Sunday, August 2, 2009


So we've been getting 3lbs of peaches for a couple weeks now at the CSA.

The NYT had some recipes with roasted peaches. I'm not recipe follower but I tried roasting them with onions and beets with just salt and olive oil and then with some rice. Not bad but not quite what I was expecting. Better if you can get the skin off.
I cared less for the peaches when roasted with yellow/green squash.

I've found peaches and raisins make a great combo! Jumbo organic raisins were great with sliced peaches in a salad or cooked with quinoa, cinnamon, cumin, and garlic.

The CSA garlic was incredible, big and potent…a single clove was actually too much. I've put the extra half on my window sill to see if it will discourage mosiquotes.

Sunday, July 26, 2009


The biggest Tomato plant officially has flowers!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009


Okay, so I picked up CSA food Thursday.
Tuesday night I took the broccoli out of the crispy bin and it has mold on it.
Is this how fast food without chemicals goes bad?

On the plus side, I ate all the blueberries before I got home.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Farm Food

So some thoughts about all this farm food business.

No. 1} Put your veggies in the fridge as soon as you get home.
It's a long trip home from the LES to Bushy, the subway and walking, humidity.
They can do a number on those green leaves. Put them in the fridge before you
make any imbibing plans at your favorite local establishment.

No. 2} It doesn't matter if the rain has caused you to relapse to your
favorite winter comfort foods of pasta and potatoes. You just picked up bags of green
things. EAT them. Don't go buying other food you want.

No. 3} The strawberries at the McCarren farmers market were better than the ones from my
share…I do know berries are fairly new to my CSA's Farm, will not judge too harshly yet. McCarren also had giant bunches of radishes for $1.…

No. 4} Scapes. We got scapes last week. Superb. I had never had them before so I just sauteed them in olive oil and salt (Kosher of course). I added them to my potato salad I've been obsessed with lately. Scrumptious I did it a second time but with sauteed radishes as well and added hard boiled eggs.

CSA Pics

Pics from the first farm share a couple weeks a go. This is what I took home.
The purple thing: kohlrabi…just went into the compost I think it's just like a cabbage
so naturally wasn't all that excited about that since I already had cabbage in the fridge.
Scallions were great(look like fingers!), lettuce too all very green and crisp.


Tomatoes survived their transplants.
I added some of my compost so they look quite perky these days.

Elephant Ears

Two of the Elephant Ears came up out back. It'll be interesting to see how big they get, they're mostly shaded by the huckleberry trees and the fence is covered in ivy. All this rain does help provide the tropical environment they so desire.

Spider Web

Strawberries and Herbs

Morning Glories

Monday, June 22, 2009

Latest + Greatest

Okay so I was slacking, check out older posts so you see everything I just added.
I don't want to overwhelm your senses so I will post the pictures of my first CSA
(Community Supported Agriculture) share later this week.
GG and I are splitting this colorful bounty of fruits + veggies!—Yummy


I save all my food scraps in the freezer. It's getting full, so I better
distribute some of the dirt I've got now.


One of the newest 180 Meserole family members.
He climbs well.



I need to separate and transplant these guys ASAP.
Orrr when it stops raining…


Might be even bigger now since the latest rain fall.


Lil guy went in a jar.

Cactus Surgery

He just didn't look safe anymore.


Sunday, May 10, 2009

Meadow Lane Lilac

Here is one of the lilacs Dad brought down from MA last month.
I'm going to move the slate bench that is buried in the forsythias over by
these three lilac shrubs I planted in the back corner of the yard.


Okay I don't think I've ever seen more than a few minutes of the 1990 movie Tremors
but this seems like it would fit. Our super is working on some drainage…i guess.

GiGi's Strawberry Bucket

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Brooklyn Debris

A lot of stuff has surfaced along with the bugs in our backyard…
On Sunday I wanted to plant my Lilac babies, clear the dog doo out of the way, ya know?
Well, I unearthed some bricks. Figuring I better make room for the future roots, I kept at it.
I got more digging to do and I need a better shovel.


I made some watercolor tags for our starters. They'll need some
twigs to sturdy them once they go in the ground for clear identification.

The Garlic


Two weeks ago we started various veggies and sunflowers.
I was happy to see the sunflowers show their face this weekend with the warm weather.

Sadly we had a lot of rain this week…they got a good bout of it by the time we brought
them inside.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Watch Our Garden Grow


George and I will be documenting our backyard and all of our lofty attempts at growing edible
vegetables and beautiful flowers. We have some grand ideas but of course we'll have to see what comes to fruition. Pictures to come!