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herb growing in winter #5: tomatoes and lettuce

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Since my last AeroGarden update, I have baby tomatoes and leaves of romaine lettuce in my garden.

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In a couple of weeks, I’ll have enough basil, lettuce and Tiny Tim tomatoes for a salad … if I can stop my ongoing snacking!

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Copyright Jane Tims 2018

Written by jane tims

April 11, 2018 at 7:01 am

herb growing in winter #4

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The identity of the odd plant in my AeroGarden is no longer a secret!

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What is the plant on the right hand side of my garden?

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The plant in question is the bushy ‘herb’ to the right. It has dark green leaves and a thick stem.

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As you know, I am a botanist and if this plant was presented to me in any other way, I am sure I would have identified it immediately.

But the label said ‘mint’ and so I expected mint.

My first suggestion of mistaken identity came when I popped a few of the young leaves into my tea. The taste was terrible.

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Then I took a closer look. The stem was not square – an immediate identifier of the whole mint family.

So I went back to the package material. Possibly I switched the labels. Perhaps it was curly parsley. Deep frown. Didn’t look like curly parsley.

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All this time, I kept pruning and drying the leaves. My bottle of dried mystery leaves is quite full!

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What is it?

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Then I saw the flowers and took a step back. They were yellow and clustered. The leaves were compound, very hairy. The light came on! Tomato!

You will think I am a terrible botanist!

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So now I am waiting for my first tomatoes. I have discarded the dried leaves (tomatoes are a member of the nightshade family and the leaves contain a poisonous alkaloid).

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the unopened ‘flowers’ of my tomato plant (the hairy green buds) … in a few days I will have baby tomatoes!

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Copyright Jane Tims 2018

Written by jane tims

March 23, 2018 at 9:40 am

herb growing in winter #3

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My AeroGarden guide says “don’t be afraid to prune.”  Me, I love to prune. I must be doing it correctly since I am getting a small harvest every day or two!

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My plants are Basil, Tai Basil, Genovese Basil, unknown (labelled ‘Curly Parsley’ but definitely not), Thyme (hardly growing but trying) and Romaine Lettuce (planted last week).

I chop the leaves as I prune them and they are crisp enough to crumble in a couple of days.

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Photos of my ‘harvest’ …

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my garden after today’s pruning … gro-light makes a good photo difficult

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my ‘harvest … lots of leaves make a small amount of dried herb …

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Copyright Jane Tims 2018

Written by jane tims

March 21, 2018 at 7:02 am

herb growing in winter #2

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A while ago, I told you I was starting an AeroGarden. The garden grows plants in ‘pods’, with addition of light, water and nutrients.  After 54 days, my garden is growing mint and two kinds of basil in profusion.  Two of the plants, thyme and another type of basil, are very slow, but growing and healthy. A fifth pod got mold and never grew.

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Every three days, I prune about one third of the growth. I remove the leaves, cut them into smaller pieces with scissors and spread them to dry on parchment paper. Our house is very dry and in 24 hours I can crumble the dry leaves and add them to my growing store of herbs.

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Basil is one of my favourite herbs, so I am very pleased with my AeroGarden.

It uses lots of water so I have to remember to add water every day. A little screen tells me how long the pods have been growing and when to add nutrients. Otherwise, as a garden it is trouble-free – no weeds, so I am happy!

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Copyright 2018 Jane Tims

 

Written by jane tims

February 23, 2018 at 12:48 pm

bees in our goldenrod

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At our cabin, we often watch birds from the front window. This time of year, the goldenrods grow along the front of the cabin and we are able to watch the honey bees working to gather nectar for the hive.  I imagine the bees have come to us from a group of commercial hives not far from our camp. I remember when my dad kept bees and I always admired his ability to remain calm as he tended the hives.

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how to collect honey

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Honeysuckle and amber

coil from the spoon

tangle light

For this

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you charm a bee

to crawl, hexagonal

on human skin

unalarmed

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Adrenalin fear

hidden by the scent

of cherry blossom

and pear

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Published in my book of poetry ‘within easy reach’, Chapel Street Editions, 2016.

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Copyright 2017 Jane Tims

Written by jane tims

September 4, 2017 at 7:08 am

green pepper soup from my deck garden

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Since arthritis found me, I no longer keep a big garden. But for the last couple of years, I have experimented with deck gardening. This year I planted pepper and tomato plants in my Veg Trugs (mine are pop-up, foldable raised garden planters bought at Lee Valley Tools for about $70 each). They dry out quickly but otherwise are great and easy to manage. This year I have grown a nice crop of green peppers and tomatoes on my deck.

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This past weekend, I harvested my first little peppers.

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I sliced my peppers and made a nutritious soup for lunch. Ingredients: 2 peppers sliced, 1 yellow onion chopped, 1 clove garlic chopped, water, vegetable broth, gluten-free spaghetti, black pepper, basil, turmeric. Spicy but not salty. Delicious.

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Copyright Jane Tims 2017 

Written by jane tims

August 30, 2017 at 7:34 am

Tendrils

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My cucumber vines are still thriving …


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And the tendrils are still so charming!


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This one wants to pull up a chair!


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On Friday, I had my first cucumber salad from my vines!

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Copyright 2017 Jane Tims

Written by jane tims

August 7, 2017 at 7:20 am

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