Radishes: from Seedling to Snacking!

Gardening

Last fall, I was very lucky to wander into the dollar store just when the clearance seeds were running. I don’t like to purchase dollar store seeds at full price because they just don’t germinate reliably and there are so few seeds per packet, but at pennies, what’s the harm in trying it? I purchased spinach, which I have already blogged about here, and a packet of radish mix.

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I planted them in a row. After thinning them, I put the radish thinnings into a recipe! My goal is to waste as little as possible.

The radishes were ready for harvest in just a month. Here they are, sitting on top of my white yarrow plant:

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I confess, they did not make it into a dinner. I washed them off and had them as a snack that afternoon. They were so tasty and zesty! (And I’m the only one in the household who likes them.)

Wild Violets Back for Another Year

Gardening

This photo was taken a little while ago. Now, the plants are bushy and about 1 foot tall!

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When I first started this garden, I was pleased to see the little wild violets survive tilling and re-establish themselves in the new garden bed. I think those plants could survive the end of the world.  They have yummy leaves and little flowers that have sweet-tasting centers, and both parts sometimes go in my salads and other recipes. Euell Gibbons claims they are high in vitamins.

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To ensure that I have wild violets in my garden every year, I leave a minimum of 2/3 the flowers I see. The flowers hide under leaves, so I know I’m leaving more of that. I take a couple flowers and leaves from all over the garden to ensure I don’t wipe out any particular plant. This year, I only made a few salads including violets in hopes of making the plants even stronger and more numerous next year.

Angelique Tulips, Early in Their Bloom

Gardening

My beautiful tulips have bloomed again this year! Early in their bloom, they are the palest pink, and they grow stronger in color as they mature. Angelique tulips are my favorite variety of tulips. I love how frilly and delicate they look. I got a bag of them at a hardware store a couple of years back, but I’d plant a whole field of these if I could.

Hiding in the background you may see wild violets and dandelions. I let both of sometimes-called weeds live in my garden so that I can harvest and eat them.

Embroidering Sage Sleeveless Wrap Dress

Sewing

Previously

Sage Linen Dress In-Progress

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First layer of embroidery for the waist seam

Linen is an ancient fiber- one that has bee n used by Europeans for thousands of years. It’s also one of my favorite fibers to wear because of its beautiful drape and how it always feels cool on your skin.

I’ve decided to embroider this lovely sage linen wrap dress in the viking style, ornamenting the seams with a variation of the herringbone stitch using a brighter blue thread.(It’s almost a flax flower blue.)

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First layer of embroidery (flaxflower blue) at waist next to the second layer color choice (sky blue)

Embroidering a whole garment is new to me. I’ve only ever really done embroidery on squares and small pieces of fabric. This is going to be an exciting and fun project where I improve my skills!

The Bee Balm is Alive!

Gardening

The original seedlings for the bee balm that I planted last year were, unfortunately, grew too tall and not leafy enough, eventually catching some type of mildew several months after being planted in the ground. I thought that was the end of them, but I’ve found patches of their lemony-scented leaves all over my little flower patch this year, and it looks so much healthier! I have bee balm again, and I am overjoyed. I’ve liked this flower since I was a child, and it is a flower beloved by pollinators. Hopefully, this year it will bloom and bring all the little bees to my garden, where they’ll stop by the vegetables and increase my harvest.

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The seeds are from Baker Creek (Bee Balm – Spielarten Mix)