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Aug
31
2014
Aug 31, 2014

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Gardening and I don’t even have a green thumb which is seriously quite remarkable. As the summer comes to a close, it is probably timely that I give an update on what’s been happening in our wee little garden.

Take a look at these snap peas that came from our garden. Don’t they look amazing, vibrantly green and sautéed gently for dinner? We didn’t plan to have snap peas in our garden but through a few random acts, there they were.

thingsthatwedo.com - snap peas 2014Talk about not having a green thumb, I had no idea when to actually pick the snap peas so by the time we did eat them, they were uh…a little chewy and stringy. The snap peas were certainly sweet and had great flavour but most of it ended up on a side plate and not in our tummies.

Would we grow snap peas again? I’m not so sure. My big kid certainly loved watching them grow in the garden but they did seem to overtake our two tomato plants. So, once we picked the snap peas we got rid of the plants to make more space for the tomato plants. Who knew a few randomly placed snap pea seeds could take up SO MUCH SPACE?!

thingsthatwedo.com - snap peas 2014Right now, we’re enjoying a few tomatoes here and there and can’t wait for more to ripen. Snap peas? That was a great experience and I can’t wait to see what happens to the lemongrass!

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Aug
12
2014
Aug 12, 2014

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Ask me, how is my garden doing? Are the plants still alive? Yes, for the most part, they are all still alive. The rosemary has seen better days, the tomatoes are finally ripening, and the snap peas make my garden look like an eternal jungle but tet’s talk specifics: how is the lemongrass doing? Well, that depends.

Remember when I mentioned a while back that we planted some lemongrass outdoors but we also kept some indoors? As of right now, it is obvious that the lemongrass prefers to be outdoors enjoying the bright sunshine and crazy rain. The lemongrass we planted outdoors continues to thrive. It’s gotten taller, greener, and the stalks are growing. They are by no means as big as the ones you’d get in the grocery store but we are moving in the right direction.

Now, about the lemongrass that I left indoors. They’re still alive but they don’t look like much. Some have dried up and wilted away, some are growing but they’re definitely not as robust as their outdoor counterparts. The indoor lemongrass looks great as a decorative plant but I don’t know if they’ll ever be mature enough to be eaten.

It’s not a bad thing that the lemongrass isn’t quite ready to be used yet. That still gives me plenty of time to figure out what recipes to cook with all of it once it is ready. I had lemongrass beef at a recipe once. That was delicious and I remember a soup with a lemongrass base. That was also divine.

Oh NO, I think I felt my tummy rumble.

Time to switch topics!

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Jul
26
2014
Jul 26, 2014

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Yes, we planted tomatoes this year but notice that I haven’t really mentioned them until now. In past years, I’d give regular updates about the veggies we were growing which pretty much consisted of tomato plants and a few sweet potatoes that sprouted in my pantry (which by the way, did grow some sweet potatoes).

Why the delay in updates?

Well, there really wasn’t much to report! You see, we started off late this year and then something happened. Somehow, we ended up with a number of ‘other’ plants in our garden. We initially thought they were green bean shoots but have now come to realize that they’re snap peas. Next thing you know, we’ve got snap pea plants all over that have completely surrounded our 2 tomato plants.

I kid you not. Our little garden space looks like a jungle.

thingsthatwedo.com pic - plants july 2014Lesson learned: tomato plants are heartier than we think. Despite the attack of the snap pea plants, our tomato plants thrived and we’ve got tomatoes growing! While still green, there’s no denying that they’re there and they’re staying.

I have a whole new appreciation for tomatoes. I’ve always loved tomatoes but this defiance to be taken down by the snap peas gives me a whole new admiration for how resilient they are. We humans could learn a lesson or two from them!

Oh..and if you’re wondering how those snap pea plants got into our garden..you’ll just have to keep wondering (but my daughter and I did NOT plant them ourselves).

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Jun
29
2014
Jun 29, 2014

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When our family bought the little container of lemongrass, we were instructed to plant them about an inch or so apart. The only problem was, they were all clumped together and when we first bought them, the lemongrass looked too frail to ripped apart.

So, my daughter and I decided we’d split some apart and planted them in the outdoor garden while we kept some in a little pot indoors. It was our own little experiment: would the outdoor lemongrass do better or would our indoor lemongrass win?

Here are a few photos of our lemongrass that we took a little while ago.

Based on what we can see, it appears that the outdoor lemongrass has taken on a slightly darker and duller colour than the indoor lemongrass which seems a bit more vibrant green. Both look healthy and are certainly alive and well but the colour is noticeably different.

thingsthatwedo.com pic - lemongrassGiven that gardening isn’t my forte, I have no idea why the lemongrass is different. Possible reasons that I can think of: differences in the soil, lighting, amount of water? Who knows.

One thing is for sure though: the lemongrass still has quite a way to go before it resembles the lemongrass you’d normally buy in the grocery store.

I honestly wonder if it’ll get that far. I guess only time will tell!

