5 Tips for Growing an Indoor Herb Garden

5 Tips for Growing an Indoor Herb Garden 5 Tips for Growing an Indoor Herb Garden

Guest post by Jennifer Riner of Zillow

Indoor herb gardens allow renters and homeowners who lack green thumbs to take a stab at horticulture. Consider it an entry-level form of gardening to open the doors for more advanced outdoor cultivation, if or when space allows. Not to mention, herbs are almost a necessity in the kitchen if you cook fresh food for yourself or your family regularly. Why buy dried versions of herbs you can pick fresh at home for free?… 

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How Does Your Garden Grow?

A good garden may have some weeds.
~ Thomas Fuller

How does your garden grow? The age old question!

How Does Your Garden Grow: Pure Grace Farms This year has been a challenge getting the garden up and growing. Normally as soon as the snow melts  I am out digging in the dirt, removing straw from the beds, and laying down black plastic to warm up the soil. I set out my plants, bury my seeds, construct hoop tunnels, and baby every little plant that sprouts from the ground. This year was different.

How Does Your Garden Grow: Pure Grace Farms There were numerous factors why this year was a challenge. To begin with, last year’s early start was not at all successful. I had grown most of my plants from seed over the winter and in my exuberance planted them at what I thought to be a reasonable time. Unfortunately the weather did not cooperate. We had a severe freeze and I lost many of the plants I had grown from seed. To say I was demoralized wouldn’t be a stretch.

How Does Your Garden Grow: Pure Grace Farms Another reason I was reluctant to get the process going was the considerable amount of time and effort it takes to keep plants protected. Every evening I would be out making sure the plants were covered so they didn’t get too cold, and every morning would find me out removing the same coverings for fear the little darlings might get too hot. Choosing not to plant early this year,  I reasoned that putting a plant in the ground before the proper time would surely stunt the plants growth, at least for a time; therefore I probably was not gaining a thing by planting out early.

How Does Your Garden Grow: Pure Grace Farms And so, this year I waited. Only time will tell if it will make a difference or not. The peas are now blossoming, the spinach and lettuce is leafy and the broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower are heading! The harvest for my spring veggies has already begun!

How Does Your Garden Grow: Pure Grace Farms Today as I walk through the garden,  I find myself wondering…”How does my garden grow in the arena of life?”  and “What parallels can I apply outside of my garden? ”

How Does Your Garden Grow: Pure Grace Farms I have a tendency to want things now. I have little patience to wait on God’s timing and very often recklessly forge ahead without counting the cost. Sometimes I’m successful, but I fail often enough that He gets my attention.  All the effort and hard work gets me no further along than if I would have waited; needless time spent spinning my wheels.

How Does Your Garden Grow: Pure Grace Farms I am grateful for God’s patience with me and am certain He has a great sense of humor. He continues to pull at the weeds in my garden, allowing for greater growth and beauty in the future.

How Does Your Garden Grow: Pure Grace Farms So… How does your garden grow?

How Does Your Garden Grow: Pure Grace Farms

 

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Mixed Greens Summer Salad

Mixed Greens Summer Salad

I absolutely love this time of year. The garden is in full swing and I am able to pick freshness straight from the garden to enjoy immediately. It is wonderful. The first thing I harvest is my mixed greens. I make a  Mixed Greens Summer Salad using all the seasonal fruits and vegetables readily available this time of year.  

 Mixed Greens Summer Salad

I decided to celebrate the end of Spring and the beginning of Summer with a delightful combination of both. Today’s Mixed Greens Summer Salad includes mixed greens of red and green lettuce, spinach, and arugula. A good visual guide to lettuce and greens can be found at Epicurious if you are curious about what summer salad greens unique characteristics are.

 Mixed Greens Summer Salad

After choosing the greens for your Mixed Greens Summer Salad it is time to think of the type of fruits and vegetables you may want to showcase on top of your greens. I chose cucumbers and watermelon because they seem to play well together, complimenting each other nicely without overpowering. The sweet onion was chosen to offset the sweetness and add a little “bite” to the flavor profile. The English Cuke was jazzed up a bit by leaving strips of skin on the cucumber to create a striped effect. You can see this technique at Rada Cutlery. Also, cutting watermelon can be quite messy, I found a great technique to keep the mess to a minimum at Recipes for our Daily Bread, it’s a neat little trick so be sure to check it out! 

