Thursday, July 30, 2015

Gardeners, Start Your Seeds! Fall Gardens Begin Mid-Summer

Start these seeds now for a beautifully delicious fall garden.Photo credit: SeedsNow

Yes, it is that time again. Time to start your seeds for the fall gardens. We have already started lots and lots of seeds. We buy most of our seeds from SeedsNow. I love this company. I always get good seed, fast delivery, and everyone is so nice, and fun to chat with. They have a little chat box on their website. While you're there shopping, they are ready to answer questions, help you find things, talk garden stuff. I think they like to get to know their customers. And they really do care. I love them so much that I am a SeedsNow affiliate. You should really check them out.

And, so you know, I don't do vanity posts for anyone - if I endorse a company, it is because I believe in them and I do business with them. When you're ready to get your fall seeds - which should be right now, check out SeedsNow.com. Everything is nonGMO, untreated, heirloom and open pollinated, so you can be sure your seed is safe. You'll be supporting small business, which I think is so important. And, you'll be helping us continue to grow and help others learn, eat and enjoy what our gardens produce. And we thank you for that. 

Happy gardening,

~Julie

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Bruschetta: because you have to do something delicious with all those tomatoes.

Garden fresh bruschetta and home baked garlic crostini
Garden fresh bruschetta and home baked garlic crostini


Does it get any better than garden fresh and home baked?


Bruschetta

Ingredients:

2 cups diced, fresh Roma tomatoes
6 (or more) cloves of fresh garlic, finely diced
A handful of fresh basil leaves, chiffonade them please 
Olive oil to drizzle
Salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste

Instructions

Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl. Drizzle lightly with extra virgin olive oil. Toss lightly. Cover and let stand for at least 20 minutes before serving.

Garlic Crostini

Ingredients: 

1 baguette, cut in 1/3 to 1/2 inch slices
Olive oil
Fresh sea salt
1 clove fresh garlic, cut in half

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 375. 
Lightly brush one side of each baguette slice with olive oil. Bake oiled side up  on a baking sheet at 375 F until golden brown.
Remove from oven. Rub each slice with the cut side of the garlic clove. Season lightly with a sprinkle of sea salt if desired. 
Top each slice with tomato mixture. 
Eat. 



Friday, July 10, 2015

Napa Cabbage and Arugula Salad with Microgreens and Berries

What's all this talk about microgreens? 



Napa Cabbage and Arugula Salad with Microgreens and Berries
My latest growing endeavor is happening inside. Microgreens and baby greens are becoming my favorite garden products because they are so easy and fast to grow, taste great and are packed with nutrients. We've been eating them on salads all week.

This salad is loaded with all the good nutrients that come from our favorite cruciferous vegetables, and no empty calories. Napa cabbage replaces lettuce as the foundation, and then it is piled high with broccoli microgreens, baby arugula, raspberries, blackberries and sunflower seeds  It doesn't really constitute a recipe, just use as much as you want of each ingredient.

I am a blue cheese fanatic, so I went with a little dollop of creamy dressing, but you might choose a healthier vinaigrette or just a drizzle of olive oil with some lemon.

The microgreens and baby arugula may not be easy to find in the grocery store. If you do get lucky and find them  be prepared to pay dearly. If you skip buying the greens and invest in some sprouting seeds instead, you will save yourself a boatload of money. Micro and baby greens can be grown indoors all year long, so you can always have a fresh supply of whatever you want.. You get all the benefits of fresh, healthy greens with none of the cost.




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