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**ALERT, Southern Baked!

I absolutely LOVE, LOVE, LOVE yellow squash. It’s really one of my favorite vegetables. So, I’m always looking for new recipes. This morning I found one on Allrecipes.com that sounds super awesome! I can’t wait to try it.

It’s called,

Southern Baked Yellow Squash

and it’s made with lots of delicious things like bread crumbs, eggs, butter (because everything is better with butter), onion……doesn’t that sound absolutely YUMMY? I may add a bit of cheese because I mean really doesn’t cheese go with everything?

Pic: courtesy of AMAZON.com

Pic: courtesy of AMAZON.com

 

 

 

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Habit

I LOVE Tulip trees, do you?

Backyard and Beyond

Liriodendron tulipiferaTulip Trees (Liriodendron tulipifera) are some of the largest trees here in the East. In the woods, they tend to grow up very straight, as in the NYBG example below, shooting up quickly to get the light and not bothering with broadly branching. There are some wonderful examples in the Midwood in Prospect Park and in Green-Wood. But Green-Wood is less of a dense woodland, and some trees there can spread out a bit. Still, this Green-Wood specimen is unusual. It’s has a very wide bole, but then it sprouts out with as many arms as an octopus. It looks practically pollarded, and I suspect that’s what happened at some point long ago. The visible cut section may be more recent (?)Liriodendron tulipifera“It’s an Ent!”

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Really, BUG Biting plants Terrarium Set?

Okay, so I’m not really into buying *so called* Educational Kits but as I was walking though Lowe’s one caught my eye.

I said to myself,

“why not”

So I did! I purchased one.

Here’s the kit I purchased:

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 1 – Package of soil mixture

1 – Package Sphagnum Moss

1 – package containing a dormant Venus Fly Trap & a Pitcher Plant

 

The instructions say:

1. Fill the container with soil mixture.

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2. Soak sphagnum moss in water (bottled, distilled or rain water) do not use treated water.

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 3. Place wet sphagnum moss on top of the soil mixture.

4. Leave enough space for watering, approx. 1/4 inch from top.

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5. Plant the dormant Venus Flytrap and Pitcher Plant, roots pointing down, point of growth at surface.

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6. Press the dormant plant firmly into the sphagnum moss.

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7. Add 1/4 cup untreated water and put terrarium top in place.

(I’m assuming the terrarium top is the container it came in)

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I can’t wait to see what happens if anything. I have done some research. The research I’ve done both plants are supposed to like wet or very damp soil. Think bogs or wetland wet/damp.

Check out this video!

My fingers & toes are crossed!  I can’t wait to come back and give you an update. In the meantime if you have any questions shoot me an email. AND happy growing 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Should we Never ever do this, again?!

butterfly bush

I just read the most interesting article on Rodale’s Organic Gardening regarding Butterfly Bushes and why they should not be planted. You can read it here.

I like to know your thoughts? (leave in comments)


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I’m seeing RED!

*RED* as in tomato red!

I can’t wait until the Summer. Let me repeat I can’t wait until the Summer! I can feel it now the warmth of the sun and the vegetables growing on the deck.

Check out this tomato……I grew this beauty this past summer (2014).

My very own perfect tomato. AND weighed over one pound!

My very own perfect tomato. AND weighed over one pound!

 

I swear it was THE PERFECT tomato. Not only did it look perfect it tasted like the sweetest tomato ever! It also weighed over a pound! I have never in my entire life tasted  sweeter tomato’s than the ones I grew this past summer. AND my hubby agrees!  We’re still trying to figure out why they were so sweet.

We can ONLY come up with 2 things.

1. The Seeds

Usually, I go to Walmart or some other store like that to get Organic Burpee Tomato seeds or Organic Heirloom seeds. I figure there seeds from well known companies. Well, as I’ve learned there is a HUGE difference in the quality of seeds.

This past summer (2014) I went with ALL of my seeds from Heirloom Solutions. It’s a small company that’s into quality control and are very helpful. I had contacted them to find out what vegetables would be the best to grow in containers. They told me they’ve planted basically anything in containers and have had great success. Just a matter of what I’d like and to make sure the soil doesn’t completely dry out….

So, I picked lots of different types. One being a variety pack of Heirloom tomato’s. These tomato’s were HUGE some weighing over one pound once picked. They were awesome slicers! AND sooooooooooo sweet that I’m still talking about them. Can’t wait to start growing again!

2. The Soil

This past summer I also tried mixing my own soil which consisted of equal parts of Peat Moss, Potting soil, Perlite, & Manure (I used dehydrated cow manure)

 

Let me know your thoughts below…..

I just can not wait to taste another tomato..

My mouth is watering right now

just thinking about it!


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Who is Mrs. Green Thumb?

Well, I’m a self proclaimed Plant Hoarder! That’s who am I. There I said it! I can’t help myself. I love, love, love plants. AND what’s not to love. I mean really, you can live in an empty apartment with a lawn chair & ONE plant and it will feel like home. Right?

I’ve had to drastically reduce my plant collection because we’ve (the hubby & I) put the house up for sale. So, I’ve decided that while I wait to start my collection I can search for new and exciting plants for my new collection….

You can follow me on my journey of plants to hoard here?

OR

Stay here and see what kind of vegetables I’ll be growing for the summer.

Either way, THANKS for stopping by.