 Mixed Greens Summer Salad

Once all the players in your Mixed Greens Summer Salad have been chosen it is time to think about the dressing that will show your mixed greens, fruits and vegetables off to their best advantage. I love a tangy, tart vinaigrette with just a touch of sweetness, so this is what I aimed for in my Sweet Orange Vinaigrette dressing to marinate the watermelon, cucumber and sweet onion with.

 Mixed Greens Summer Salad

Once the cucumber, watermelon, and onion has marinated it is now time to put your Mixed Greens Summer Salad together with a few finishing touches to make it perfect! A great tangy salty cheese and an acidic berry offset the sweetness perfectly. I chose Gorgonzola because it is my all-time favorite and blackberries for their big bold juicy flavor and bright color to compliment and add a bit of beauty to the Mixed Greens Summer Salad. To finish,  scatter a few chopped chives for added garnish and color.  Voila… a beautiful, colorful Mixed Greens Summer Salad that screams summer and will please even the most discriminating of guests.

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Summer Salad with Mixed Greens
 
Author:
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • A variety of fresh organic mixed greens, washed and torn into bite sized pieces.
  • English cucumber, ends removed, cored and sliced into ¼ in half rounds.
  • 3 cup Seedless Watermelon, cubed into bite sized pieces.
  • ½ cup thinly sliced sweet onion.
  • 1 Orange freshly juiced, approximately ½ cup.
  • ½ medium shallot, finely minced, about 1 tbsp.
  • ¼ cup good quality white wine,( I used Sauvignon Blanc because it is what I had on hand).
  • ¼ cup Bragg Organic Apple Cider Vinegar (in my opinion one of the best out there).
  • ¼ tsp sea salt.
  • ⅛ tsp freshly ground black pepper.
  • 6 tbsps Gorgonzola
  • 1 Pint of blackberries, rinsed and dried gently with paper towel.
  • Minced chives for garnish.
Instructions
  1. Place sliced cucumber, cubed watermelon, and sliced sweet onion in large bowl and gently toss. Slip mixture into a large heavy duty ziplock bag. Close and set aside while you make vinaigrette.
  2. In small bowl add all remaining ingredients, except blackberries, Gorgonzola cheese, and minced chives, whisk until well blended.
  3. Reserve ¼ cup vinaigrette, refrigerate until it is time to assemble your Summer Salad.
  4. Pour remaining vinaigrette into ziplock bag over fruit and vegetable mixture. Close ziploc bag and carefully turn bag to saturate mixture well. Place in refrigerator and marinate for 30 minutes, turn bag and return to refrigerator to marinate for 30 minutes more.
  5. Assemble salad by placing salad greens onto 6 chilled salad plates.
  6. Divide marinated fruit and vegetables evenly and atop the salad greens.
  7. Sprinkle each with 1 tbsp Gorgonzola and a 3 to 4 blackberries (depending on size).
  8. Drizzle reserved vinaigrette over each salad.
  9. Top with freshly ground black pepper, and a sprinkle of sea salt, if desired.

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Life is in the Details

The details are not the details. They make the design. ~ Charles Eames

 I awoke this morning a little later than usual and lingered awhile before crawling out of bed.

Life is in the Little Details

So much to do in the short amount of time I had left at my sisters house left me feeling a bit paralyzed. Frankly, I didn’t want to start. “Just a little while longer”… my repeated mantra.

Life is in the Little Details

But the smell of coffee has a way of changing things; an invisible force beckoning me to rise up and shine.

Life is in the Little Details

As I grabbed the coveted cup of coffee, on a whim I also snagged my camera, and headed outside for a walk about the property.

Life is in the Little Details

Immediately I was enchanted! Her yard is a feast for the eyes. In the 38 plus years my sister has lived here she has created beautiful vignettes about the property; little details just waiting to be discovered.

Life is in the Little Details

There is magic waiting around every corner! Splendid and delightful on their own, but a masterpiece when all are woven together.

Life is in the Little Details

As I wandered about, captivated with all I saw, I began to ponder on my own little vignettes.

Life is in the Little Details

The little details of my life that have formed who I am today.

Life is in the Little Details

None are insignificant or discarded, but are being used to weave a tapestry that has been created for a purpose by a great designer.

Life is in the Little Details

I like the sound of that.

 

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