Category Archives: Vegan

Early Summer in Spy Garden

Yay summer!

Yay summer!

Butterfly enjoying a marigold among the garlic scapes

Butterfly enjoying a marigold among the garlic scapes

And some flower portraits…

Bachelor's Button

Bachelor’s Button

Love-in-a-mist (Nigella)

Love-in-a-mist (Nigella)

Calendula (I think?)

Calendula (I think?)

Raindrops on roses

Raindrops on roses

"Bowles Black" Pansy

“Bowles Black” Pansy

A perfect portait!

A perfect portait!

Into the flower press they go!

Into the flower press they go!

Love-in-a-mist; these are very easy to grow; they reseed every year and the patch keeps getting bigger

Love-in-a-mist; these are very easy to grow; they reseed every year and the patch keeps getting bigger

We have been enjoying many bouquets of cut flowers from the garden, and:

A huge display of garlic scapes

A huge display of garlic scapes

We have SOOOoooo many garlic scapes. They are good for eating (use anywhere you would garlic; they just have a milder flavor) and I love the whirly twirly spirals; perfect for a very cool arrangement!

Ready for a game

Ready for a game

The Spy has been sketching a lot of sports logos lately; this is the Duke University logo; drawn freehand!

The Spy has been sketching a lot of sports logos lately; this is the Duke University logo; drawn freehand!

Ssssss

Ssssss

I compared these pictures to last year's snakes and this one is somewhat smaller

I compared these pictures to last year’s snakes and this one is quite a bit smaller

The kids have named him (or her) Tonguey III

The kids have named him (or her) Tonguey III

Onion seed pod

Onion seed pod

Enjoying a dip in the creek after a run

Enjoying a dip in the creek after a run

Making a wake haha

Making a wake

Hiking

Hiking

Very red mushrooms on the forest floor

Very red mushrooms on the forest floor

Not sure what type of mushrooms these are

Not sure what type of mushrooms these are

Part of a lunar moth wing (I think)

Part of a lunar moth wing (I think)

Hardy hibiscus

Hardy hibiscus

Some of the garlic (I didn't even plant any last fall and there is SOOOooo much of it!) Garlic is so easy to grow.

Some of the garlic (I didn’t even plant any last fall and there is SOOOooo much of it!) Garlic is so easy to grow.

Early June in the garden

Early June in the garden

Hope you all are having a nice start to your summer!

The Last of Summer in Spy Garden

Late August in Spy Garden

Late August in Spy Garden

It feels like fall here; a nice, crisp chill in the air. Rain, thunder, wind. The garden will still be growing and changing until the first frost but here’s the low-down, re-cap of Spy Garden summer of 2015: A robust garlic harvest, lots of cucumbers (Sikkim and dragon’s eggs), plenty of blackberries, ground cherries and loads of fresh herbs. What to do with all the cucumbers?

Sikkim Cucumber

Sikkim Cucumber

Aside from eating them raw, I make super easy “pickles” like so: Buy a jar of Kosher Dill Claussen pickles (the best!) and eat. Then fill up the jar with your own washed and cut cukes and put it back in the fridge; 2 or 3 jars of Claussens for the price of 1! Or, how about roasting cucumbers? Why not?! I have been roasting the Sikkim cukes along with whatever other veggies I have on hand and they are great that way.

The pumpkins were sadly killed by squash vine borers but the Loofah gourds have climbed the teepee and so hopefully we will get a bunch of those! Not exactly winter squash, but maybe a close second? Also, the Hartman’s Giant Amaranth never disappoints and we have several very large, tall specimens this year.

Showing off a beautifully vibrant Hartman's Giant Amaranth plant

Showing off a beautifully vibrant Hartman’s Giant Amaranth plant

This time last year St. Louis Homes & Lifestyles Magazine did a photoshoot of Spy Garden (click here to see the article)! The garden is definitely not in photo-shoot-ready mode (yet?! Maybe we’ll do some more serious weeding before the first frost?!) this year but that’s ok. Every year (and season) of gardening is always different. That is one of the best things about gardening!

Baby demonstrating how easy it is to pick the shiny, black Amaranth seeds

Baby demonstrating how easy it is to pick the shiny, black Amaranth seeds

Very few tomatoes so far this year; just these little yellow/orange cherries. We do have quite a few plants still growing they have just been very slow to fruit!

Very few tomatoes so far this year; just these little yellow/orange cherries. We do have quite a few plants still growing they have just been very slow to fruit!

American Goldfinch

American Goldfinch

Wild Dagga (also called Lion's Tail) just starting to bloom. A great ornamental fall plant.

Wild Dagga (also called Lion’s Tail) just starting to bloom. A great ornamental fall plant.

Some fallen corn (it has been rainy and windy so some of the taller things have flopped over)

Some fallen corn (it has been rainy and windy so some of the taller things have flopped over)

Sunflowers are so pretty even when not "perfectly" in bloom

Sunflowers are so pretty even when not “perfectly” in bloom

Painting in the garden; a perfect morning!

Painting in the garden; a perfect morning!

Dexie thinks so too!

Dexie thinks so too!

Seed pod stamp painting

Seed pod stamp painting

Inspirational lighting and colors!

Inspirational lighting and colors!

Collaborative painting-in-progress. Now to pass it back to my friend who will work on it for a week or so before returning it.

Collaborative painting-in-progress. Now to pass it back to my friend who will work on it for a week or so before returning it.

Babyzilla-made thank you cards

Babyzilla-made thank you cards

A wreath made by Baby's friends at Forest School, given to her for her birthday

A wreath made by Baby’s friends at Forest School, given to her for her birthday

And now, here are some really random recommendations (in no particular order)…

  • Falafel-stuffed peppers. Instead of meat or beans, add falafel mix (which is basically spices and dehydrated chickpeas), some water and tomatoes to spiced brown rice (I like a tiny pinch of garam masala plus a heaping amount of Ras el Hanout, turmeric and paprika) and some sautéed onions then stuff into peppers (I usually halve or quarter the peppers instead of stuffing whole peppers); just dollop the stuffing into each little pepper portion and bake.
  • Mendota plan-unflavored-sparkling water. Something about it is so indulgent and ridiculous (yes, and wasteful, but come on, I do live in America!) I mean, it is canned water, there is just something funny about that. I get on a kick every once in awhile and buy the stuff. I think I drank like 24 cans this week. So sparkly and delicious. One day I really should just buy my own carbonator. But carbonated tap water just might not be as fun as the blue, cold, sparkling cans of Mendota. Pelligrino and Perrier and bottled club soda are good too, but still the whole canned water thing is just the best.
  • Hail Merry Miracle Tarts. Persian Lime and Meyer Lemon are my two faves. Two servings of delectable dessert (half of one is a perfect portion) for only $3. They are super delicious and nutritious. I get them at Dierbergs but it looks like you can order direct from their website (though it looks like they’re much more costly that way).
  • Hormone Horoscope: having nothing to do with astrology, this free app you can download for your phone tells you what your hormones are up to each day; how they are affecting your mood, appetite and other things. This thing is genius.
  • Pantoprazole is better than ranitidine in the treatment of GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease). Ok that one is way out of left field, right?! I thought this was a GARDENING website! But I am working on my doctorate of nursing practice and feel compelled to share this little finding. What good is learning if I don’t share with the Spy Garden masses?! I did a partial literature review comparing randomized controlled trials of these two medications. So before you reach for the antacids or Zantac if you have frequent heartburn you should probably ask your doctor (or nurse practitioner!) for a script for Protonix (pantoprazole). Nurse practitioner education covers all body systems and fields (how wonderful it is to have the option to go into any specialty) so stay tuned for more random recommendations! Right now my real passion is psychiatry and psychoneuroimmunology; who knows, maybe a capstone project fusing gardening AND nursing is in the cards?

Below are some random pictures to continue with the non-sequitur theme of this post!

Missouri River Sunrise

Missouri River Sunrise

Watching the dog show at Purina farms a few weeks ago

Watching the dog show at Purina farms a few weeks ago

Nice catch! Purina farms is a fun (and free!) spot for an outing near St. Louis

Nice catch! Purina farms is a fun (and free!) spot for an outing near St. Louis

Another good catch!

Another good catch!

Cow-milking demo at Purina Farms

Cow-milking demo at Purina Farms

Checking out the pump

Checking out the pump

Milking a cow!

Milking a cow!

Saw this totally cool spiral tree at a local nursery; isn't it cool?! It was quite pricy, so I just admired it, but would love to add one of these to my plant collection!

Saw this totally cool spiral tree at a local nursery; isn’t it cool?! It was quite pricy, so I just admired it, but would love to add one of these to my plant collection!

Waiting for the Spy to catch the bus to school

Waiting for the Spy to catch the bus to school

Haybales and movie theater

Haybales and movie theater

Paper plates and duct tape haha

Paper plates and duct tape haha

Checking out some of the sculptures in the library

Checking out some of the sculptures in the library

I love libraries! So peaceful and quiet!

I love libraries! So peaceful and quiet!

Hope you all are having a nice weekend!

 

May Days

Love-in-a-mist flowers

Love-in-a-mist flowers

Spring Thyme!

Spring Thyme!

Some type of succulent?

Some type of succulent?

Smoochie, Dexie, Baby

Smoochie, Dexie, Baby

Celosia (looks like a poinsetta!)

Celosia (looks like a poinsetta!)

Lots of...

Lots of…

blackberries growing!

blackberries growing!

Baby in the garden

Baby in the garden

Knockout roses

Knockout roses

Watching...

Watching…

Baseball (see who's pitching?)

Baseball (see who’s pitching?)

#7

#7

Pitching

Pitching

Pitching

Pitching

Coaching

Coaching

Pitching

Pitching

Baseball Panorama Field #7

Baseball Panorama Field #7

Our street

Our street

Orach

Orach

Orach leaves are so deeply pigmented!

Orach leaves are so deeply pigmented!

Celosia

Celosia

Stump spiral

Stump spiral

Yellow wonder strawberry

Yellow wonder strawberry

These have a great tropical flavor

These have a great tropical flavor

Entitled: A Great Day for Statistics

Entitled: “A Great Day for Statistics”

Wide Mouth

“Wide Mouth” haha

Copperhead belt?

Copperhead belt?

Snakeskin

Snakeskin

Even beheaded, the face is quite animated

Even beheaded, the face is quite animated

Copperhead Totem

Copperhead Totem

Final Project was a movie about animals that live in the forest at Baby's school (that's Baby on screen pointing out deer tracks)

Baby’s final school project was a movie about animals that live in the forest at Baby’s school (that’s Baby on screen pointing out deer tracks)

Schools Out!

Schools Out!

At the creek

At the creek

So relaxing!

So relaxing!

Swimming

Swimming

Bank

Bank

Splash

Splash

Dexie

Dexie

Rocks

Rocks

Catching tadpoles

Catching tadpoles

Jumping

Jumping

Creek

Creek

Creek

Creek

Dexie

Dexie

Large rocks on a bluff above

Large rocks on a bluff above

Spring fed creek

Spring fed creek

Missouri River

Missouri River

Bridge

Bridge

A note…

Last day of school...

Last day of school…

lol

lol

Stylin

Stylin

First day of...

First day of…

summer break!

summer break!

At brunch

At brunch

Shopping

Shopping

DIY...

DIY…

Basketball...

Basketball…

Hoop

Hoop

Hahhaha

Hahhaha

Playing...

Playing…

"Family fish"

“Family fish”

Garden fish

Garden fish

Tarwi Q'Ollo (similar to a white bean)

Tarwi Q’Ollo (similar to a white bean)

Hope you all have a great memorial day weekend!