 

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Jun
12
2014
Jun 12, 2014

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It took me a while but I FINALLY got the tomatoes plants. Boy, was I ever slow this year! I chalk that up to having a busy life (or pure laziness, take your pick). Over the weekend, my daughter and I planted 2 tomato plants. As in past years, we picked them up at our local grocery store. It’ll be interesting to see how they fare this year considering that we started a little later than usual.

I love tomatoes so fingers crossed our tomato plants will do well this year!

Question: have you planted your veggies yet? If I can do it, you KNOW you can!

Side note: the rosemary and lemongrass both continue to live. I promise to take photos of the lemongrass and report back soon!

Is it just me or am I becoming more forgetful? 🙂

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Jun
9
2014
Jun 9, 2014

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Well, what have our green thumbs been doing lately? Um..not much.

You see, I’ve been a little busy so I’ve been lagging behind a little bit on the whole planting thing. The good news is, the rosemary plant I bought a little while ago is still flourishing. It’s got this great aroma that all fresh herbs have and I feel proud that it hasn’t tanked yet. The bad news: I haven’t used much of it in my cooking dishes.

I really need to get moving on that. Not sure why I’m lagging behind on that. I could just be getting lazy.

Nah, it can’t be that.

A little while ago, the hubby found an onion sprouting among our bag of onions so we decided to plant it. Now, I should clarify, I’m not referring to the roots of the green onions that we kept. They seemed to sprout and I’m sure I planted them in the garden but I can’t seem to find them. Sooooooooooooo, I either lost them or they’ve disappeared or they just became natural compost. Take your pick.

Here’s what the onion looks like now. It certainly seems pretty healthy looking and it’s definitely bigger than it was when we found it in the pantry. Pretty soon it’ll be big enough so I’ll be able to trim some to enjoy! Of course, that is pending that I can figure out what I want to cook.

Next steps for us: getting those tomato plants and keeping a close eye on the lemongrass (which I neglected to take a photo of!), rosemary, and onion.

What veggies will you be growing this year?

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May
30
2014
May 30, 2014

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Well, aren’t we adventurous this year? In addition to the usual fanfare, my daughter and I decided we’d plant some herbs too. Let me introduce you all to rosemary and lemongrass, herbs that are currently gracing our indoor pots with their beauty.

Now, we didn’t exactly follow the instructions for the lemongrass. It did say that we should plant each stalk a fair distance apart but with all the roots tangled together, there was a limit to how much I thought I should yank before I completely destroyed them all. I also planted a few stalks outdoors so we could compare how the lemongrass would grow in two different climates and locations (there’s that science coming into play again!).
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Apr
23
2014
Apr 23, 2014

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Remember those green onion roots that we plunked into water? Well, guess what? They’re still alive! Take a look at the green onions now. Over the past little while, the roots have been sitting in water on our kitchen table. Every day, we observe their growth and made note of changes.

It is absolutely fascinating to watch those little green onions sprouting new roots, sprouting new life. On most other occasions, we would have thrown out those roots and look at them now. Every day, my daughter would wake up and then exclaim at all the changes that happened over night.

Now, I have to be honest, we could have been more scientific about the entire process. We could have measured how tall the green onions were growing and charted the information but we didn’t. Nonetheless, it continues to be the highlight of our day.

Next step: getting some dirt and planting these little green onions!

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Apr
14
2014
Apr 14, 2014

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Well you know Spring must be in the air because our family is slowly starting to think about gardening and growing some of our own vegetables. Most times, we just pick up tomato plants and stick them in our backyard. One year we stuck a sweet potato into the soil that had sprouted in our pantry. Today, we cooked with some green onions and put the roots in water to see what would happen.

Gardening is more than about growing your own food. It’s about spending time with your children and learning where our food comes from and the life cycle of plants. I love the science that’s involved. Despite not having much of a green thumb, I’ve always been fascinated at how plants grow.

At this point, my big kid is making predictions about what she thinks will happen to those roots. Will the roots sprout? Will the roots die? We’ll be making observations and watching these little roots very carefully.

Who knew you could learn so much from a few discarded pieces of green onion?

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Sep
28
2013
Sep 28, 2013

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A few weeks ago, I posted that our home grown tomato season was over. The weather had gotten cooler, the tomato plants looked like they were on their last limb so I was pretty much convinced that it was ‘bye bye home grown tomatoes’.

Well…then the weather got warmer and then it got cooler and then it got warmer again. It rained a lot and then the sun came back out and so did the warmer weather. Next thing you know, I take a peek and we’ve got these ripe little red tomatoes growing!

Take a look!

I’m shocked and in awe of Mother Nature. One minute,nothing. Next minute, I’ve got these cute little decadent morsels in my own little garden and I don’t even HAVE a green thumb (remember the cucumber plants that never made it?).
Moments like this remind me to enjoy, appreciate, and celebrate the little things in life. Life isn’t going to get any slower so why not take a breather?

I’m going to wash these tomatoes now.

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