Getting Back To The Basics

A place to show the changes in our yard, our garden, our home, and our life.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Lentil Soup with Chard

I got some pretty rainbow chard in my veggie box. I've never cooked with chard before. I may have eaten it in the past but I really don't know. I found a yummy recipe that works well on cold, crummy days like today.
Rainbow Chard all chopped up and ready to roll. So pretty.
 The stems chopped up.
 The finished product!

Pretty tasty!
Note to future self: Chop the leafs up smaller.
I'm going to freeze the leftovers for a rainy day.
The Recipe!

After dinner we cracked open some canned peaches I preserved late last summer, topped with a splash of cream. Made me think of gramma. She'd be pretty proud of those peach preserves in my pantry.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Time to focus on an edible landscape

This may be the year we get the back yard mostly done. I've found a company that specializes in edible landscaping. For those who don't know what that is, the plants they recommend and bring in bare something you can bring to the table. They also do the hardscape plans and work which is something I really need. I've emailed them and they gave me some basic 1 2 3 steps for how the process generally works. I think I'll call them out here at the end of the month.

In the mean time, I need a list! Things I like enough to bring up with these folks to see what would work with  our space and what wouldnt. I know I won't get all of these things. I just need to itemize what sounds appealing.

The following will definitely find its way into my garden ~

Negronne Fig - aka Violette du Bordeaux - this one is a  must have. I might get greedy and plant two with the 2nd one being peters honey fig

Quince Tree - this one might be a must

Edible Roses - did you know roses are edible? Well, they are. That link holds some roses that have good hips for eating purposes apparently. To be honest I dont know what I'd do with said hips but I love roses so I think I should find a way to bring in some edible roses into this landscaping project. I think I'd prefer a climbing rose with a double bloom.

Weeping Santa Rosa Plum - it's a dwarf. It's weeping. It grows plums. It's a winner.

El Dorado Peach - dwarf, does well in this climate in the ground or in a pot. This gardener is in the same climate and keeps theirs in a pot, but under a cover when the weather turns so it doesnt get leaf curl. I'm so getting one (potted).

My "maybe" list 
Of the below maybe list of pretty things, I'm guessing up to three will be chosen. I'm not too worried about items that can go in pots. It's the ones that need to be in the ground and get large in size that I have to think about.

Improved Meyer Lemon - grows in a pot. Grows lemons. The only reason this is going in the maybe section is because it needs to go indoors when it turns cold. Everything I've read says to  put it in a window with good southern exposure. Well all our southern exposure windows are blocked by our neighbors house. Not sure how well that would work.

Weeping Mulberry - It's weeping. I dunno. Maybe. Maybe not. With my santa rosa that may we enough weeping trees.

Jujube - dont know. need to do homework.

Medlar Tree - this sounds very cool. There are dwafy varieties I could look into, as well as pruning to keep it down. Great raw, as jams, etc.

Paw paw - this is another one that sounds really cool. I dont think these trees get very big, Need to do more reading on them but they sound awesome.

Pineapple Guava - sounds interesting. Would do well in a pot but would have to bring inside in the winter. This local forum gives me hope for the smaller nikita variety.

Guava - dont know. need to do homework.

Izu Persimmon - this is a dwarf variety, 12-15' tall and may thrive in a container. Does well in our climate. non-astringent (crisp, like an apple). Good raw, in chutneys, salsas, jam.. lots of things

Pomegranate - this is super close to making it to the 'definitely' list. I just need to talk to the people who know stuff about varieties, size, pot vs ground, and more importantly - any prayer of fruit? I have a feeling the answer to that last bit is a big fat NO. Sad. At the very least you get very pretty flowers. I am still contemplating the eversweet pom.

Things I already have (and want to keep) ~

Several Varieties of Hebe bushes

Several varieties of dwarf japanese maples

Two large hydrangeas

A large rose of sharon (this is probably on the keep list)

Serpentine Flowering Cherry - i just love its shape.

A dwarf lilac