot as well. Be careful to not let it seed, or your task will be in vain!

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  • Herb Fest and Other Projects!

    May 24, 2010DishinandDishes

    After what seems like a month ( I think it actually has been!) of bad weather weekends, we finally got to work in the yard and the garden beds this weekend.  Mr. Wonderful cut off about 25 branches off our monstrous tree that the storms had cracked limbs on, and I worked in my herb garden. I have BIG plans for these herbs, as in using them in many of my dishes that we love around our house.  I planted plants for my early crop, and then will re-seed as summer goes by to get new and fresh crops of basil coming up throughout the summer. I lost several of my perennials, like my rosemary and thyme.  No idea why and am looking into covering…

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  • Heirloom Tomatoes Here I Come Again!

    March 4, 2010DishinandDishes

    I did it. Today I ordered my heirloom seeds.  I’m late but it’ll be okay.  Last year I ordered so many varieties.  This year I’ve narrowed it down to my favorites.  Here’s my selection. From the Black/Purple group is my favorite of all time – Black Krim.  Sweet and tasty and ohhh so wonderful. The beloved Brandywine is my choice in Reds.   Excellent flavor…great for sandwiches or salads. Large fruits! Also from the Reds, I ordered Mule Team, as Ms. Martha Stewart highly recommended them. From the Whites/Greens I ordered Aunt Ruby’s German Green.  The description got me – “A sweet delicious flavor with a hint of spice” .  These are new to me – can’t wait to see how they fare. And we got such…

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