Friday, November 26, 2010

Thanksgiving Dinner 2010

We thoroughly enjoyed ourThanksgiving dinner 2010 with our neighbors and their family. We traveled to Lake Tarpon, Anderson Park, near Tarpon Springs, FL on a gorgeous warm day. This was a Chamber of Commerce day because Florida's sun was shining, the air a comfy 82 degrees, and the flora and fauna were in high display.

Lucky are we there are so many great cooks in this family for they brought a variety of tasty dishes. Of course, I shared the bounty from our garden--three kinds of lettuces, green onions, and radishes in a salad full of veggies, raisins, cheese. We had smoked turkey, roast turkey, ham, and smoked venison and lots of pies. Deeee-licious!

Friendly, curious ducks swam by on several occasions while a couple of small alligators lounged in the waters. I think they had their eyes on the pet dogs on shore, not the turkey feast, but too lazy to come close.
It was a delightful, memorable day. Thank you Bartons!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Radishes, Lettuce, Onions, Oh My!

Super salad with fresh grown veggies from our garden...radishes, lettuce, onions, and spinach. I added craisins and slivered almonds too. A refreshing lunch on this warm day in Florida. The lettuces are growing healthy, strong and lots of it. No rabbit problems lately...Hooray!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Toilet Paper and Beet Seeds

Yes, this is Scott's toilet paper with beet seeds glued to it.

My ever resourceful DH is using toilet paper to plant beet seeds. He mixes flour and water in the cap of a gallon milk jug, lays out the TP on the table, dips the beet seed into the flour glue with tweezers and then sets the seed in a row. After they are glued on, he gently folds the paper over, digs a trench in the garden soil, and places the strip into the ground and covers.

This method of planting beets is certainly easier on the back and knees. He also plants radish seed this way now too. He experimented this summer in our Michigan garden using newspaper, but the little roots couldn't get through the newspaper. The TP is perfect for the roots to establish themselves.

My DH also mentioned that after the seed sprouts, remove extra sprouts in order to make a nice size beet.