It was great to see you at Solano Community Garden this morning "B". Here's what we're doing in the garden... We're drawing our spring plan and will also be sowing more seeds indoors for spring/summer tomorrow.
We'll be sure to sow an extra brandywine for you :)
1.) We're harvesting greens every two days. 2.) Making yummy kale chips every week. Still can't believe that children love them! 3.) Thanks to Warren & Lovejoy for graciously bartering with us. We've had some yummy dishes prepped with those limes, thanks guys! 4.) When you got flour make Indian Naan and beans!! Super delicious and simple. 5.) Still lots of greens in the garden. 6.) Got seeds? Grow sprouts to eat. 7.) Raw vegan apple pie. 8.) Homegrown organic apple. 9.) Thank you Milagro Allegro Garden! Community handed me tomatoes, peas and collards the day I was giving seedlings away. Funny coincidence, the community has no idea of our venture, talk about scoring at the right time. I was already convinced we were going to run out of food by the end of this week and would have to opt out of our venture. 10.) Garden keeps pumping 50% of what we eat!
Yesterday's turnout was an awesome success! All winter seedlings and 95% of the summer seedlings have found homes (hint, hint, I still have about 40 early girl tomatoes and 50 parsley :) Calling all school gardens... I'm happy to drop these off.
Yes, folks I was giving thousands of seedlings away, all thanks to the Master Gardening Program and Master Gardener Mud Baron (mind you, may I add one of the coolest geekest Master Gardeners I've met yet :) Mud is awesome, he raises thousands of dollars for L.A. Unified Schools to have GARDENS!!!! YAY!!! The local growers love him so much that they will literally give him thousands of seedlings at one time! So that's how those seedlings got to you, even after I had set aside several seedlings for the children programs I'm leading. Google Mud Baron and check out his long history in giving back to the children and mother earth :)
Now a few pix...
Master Gardener Mud Baron
1.16.10 Seedling Giveaway Milagro Allegro Community Garden
It was a true pleasure talking to you in person Shatbox, you left me inspired... Can't wait to cross paths with you again :)
Nicole Gatto Director of Milagro Allegro Without her, there wouldn't be a garden. We appreciate you Nicole! (Nicole gray shirt on the right)
Going to go play outside all day, YAY!!! Have a great one...
There’s still time to transplant your favorite winter herbs and vegetables.
Please join me as I will be giving away herb, vegetable and flower seedlings this Saturday 1/16/10 from 2-4pm for community members at Milagro Allegro Community Garden. Also receive quick tips on how to transplant and care for your seedlings.
You read this blog? Cool, we have several organic veggie seedlings we'd love to give to you, yep for FREE!!! Why??? hmmm, because everyone deserves to know what freshly home grown veggies taste like in their lives :) These seedlings were obtained through the Master Gardener's Common Ground program.
Here's the catch!
You must be a Los Angeles County Resident :) & Make me smile ;) Send some photos of what you guys are growing :). It doesn't matter if it's one potted non-edible plant or a landscaped edible garden. I simply enjoy seeing what others are growing :)
The sugar snap pea and the rest of his juicy family that satisfied our palates on New Years day...
Tip: The more you pick the more flowers & peas the vine produces...
Dinner ~ Stir fried home grown veggies & tofu that had been sitting in the fridge while we were out of town.
Several hand bunches of mixed lettuces with several fresh herbs, such as basil, garlic chives, cilantro, parsley, and papalo accompanied by Bragg's Liquid Aminos and a squirt of lemon went great with lunch & dinner January 2nd.
Tip: Harvest leaves, not the entire head for continuous harvest. If leaves taste bitter, try letting them sit in water for several minutes after harvesting. That usually releases the bitterness from the leaves.
Jan. 3rd. Breakfast we had oranges from Hillside Co-op Produce. Lunch ~ Bowl of lentils with salad. Dinner ~ Quinoa Angel Hair Pasta, meatless-balls, and greens from the garden.
Jan. 4th. Breakfast ~ Tiny delicious apple... yum, nothing like the taste of 2min. old apple! Lunch ~ Huge green salad, garbanzo beans, leftover yellow split peas. Snack ~ Cocao shake with spirulina, dates, shredded coconut, kelp powder, flax seed powder, parsley powder, alfafa powder, dried pineapple, and frozen mango. Supper ~ Huge green salad and crunchy veggie lasagna. Confident we'll make it through the month without breaking our pledge!!!
Peace & happy New Year. May your life be full of positive experiences & prosperity. We feel very prosperous with how our garden is. Even though there's constant battles with natures small garden nemesis like aphids and nematode and the large, havoc bearing garden enemies like raccoons & grub digging opossums, we still have much success. Sometimes when we're in the garden, our attention is only focused on what's not doing as well as it could. Sometimes we don't see how great the garden really is doing. When we look at photos of the garden, we're as stunned and impressed as anyone else would be seeing them for the first time.
Here we are in January and we are eating apples (of course little, but man, so good) some cherry tomatoes, still harvesting habaneros, eating the first of the snap peas right on the spot (they don't make out of the garden), so much lettuce & sorrel, and the kale... we really have food in our backyard. So we came up with the idea of emulating our eating as if we lived 100 miles from town. Eating will mean really depending on our garden. Buying mostly whole & bulk foods, nuts and items like olive oil, liquid aminos (stuff to prepare the food) from the store. We're only going to the store 1 day a month for food with $250. Everything else we eat is from the garden or trade. This month, we're only eating what we have left in the house. Even though it's the 4th of January, we started on the 1st. I wanted to break the concept down to you before we started logging in our progress. We will be taking daily accounts of the garden and how much time we're out there, what we harvest, and what/ how we eat.
Living simple in the city of Los Angeles California, Milli & Eric have swung their lifestyle towards a sustainable approach. Our goal is to live as sustainable as possible one step at a time, and share it with you. Our successes and the challenges we face on our path of independence will be for all to learn and experience.