Monthly Archives: July 2009

Another Fanciful Harvest

Posole soon! I almost have enough tomatillos.
And check out the wee grape tomatoes. They are incredibly sweet as you can imagine.
I am also still collecting broccoli, the hearty little plant is like the Little Engine That Could, still producing!
Next year I will devote a whole square foot bed to broccoli.
And I collected a bunch more basil for more pesto to freeze.

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Super Chini

Our house has been under the weather the past few days so I have not gotten out to pick some veggies from the garden. I went out today to check on the garden and this is what I found under the expansive zucchini leaves.

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To give you an idea of the size, here is a standard size apple. I measured the largest zucchini and it’s 17″ long and the largest end is 16″ in diameter. Holy Zucchini!

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Food, Inc

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If you have the opportunity to see this movie, please do! I had the opportunity to view it this past thursday and I am very grateful that I did. The film was overall moving and incredibly enlightening about how the food industry really is not being regulated perhaps with our best interests in mind. And it covers practices that are occurring now, and have been for a while, that could kill us and have killed some. There are a lot of disturbing facts and destructiveness (against animals against consumers and against the poor and those just trying to get ahead in life) in this movie that has my mind reeling a bit.

A few “things” I carried away from the film:

I will continue to grow as much as I can at home. If I cannot grow it I will continue buy only from local farmers who grow organic and raise grass fed beef with no hormones or antibiotics. Chickens that are grass and grain fed, cage free and that are not injected with hormones and antibiotics. The same for pork.

The hardest change of lifestyle for me…
As hard as this is for a tired mama of 3 little kids, I will strive to not feed my children fast food. It truly is an area of our food industry that is there to make money and the leaders and regulators of our food industry are not there to protect us. It appears they are here to protect the 4 power house food producers.
Yes that is right there are 4 gigantic food producers that pretty much control all of the food in the world, very scary. Also a lot of the folks who are our politicians that are supposed to be lobbying for our rights are also on the boards of these major corporations, who can you trust?? Buy locally and be informed about what you are eating. If anything we NEED to protect our children. And we cannot it seems trust the USDA and the FDA to protect us and our families- Can we really trust that they have our best interests in mind if some of those folks are on the boards of the mass food producers as well? Very frightening…very frightening.

**This movie talks about how corn is being fed to cows. Cows are not biologically able to process corn. Instead they are supposed to eat grass and when they are fed corn (it’s cheaper and permits a large number of cows to be squeezed into a small space versus having the need for space to grow grass.) When cows are fed corn, their bodies engineer a strain of E Coli. As you can imagine the implications from this…SEE THE MOVIE-Seriously!
**Chickens are being gentically altered so that they grow bigger breasts, everyone wants their boneless, skinless chicken breast aye? They are also growing them very rapidly with hormones. And they are so heavy and deformed that they can only take about three steps and then they fall to the ground. They shove a huge number of altered chickens into a chicken house that usually has no windows or any extra space for the chickens to roam free.

Not sure where to find restaurants, farmers, markets that don’t support these practices? Go to the Eat Well Guide and enter in your zipcode. It is an awesome resource that provides, “local, sustainable and organic” resources for the consumer.

I am off my soapbox now. Take Care.

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Green Tomatoes And An Update

I collected some green tomatoes and another ginormous zucchini from the garden. I fried them up for dinner, they were wonderful!

I know my blogging has been inconsistent as of late. There have been a few things going on in my life that have squashed my excitement with gardening. I do not expect this to last long but nonetheless my vision and passion have been fogged over with life’s difficulties.

One thing this week though that has me excited and is getting me “back on track,” is the realization that I have food that can be retrieved from my garden every single night for dinner. I seemed to plant enough vegetables to meet this need and to still be able to give some away. I am very excited and motivated by this realization. I am also encouraged to start my plan for next year. I have learned so much this year and I cannot wait to plan for next year.

This weekend I have a plan for planting pumpkin seeds. But first I must clear a way a lot of weeds and overgrowth to make room. I also need to clear all the weeds out of the Pizza Garden.

I know I have said I am going to start canning and saving seeds this year but I think I am going to spend some time studying the processes of canning and seed saving this year and then next year I will begin to can and begin to start saving seeds. Upon reading about seed saving, I read that in seed saving you will want to save seeds of heirloom vegetables and not hybrid. Since most of my seeds are hybrids currently I will need to wait until next year when I buy need seeds, making sure they are heirloom varieties.

Also, I have been meaning to take pictures of my CSA share as I pick it up, but that has yet to take place. I do not like this but it seems to be the way it is going. After we pick up our share on Saturdays we usually, as a family, go to the park or just stay out of the house for a while. By the time I get home I have forgotten all about taking a picture and by that time the vegetables are often a bit wilted from being in the car. Oh and the fruit is often partially eaten because we usually have enjoyed it while out.

At any rate, although some of my goals for this blog have changed my overall vision for it is still on track. I am excited to keep moving forward and planting some vegetables for the fall.

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Zucchini

Zucchini takes a very short time to grow. Seriously in a few weeks after sowing the seeds you will have a full grown vegetable. Here is my oldest holding 2 harvested zucchini from the garden. These veggies were over a foot long, amazing, after just 5 weeks of growing.

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Harvested Carrots and Beets

I harvested some of the carrots and beets yesterday.

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