Category Archives: my garden

Saturday morning hash browns (aka “Queen of the flippin’ hashers”)

A couple of weeks ago I picked a zucchini and a squash and some tomatoes out of my garden and really wanted to eat them for breakfast. I thought about putting them in my scrambled eggs, but that seemed a little boring, so here’s what I did instead:

Ingredients:
1 medium zucchini, sliced into medium rounds
2 roma tomatoes, diced small
frozen hash browns
3-4 strips of bacon
your favorite shredded cheese
salt
pepper
butter

Pre-heat the oven to 400.

In an oven-safe saute pan, fry the bacon until it’s as done as you like it. Pull it out and put it on a plate to drain, but keep the bacon grease in the pan. Add enough butter to the grease to give you a good turn of the pan’s worth of fat. Pour in a decent layer of hash browns, and season with salt and pepper. Chop (or crumble) the bacon while the hash browns are cooking. Fry the hash browns without stirring until golden on the bottom, then slide them in one piece onto a plate. Add more butter to the pan. Lay in the zucchini rounds. Sprinkle on the bacon. Take the plate of hash browns and flip it over into the pan so that the uncooked side of the hash browns is directly on top of the bacon and the cooked side is facing up. Sprinkle with cheese and tomatoes and stick it in the oven until hot and melted. Enjoy! 🙂

One medium pan’s worth is enough for two people to eat for breakfast without needing anything else. Add eggs, toast, and fruit, and you have enough for three or four.

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it’s time to garden!!

It’s so beautiful outside today, and there’s so much sunshine! I just can’t not be outside putting seeds into the garden. We’re tackling the side bed today, putting in columbines (these and these), nasturtiums for some vining fun, ipomosis, and alyssum.

Later, I’ll be getting other started indoors: broccoli, mini red bell peppers, San Marzano tomatoes, an heirloom tomato that I saved seeds from this summer, strawberries, lavender, rosemary, begonias, and a couple of hibiscus plants.

Perfect accompaniment for the Harry Potter marathon on TV tonight. 🙂

Summer’s Bounty

I must be truthful and admit that I didn’t grow this amazing produce. It came from my local farmer’s market. I had so much of it on Saturday that I just had to pile it up and snap a pic. Doesn’t it look amazing?

Farmer's Market 1

Way cool

So, I stopped on a plant nursery on the way home to pick up a few more flower seeds. I was hoping for marigolds and primroses, but the pickin’s are still kinda slim. I could understand that in some place cold, but here in the South…? Don’t get it.

Anyhow, I got some larkspur, some sweet peas for our new lamp post, and something called fragrant stock. And I got some dahlias too, big ones called Caribbean Fantasy and Strawberry Ice. I want to eat that one. 🙂

And when I got home I discovered that the cucumber that was peeking out this morning is standing up tall and the tomatoes are comin’ right up!

But the really exciting thing is the plant I found at the nursery. I wasn’t even looking for plants. I was wandering around trying to find someone who could tell me how to store my dahlia tubers, and I found this plant. It’s a Euphorbia wulfenii.

Euphorbia wulfenii plant

Isn’t it cool?! It’s so architectural, like a palm tree with flowers on top.

Here’s a shot of the blossoms.

Euphorbia wulfenii blossoms

And best of all…the gardener said that it even makes little baby plants.  🙂

And up they come!

I planted seeds on Tuesday. The first seedlings poked their little heads out on Thursday. And here they are today.  🙂

Seedling 1

Seedling2

New every year

It’s amazing every year. I line up the pots, fill them with dirt, stick dead, dried-up little seeds in them, and in two weeks give or take a little, I have live, green, growing things. I suppose it’s kind of cliched to talk about seedlings like this every spring, but the eight year old inside me is still wowed by it every. single. time. I look at the different seed shapes and imagine the plants that will grow, and I think to myself that we have one really cool God.

plants in trays

seeds in trays 2

It’s that time again…

I realized it when I stopped by the garden store to grab some clippers and get some advice on salvaging the bulbs that I got last year but didn’t know when to plant. (If that sounds strange to you, here in the South, planting bulbs isn’t so easy. It freezes in December, then goes back up to the 70s in February and then freezes again in March, so bulbs are more like annuals than perennials.)

So while I was at the garden store, I expeditiously picked up a a big ole bag of potting soil and a package of strawberry seeds to go in the beds at our new house. (A post on that will follow soon, as soon as I can get some pictures.) And I stopped at Lowe’s and grabbed some trays that they were going to throw away to use for my seed starting trays. And I stopped at the grocery store to grab food for dinner and two packages of styrofoam cups (far superior to peat pots–no mold!) and a package of plastic coated freezer paper to line my trays with to catch the water. And now I’m home and looking at all of my seeds trying to decide what to plant first.

If I get them planted tomorrow, I should see the first flower seedlings in about two weeks and the first of the veggies shortly thereafter. The strawberries will take longer, probably four weeks.

I can’t wait. 🙂