Saturday, October 22, 2016

Trying something new this year! Fall Rye cover crop from West Coast Seeds - Rye is a soil builder. This cereal grain grows quickly in the fall and survives winter weather even in zone 3. It bursts into growth in the spring so try to turn under or cut back before it reaches 30cm (12″). It is harder to turn under when it is 1m (3′) tall. Extensive roots loosen topsoil and improve drainage. Plant Fall Rye cover crop seeds in mid September for best results, but fall rye will germinate as late as early November. Seed no deeper than 5cm (2″).

 Benefits:Cereal rye produces several compounds in its plant tissues and releases root exudates that apparently inhibit germination and growth of weed seeds. These allelopathic effects, together with cereal rye's ability to smother other plants with cool weather growth, make it an ideal choice for weed control.Tilled under is excellent mulch and prevents soil erosion.

 Nutrient catch crop. Rye is the best cool-season cereal cover for absorbing unused soil N. It has no taproot, but rye’s quick-growing, fibrous root system can take up and hold as much as 100 lb. N/A until spring, with 25 to 50 lb. N/A more typical (422). Early seeding is better than late seeding for scavenging N Rye increases the concentration of exchangeable potassium (K) near the soil surface, by bringing it up from lower in the soil profile

#covercrop #fallrye #nutrientcatchcrop #mulch #westcoastseeds

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Re-purposing old window frames for a peatrellis! #peatrellis #garden #peas

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Autumn salad for lunch~ "Candice's Dandelion Greens and Curry Quinoa Salad, from the cookbook "Clean Green Eats" by Candice Kumai
I didn't have any corn, so roasted some edamame beans instead, and I used arugula from the garden in place of dandelion greens.

2 cups cooked quinoa
1 cup arugula (or dandelion greens)
1 shallot thinly sliced (I used a red onion)
1 cup grilled corn kernels (I used edamame)
2 Tb fresh mint leaves
6 oz firm tofu (I used smoked tofu from Soya Nova Tofu Shop - 

Whisk together tamari honey dressing:
2 T extra virgin olive oil, 1 Tb tamari, 1 tsp curry powder,  juice of 1 lime, 1 Tb honey

pour over the quinoa and toss and add the rest of the ingredients.

This will be delicious for lunches for the next couple of days!

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Tomato Time!!

 cherry tomato vine made it to the top of the porch!

tomato forest
going to make salsa fresca!!

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Kale Dip from Superfood Snacks: 100 Delcious Energizing and Nutrient Dense Recipes by Julie Morris

If you grow kale, you can never have enough kale recipes! this one is a gooder: it uses 6 cups of kale! It is from the Superfood Snacks cookbook by Julie Morris: There are tons of great kale recipes in this book

It's super easy to make and super delicious - I added some red pepper flakes, too for heat.
Just put 1/2 cup of raw cashews, 1 Tb of miso and 1/2 cup of water in a blender or food processor. Saute 1 cup of finely chopped onion, 1/2 tsp cumin and a pinch of cayenne, add 6 cups of chopped kale to wilt. Pour in the cashew mixture and cook 3-4 minutes, stirring. Put everything back into the blender and add 2 Tb lemon juice, 1 Tbs of nutrional yeast and pulse ( don't puree). add salt and red pepper flakes to taste. Eat it hot with crackers etc.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

cauliflower and kale chowder

 All 6  of the orange cauliflowers matured at once (seemingly overnight!) and with a LOT of kale in the yarden, it was necessary to google kale + cauliflower and was happily surprised to  find a plethora of recipes that incorporate both veggies!

 I decided on kale  and cauliflower kale chowder from Tomato boots:

I had some homemade broth in the freezer ( I try to always have it in there just for this reason!) I added potatoes to thicken the chowder instead of using flour, and put the cauliflower in at the end with the kale as it cooks so quickly.  Served with some lime, green onion, cornchips and cheese, it is delicious!

I really love the orange colour of these 'Sunset' cauliflowers - seeds were purchased through West Coast Seeds: