martes, 2 de diciembre de 2008
Espinaca, they told me, is simply spanish for spinach. However, this hearty vining plant is hardly recognizable as the spinach I know and love. The bright green leaves are familiar, though they have a slimier feel and less flavor. Upon researching, I discovered that this beauty is no true spinach at all but rather a semi-succulent commonly grown as an ornamental, known as Basella alba. I can practically harvest a full salad every other night from this guy, and it seems to be able to climb to unforseeable heights!
Also featured in my backyard are the Upside-down Tomato Experiments! Only one month old and just recently flipped, you can see this little tomater is "hanging in there" (couldn't resist)! One more to go, waiting for it to root more comfortably in the bucket. We are hoping for strong healthy tomato plants with no pest problems... Lastly, a yummy nispero or sapodilla fruit like the ones we hope to harvest in a few years from our 2 nispero trees!
domingo, 30 de noviembre de 2008
so rather than a blaaahg where i just rant and rave aimlessly about my life (fascinating though it may be) i'm working on an idea here: to chronicle my trials GROWING, organically of course, plants that i will then incorporate into healthy, scrumptious RECIPES....
At this time, mis plantitas are only just beginning their chlorophylicious lives. i am experimenting with new varieties of fruits and veggies as well as trying various methods of cultivation. I am posting pics of my first cuisine-hopefuls: ayote squash, tomates, and garlic (note the gorgeous garlic sprouts interspersed amongst the tomates for companion purposes). i am already envisioning a fantastic creamy squash soup, thai curry with squash, garlic fries!