Monthly Archives: October 2012

A cool day for some garden clean-up.

Temperatures have been in the 40s the past few mornings. This makes it very difficult to get out of bed except to run downstairs and let Gus out just long enough to do his business.

By noon, it’s warmed up to the 60s so I took the opportunity to clean out the vegetable beds and seed them with arugula or rocket.

Arugula is a cool season green with a spicy bite! What I don’t eat will be dug in as a green manure.

The first step is to rake the beds from all four sides. I rake the top couple inches loose and pull the soil toward the side I am working from. I do this from all four sides.


I then removed any large roots and stems. There were also two maple seedlings so they were potted up and moved to the nursery.


The soil was raked level. In the Spring I will add fresh compost and leaf mulch to improve the soil’s drainage and nutrients. I am lucky that the previous owner of the house for 40 years was a gardener and had really improved the clay soil.

I then seeded the beds heavily with the arugula.


There were a few green tomatoes and jalapeños to harvest. All the plant material went to the compost pile.


I don’t usually like perfumy soaps but I am on my last bar of Nekkid Girl lavender soap and I love it. It smells so good! I purchased about 5 bars of different botanical soaps from Miranda and I have enjoyed them all.


Ahhhh! Now off to Cup-A-Joe for an iced mocha double latte!


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Roots and things you find underground.

As I was dividing overgrow plants it reminded of some of the unusual parts of plants you find underground.

Pachysandra and stolons.


Stolons are stems which grow at the soil surface or just below ground. Plants use these to grow into large colonies.

Root-tubers of daylilies.


A tuberous root or storage root, is a modified lateral root, enlarged to function as a storage organ.

Cleistogamous flowers of violets


Cleistogamous flowers are self-pollinated flowers that do not open and lack petals. They never open and go straight to seed production. This clump of common violet has about 20 or so at ground level. This must explain why they multiply by seed so fast?

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Curry rice for dinner.

So I was looking around the kitchen for dinner and saw a few leftovers that I could pull together into something.

Curry Rice

1) I started off heating olive oil on medium heat. Once is shimmers, I add half of an onion that was in the refrigerator. Add salt and pepper to season.


2) After the onions have softened, add the rice and stir until the oil is absorbed. About 5 minutes.


3) Once the oil has been absorbed, add enough broth to cover the rice. Stir to incorporate.


4) Cook until absorbed and stir often. I added a tablespoon each of curry powder and turmeric. I like things spicy!


5) After the broth has been absorbed add more to cover the rice, stir to incorporate and then cover the pan and turn to low.

6) Once the broth has been absorbed its ready. You can add meat or broccoli and cauliflower, if you wish.

And if I had a piece of naan bread it would be perfect but I am in for the night!



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