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NO LETTUCE SALAD

NO LETTUCE SALAD

NO LETTUCE SALAD

I love eating salads. Growing and forging all my greens. The darker the green and the deeper the reds are great ways to add nutrition to your diet along with all the fiber. When forging for greens I use the younger leaves, they are more tender. Flowers are another free source of vitamins and nutrients. Beautiful and edible. Adding chia and raw pumpkin seeds kick it up a few notches. Asiago or feta cheese to top it off. YUMMY! Sometimes I also add salmon or chicken. These are the greens I used in this salad. Japanese red mustard, beet leaves, kale, dandelion, chickweed, lamb’s quarters, plantain, broccoli leaves, purslane and red amaranth. The flowers are Japanese red mustard, nasturtium, cilantro, borage, dill, and calendula. So pretty.

Of course make sure you get your wild greens from areas that do not spray pesticides or other chemicals.

Of course make sure you get your wild greens from areas that do not spray pesticides or other chemicals.

TTTT – TEA TIME TUESDAY TOUR

TTTT – TEA TIME TUESDAY TOUR

TTTT – TEA TIME TUESDAY TOUR

During my gardening season here in Wisconsin, zone 5, I am making weekly videos. They are titled TTTT – TEA TIME TUESDAY TOUR. They are located on my YouTube channel.

Here is a link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5skLKXtVOF0 to my latest gardening video. There are more that preceded this video. Please join me in my tours to see the latest blooms and harvests.

Enjoy my friends.
Smiles,
Lark

SPRING THAW – HEAT WAVE

SPRING THAW – HEAT WAVE

SPRING THAW – HEAT WAVE

Here in southeastern Wisconsin this week’s temps have been in the high 60’s F. We all know this will not last BUT it sure is like taking a vacation to a warmer climate. I have REALLY, REALLY been enjoying the sunshine. My daily yoga has been done on our south facing deck. I love the positive effects this weather has on my mind, body and Spirit. BUT I also know that it is not a positive thing for our planet. I do my best as far as helping Mother Earth recovery from so many bad things. I do want future generations to have what I have had in my life time.

My onion seeds are growing nicely. I have them outside on the deck during the day and in the house at night. Today I will go down to the hoop house and plant a few cold weather seeds. I have the time and the seeds, so I will give it a try. I will first mix some worm poop into the first few inches of the container soil and premoisten the soil before sowing the seed. I’ll let you know how this works out. The weather is going to be back down to our normal temps this week end. Possible SNOW. That is how it is in Wisconsin. I will be starting a few tomatoes and peppers soon. I’ll keep you posted.

Thank you for visiting me. Hopefully you can be starting your plants too. May love and kindness be in your day.

STARTING ONIONS FROM SEED

STARTING ONIONS FROM SEED

STARTING ONIONS FROM SEED

Hi my gardening friends. I’m back. The days are getting longer and that means more SUNSHINE. Wisconsin Winters are much too long, grey and cold.

January 25, I seeded my onions. I have selected two types on ‘long day’ onions. A yellow onion called Patterson. This variety is suppose to store well. Not real huge but flavorful. My other selection is Red Wing. I grew this last year and it did quite well. I still have a 5# bag down in my basement.

This year I have decided to plant the seeds in 4” pots. Which are 2” deeper than last year’s container. This should give me a better root system. I also didn’t crowd the seeds. Probably about 15 seeds per 4” pot. My potting mix is a light and airy ‘seed starting’ mix and I add worm castings. I use about 1 part worm castings to 4 parts seed starter. They germinated in about 8 days, using a heat mat and a clear tote with the cover on. This kept them evenly moist, but not wet. The tote is in my south facing windows.

Now that they are about 5” tall, I have removed the heat mat and the cover. Today I placed the tote outside on my deck in the sunshine. It was 45 degrees and the sides of the tote kept the plants protected from the wind. If it is under 45F and sunny, I will leave the tote top on and just ‘crack’ it a little so it doesn’t get too hot. In a week I will give the young plants a ‘hair cut’. Trimming the green growth to about 3”. I will use the clippings in my salad.

So now that my gardening season has begun, I am feeling like Spring could POSSIBLY be around the corner. BUT all of you that know Wisconsin weather, know that snow storms are quite likely. Still all in all, I am soooooooooooooo happy to have sunshine.

For other posts about my onions from years past, go to my forum and check it out. http://larksperennials.com/forum/vegetables/onions

HAPPY GARDENING my friends.

FEEDING THE SOIL

FEEDING THE SOIL

Feeding the soil is the base of having a healthy body. Building a rich nutrient rich soil feeds the plants which in turn feeds us. The circle of life. This time of the year I have a lot of ‘green’ matter to compost. Some goes onto the compost pile, others are spread for a mulch and some I dig in around a plant. When doing the digging in I make sure I am away from the root ball of the plant.

Worked in the garden spreading grass clippings in an area close to the house that I want to grow more EDIBLE weeds. I also dug in some of my kitchen scraps, shredded newspaper and then mulched with a thick layer of newspaper and grass clippings around my new plantings of daylillies. Making sure I didn’t get too close to the root ball with these FRESH kitchen scraps. It should break down over the next 9 months. It will then be a fertile soil and the daylillies NEW root growth will reach into this rich broken down soil. Feeding the daylilly great nutrients.

Those of you who have followed me know that I use the LASAGNA METHOD of amending my veggie beds. Soon that will be in full swing. Usually after the first heavy frost. So right now I am still doing the ‘chop and drop’ method of mulching my gardens. Saves me a lot of extra work and time.