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Salsa Garden Update

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May 23, 2011 | Gardening, Topics | Tags: , , , ,

Well, the salsa garden is in the ground.  We took the seedlings out of the cold frames a few weeks ago and have been slowly transplanting them into the ground ever since.  We’re hoping to be in full salsa-making-mode here soon!



DIY Pergola

Bringing home the wood

Laying out the slats

The poles

We have this rather exterior wall that faces the street and we thought it would be nice to have a Pergola adorned with Wisteria framing the window.  There were a few problems with that idea.  We couldn’t find a Pergola tall enough to go over the top of the window and we couldn’t find one we could afford.  (more…)


Confessions of a Cold Framing Salsa Gardener

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Apr 9, 2011 | Gardening, Topics | Tags: , , , ,

Snap Pea Transplants

How does my salsa garden grow?

Not good.

But, on the bright side, my snap peas are doing great! (more…)



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Mar 29, 2011 | Gardening, Saving Money | Tags: , ,

Recently I was poking around my kitchen trying to figure out what that stench was, suddenly it was obvious.  Ahh, the wonderful sights and smells of compost on your kitchen counter.  But, alas, we are dedicated salsa gardeners and we must endure the compost  hassles!



Our yard before planting flowers and trees

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Mar 25, 2011 | Free-for-all Friday, Gardening | Tags:

Fence Line Before
Our fence line along the road needs a hedge

Front House Before
Empty beds in front of the house

Mailbox Before
Weeds by the mailbox

We bought our house in July and decided to wait to see what happened with the foliage before doing anything drastic.  Well, most of our shrubs died and we weren’t terribly pleased with the look.  (more…)


Salsa Gardening Part 3

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Mar 12, 2011 | Gardening, Topics | Tags: , , ,

The sun is shining…the birds are chirping…

The guys are putting the finishing touches on the cold frames



Salsa Garden Part II–update

Cold frames are a little behind schedule, but almost done.  Just need to attach the windows to the frames with hinges and add handles.

Seedlings are planted and waiting patiently on my kitchen counter for the completion of the cold frames.  When the cold frames are complete (and our current rainy weather has passed), they will go inside of the cold frames (and off my kitchen counters!) out in our garden where they can get warmed by the sun.

I will be sure to update you again when the seeds are outside (and did I mention, off my kitchen counter?) and in our completed cold frames!

See Salsa Gardening Part I if you’re just joining us now!


Indoor gardening with kids

Helping put marbles in pots

Pots ready for dirt

Filled pots

I really like fresh herbs.  I recently fell in love with thyme and I decided to start an indoor herb garden.  I had a dream of my little girl and I watching the little herb plants sprout and grow stronger each day.  I thought it was something we might do as a project together. (more…)


Salsa Gardening Part I

Salsa is a favorite in our family, second only to cereal.  As a result, despite all my efforts to the contrary, we are regular patrons of Chili’s because their bottomless chips and salsa appetizer is very cost-effective way to feed a ravenous group of salsa-crazed guys.  In fact, we eat so much of this delicacy that we suggest our Chili’s servers just go ahead and bring out a few refills worth at once to save themselves the hassle of all the trips back to the kitchen–the only server who ever doubted the sincerity of this suggestion regretted her decision later.