As a gardener we sometimes raise in ‘raised garden beds’,a most preferred method of allowing your plants to grow healthy and add versatility for the gardener as well in terms of placing and moving it easily,mix your own choice of soil such as compost or organic,improve water drainage,keeping away the garden weeds,protection from heavy rain,preventing the soil from compacting too much.If you’ve not made garden bed yet but want to build it,here are 10 easy,simple and cheap garden bed ideas and plans.
This is our community garden. Before these pictures were even taken we found at the local library, an advertisement to join a ‘Gardening Club’ at the local YMCA. They would have a class every week and we would have a 'hands on’ lab. Imagine my surprise when during the first class, the teachers informed us that we have a community garden out back (and each family would have their own 4'x8’ raised garden bed!) Woohoo!
I love this. Children, adults, even elders participate. We assist each other getting the soil ready, building the garden beds…you name it!
For our particular bed, b/c both my husband and I are not 'newborns’ so to speak, will be implementing the 'Square Foot Gardening’ as well as 'Companion Planting’ (more on that soon) methods. So both myself, husband and babies will get their own space to grow stuff, and have already claimed what herbs or vegetables they want!
Babygirl: Peas & Cukes
Babyboy: Marigolds & Peppers
Me: Spinach & Chamomile
King: Tomatoes and Onions
We also are transplanting two broccoli plants from last years harvest, and planted a row and a half of radishes in the place where the King will have his tomatoes, since they are not ready to be sowed/transplanted just yet.
We purchased our seeds online through Burpee, Gurney’s and Eden Bro’s, and they are all Heirloom varieties.
Community Gardens are popping up all over the place! If you don’t have one in your immediate area and would like to start one, start researching the requirements (local laws, permits, insurance, etc) for your particular city or town. Not only does this create a bonding experience amongst neighbors, it gets YOU active, helps to put feed people and teach the youth about sustainability!
Imagine if every church or youth center had a garden. There would be a LOT less hungry people!
*The smaller you cut the squash the easier to blend.
2 C ground golden flax
1 tsp sea salt
1. In a food processor fitted with the “S” blade, put 1 quart of zucchini cubes in food processor. Process until smooth.
2. Then add 1 cup of flax and 1⁄2 tsp of sea salt. Continue processing until evenly mixed. Put in Mixing bowl.
3. Repeat with remaining ingredients.
4. Place about ½ of the mixture on 1 teflex sheet and spread as evenly as possible to cover sheet completely. Transfer sheet to grid lined dehydrator tray. Dehydrate at 105 for approx. 6-8 hours.
5. Then Flip the whole crust onto mesh sheet, taking away teflex sheet. After flipped, continue dehydrating for 1 hour. Take out of the dehydrator and cut about 1/8” from 4 edges of the crust if it’s curling up. Flip again and put back into dehydrator for another 1 hour. Remove from dehydrator and cut into even thirds – giving you 9 bread squares, or in halves for 4 pieces. Flip and put back in dehydrator if needed. You want the bread to be dry but pliable.
6. Stored in a sealed glass container in the refrigerator Zucchini Bread will last for a couple weeks.
“We went out of our way to give everything to the earth and the earth gives back to us”
-Jack Lazor, Organic farmer
Click the photograph below to read this inspiring piece on the pioneers of organic farming in today’s New York Times.
I was so happy with the recent large crop of turmeric I harvested from my garden. Now I can regularly enjoy one of my favorite hot drinks, Turmeric Latte! OK I know you are thinking that sounds like an odd latte flavor, but I love this creamy hot drink. Cinnamon, vanilla, and lucuma offset the spice of the turmeric for a perfect blend of sweet and spicy! This version was made with homemade macadamia nut milk, but any type of dairy substitute will work. I use lucuma to sweeten but feel free to substitute with maca, coconut nectar, bacon syrup, whatever sweetener you like. Enjoy!