Tuesday, February 28, 2017

I'm located in Payson, AZ, which is pretty much in the center of Arizona. At 5,100 ft elevation (at my house) we are still cold here now. It's still February (for one more day) and it's cold and grey and wet. But I got my seed orders, sent in my application for our Farmers Market (yea!), and can't help dreaming flowers. I sell fresh cut and dried herbs, fresh cut flowers, seedlings, and gluten free baked goods at the market. I haven't used this blog much for a long time, but am thinking I can make use of it for my business. I plan to expand the business somewhat this year, especially more seedlings and flowers
Things I may include on the site:
-Lots of flower pics
-Good seed sources
-Info on seed starting
-Pics of the seedlings and developing garden beds
-Pictures from the market
-What I expect to have each week once the market starts
-Recipes for gluten free goods
-Uses for herbs

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins
Gluten free

pre heat oven 375

1cup brown rice flour
1/2 cup oat flour
1/2 cup sorghum flour
2 tsp baking powder
1tsp salt
2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
 3/4 cup brown sugar
1cup white sugar

1/2 cup coconut oil
2 large eggs
15 oz can pumpkin puree
1/4 to 1/2 cup milk
1tsp vanilla extract
small bag mini chocolate chips

Mix dry ingredients in mixing bowl. Melt coconut oil in microwave, just till melted, stir into dry ingredients till barely combined. Beat eggs with vanilla, pumpkin, and 1/4 cup of milk. Add to dry ingredients/oil and stir well. Add additional milk as needed to form spoonable batter. Add chocolate chips.
Fill muffin tins nearly full, bake approximately 15 minutes, till set and lightly browned.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Seedchat sed swap- my list

Do you Twitter? There are some great gardening groups which have "tweet chats". One of them, #seedchat, is having a seed swap, and this is my list of what I have available.




Seeds I have to swap (mostly have some left that I bought from 2012 AND collected seed at end of summer):



Lakota winter squash- heirloom, bright orange w/green, golden colored flesh, sweet, cooks up soft.



Tigger melons- lovely small melons, striped like Tigger, smell heavenly when ripe, have a bad rap for not being very tasty but they just need heat. The ones that ripened in hot weather tasted great and were sweet,



Jericho romaine lettuce- bright green, holds up to heat pretty well.



Moon and Stars (the smaller, dark green strain) and Sugar Baby watermelon



Charentais melons- small, fragrant when ripe, taste great



Aunt Ruby's German Green tomato- heirloom, green when ripe

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

So many seeds, so little space

I've been going over the seed catalogs, and trying to decide what to buy. Actually, sometimes it seems more like what NOT to buy. I always want to grow everything.

I've tried to think about what we EAT the most of. Tomatoes win, hands down. So they get most of a raised bed. And they grow like mad once it warms up.
-Besides tomatoes, we eat a lot of broccoli, and salad things. Those are a problem to grow, however, in our area. I can't seem to get broccoli to produce anything more than tiny heads which are trying to bolt. I think it must be that there is so much temperature difference between night and day. 30 degrees difference is the norm, 40 is not too unusual, and 50 degrees difference is not unheard of. Broccoli just sits there if I put it in late Spring while the nighttime temps are still rather cold. It doesn't die, it just doesn't grow much. Then when it warms up in May-June it tries to bolt and I have to pick it small. The salad things grow pretty well in Spring, but once it gets full Summer (usually June) they tend to bolt, also.
-We use a lot of cilantro, but it's about impossible to grow here past May. Once it gets to be warm days it bolts.
Seeing a trend here?

-We all like green beans. So I am planning on trying a new french filet bean (pole), a runner bean, and possibly fitting in some bush beans here and there.

Last year I bought, from the Farmers Market, quite a few melons, several batches of okra, and several eggplants.  So I want to grow those (I had a few melons but no eggplant or okra). The melons will get a fair space, the eggplant and okra not as much.

-We use hot peppers, I cook with them, I make salsa, and I can always dry or can them. So jalapenos get space and so do some little hotter peppers. I don't bother with bells, they just won't get very big in our climate.

-The there's cucumbers. And squash. And I'd like a few tomatillos. And I'd like to try ground cherries.

And I'm totally bogged down here, even trying to LIST what I want to do. I'd better get this organized, or my husband may do an intervention. Oh, yeah. He wants corn.