Monday, June 25, 2012

Purslane! and Living Out of the Garden

Amy featured Purslane on her Homestead Revival blog recently. 
 If you garden, you've seen this weed.  I've pulled more than I care to remember.


 It is Purslane!  It contains more omega-3-fatty acids than any other leafy vegetable plant!
Research published by Simopoulos states that Purslane has 0.01 mg/g of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). This is an extraordinary amount of EPA for a land-based vegetable source. EPA is an Omega-3 fatty acid found mostly in fish, some algae, and flax seeds.[5] It also contains vitamins (mainly vitamin A, vitamin C, and some vitamin B and carotenoids), as well as dietary minerals, such as magnesium, calcium, potassium, and iron. Also present are two types of betalain alkaloid pigments, the reddish betacyanins (visible in the coloration of the stems) and the yellow betaxanthins (noticeable in the flowers and in the slight yellowish cast of the leaves). Both of these pigment types are potent antioxidants and have been found to have antimutagenic properties in laboratory studies.[6]   (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portulaca_oleracea)


It can be used in stews, soups, salads.  Here is a Salad Recipe.  Basically, purslane, tomatoes, salt and pepper, olive oil.  I used some Tuscan Italian salad dressing instead of olive oil.


 Made a salad for two to share.  And we did.  It was delicious!  Mister and I agreed.
Another ultimate thrift - that is delicious and healthy!


Dinner was tilapia with fresh basil/thyme/oregano and cauliflower from the garden! I sure do love summer!

Wishing you a wonderfully blessed summer day!

Carol

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

June's Note Card Party!...Summery Scenes!

Come one, come all! To June's Note Card Party at Vee's!
Her Note Card Parties are great fun!

Let's check out some Summery Scenes.
Places I like to spend my time in the summer include on our back porch (before I stained the railings white),

 puttering about in the garden (this "planter"'s bottom finally rusted out this year),

watching and waiting for the snowflake hydrangea to bloom.....and then the blooms slowly tinge to pink,



working in the kitchen, where I have places to put blooms that the cats "can't" reach!

Hope you are having a beautiful summer day where you are!

Carol

Garden Plot Tour

About 8 years ago, I put my name on a list to get a Community Garden Plot.  And this year, I finally got it! 

Here's what I started with. 


This is what it looks like today! 


Peas, beans, cabbage, cauliflower, corn, zucchini, tomatoes, zinnias, carrots, beets, cayenne peppers, jalapenos.

Waiting for the peppers to turn red.


The cabbage is so beautiful.  I can't stop looking at it!


I have staggered the corn crop so we won't be overwhelmed.  Same with the beans.


Can't wait for zucchini.


Mister put up the little picket fence we had from another project.  It'll help keep critters out, and reinforce the sturdy chicken wire that is already there.


The spiderwort and day lilies I planted in front of the fence are coming along slower than in our home garden.


May end up using the old wooden screen window as a gate. 


The plot is 25' by 50'.  It is the absolute weediest place I have EVER gardened.  I weed that whole thing about 3x a week.  What wonderful exercise!


Now if I'd just get that garage tour together that I promised long ago....

Monday, June 18, 2012

Daylilies by the Railing

I delight.....
in my day lilies......
growing up against.......
a white porch railing!
........just the effect I was going for.
I can see them as we eat dinner on the sun porch.  Or, as I sit on the back porch with my morning coffee.

Wishing each of you a blessed week!

Carol

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Garden Tour

This year, what with the back yard being dug up because of the garage project, I've been focusing on container gardening.  I've so enjoyed the petunias.  This container was the base for a fruit basket we were given a few years ago.  Punched a couple holes in the bottom, and voila!

When I sit out on this back porch I marvel at the lushness and color of the innumerable leaves.  A marvel, indeed.

The what-cha-ma-call-it was left behind by the previous owner.  I had spray painted it white, but this year, thought that red would pop against the new garage.  Put some of my potted flowers in it.  It makes for a pleasant wall garden.

The railings were originally stained wood.  When I re-stained a couple of years ago, I used a white stain.  Love how they pop.  The stain really holds up and there will be no peeling like you would have with paint!

The white railings above and below transform the "deck" into a two level porch.

The day lilies and spiderwort transplanted from elsewhere in the yard have really taken off.

The $3 garden on the left is coming along nicely. Lilies in the back, herbs in the front.
And the $3 pack of asparagus came up, too!

Hope you are having fun in the garden.  It sure does the heart good!

Carol

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

What I was up to Last Week

I was very busy last week. The result is a beautiful Rednesday post!


No before shots, as usual.  But I scraped,

sanded,

primed,

and painted the front porch floor!

Joining Sue for her delightful Rednesday party!

Hope you are having a marvelous week-
Carol

Friday, June 8, 2012

Cow Parsley

Uh oh.  Meant to post this for White Wednesday....but then had some issues with having used up all my photo storage?   Whatever.


We've cow parsley out back.  It looks a lot like Queen Anne's Lace. 


Cow parsley is extremely invasive.  I accidentally spread it to my in-laws' yard.  Oops.



I gathered some bottles to display them in the kitchen, out of cats' reach.  Two of the bottles were found in the back yard - the old milk bottle in the back, and the small bottle on the right.  Excavated with the garage build.


The flowers are so delicate and beautiful.  I enjoyed them all week long!


Wishing you a beautiful weekend, with lots of summer blooms!

Sunday, June 3, 2012

A Sink Garden

We had the old bathroom sink in the garage. I knew I'd find the perfect use for it!


Some of the brick stockpile was used to create a base.  Being a sink, the drainage hole is built right in.


A coffee filter lets the water drain through, but keeps the soil in the sink.


I added potting soil, begonias and white alyssum.


On the left and on the right, a yellow Black Eyed Susan vine will trail over the sides.


The kitty statue was already in place, because this is where our darling Clarence is buried.

Hope you like this l'il corner of my garden.
Have a marvelous day!
Joining Cathy for Sunday's Best #33!  Come along to the par-tay!
Carol