In 2022 we grew around 30 different varieties of tomatoes, and had more than 200 plants in the greenhouse. It was a lot of work, but so much fun when it came to picking and eating them. We were not the only ones who loved them! The duck is called Barack, and the little hen, his foster mom, is called Mini.
Growing gourds into beautiful objects is a long process, but definitely rewarding. What I love the most is when they are in bloom, they truly look like plants from an enchanted land, and the moths come at night to pollinate them are fantastic creatures.
There is so much to experiment with when it comes to these beautiful plants. What worked the best for me is to leave them out in the snow until March, scrape off the outer layer that has rotted away in the moisture, and them leave them in the greenhouse for a while. I will also make a birdhouse and some other interesting things, so stay tuned!
I had a great time growing these carrots and came up with a delicious recipe, I hope you enjoy it!
These are Manpukuji carrots that I’ve grown in a large wooden container that I built from wood and filled with sand. Manpukuji carrots are from Japan and have the tendency to grow long. I used granite sand but any kind of sand would do the job. I added a metal mesh to the bottom of the raised bed, so no critters can get in and damage my carrots. I sowed the seeds in May because it was a very cold spring, but usually I sow carrots as early as March. I had some issues with the weight of the sand pushing the boards out and damaging the box to a some extent, which means that next year I will have to add metal hinges or something strong to reinforce it.
The recipe is this:
equal parts of organic rye and whole wheat
oil and water at a ratio of 4:1
egg, pepper, cheese and cream (I used 3 eggs and didn’t add any salt because the cheese was quite salty already)
You need a sharp peeler to have very long, thin slices of the carrot that can be used to create the beautiful curls of the roses.
I baked these mini pies at 180 degrees Celsius for 30 minutes.
Everyone knows the wild amaranth and the beautiful red amaranth, a true gem of the garden, but it’s our first year growing giant golden amaranth from heirloom seeds. It grew really well in our colder, mountain climate. You can use the leaves in salads, and as it turns out, the desert made from amaranth seeds is simply amazing! Here is how you do it: you need to clean the seeds like the video shows, which sounds a bit tedious but actually it went pretty fast. The seeds should be soaked overnight in milk and then simmered until they absorb the milk, it took about 35 minutes.
This is the recipe I used:
1 and 1/4 cup of milk
1/2 cup amaranth
a pinch of cinnamon
a teaspoon of brown sugar
blueberries, raspberries and apricot liquor
The results was delicious, and it looks cool! Plus, amaranth has lots of vitamins and it is naturally gluten free. Enjoy 🙂
This scented and gentle salve is soothing for the skin. You will need only three ingredients to make it:
I used cold pressed sunflower oil as a base, because it’s local. You can use any local, cold-pressed oil, or whatever else you want. I infused dried yarrow, lady’s bedstraw, sage and calendula, which are all beneficial for the skin.
Beeswax and a bit of honey
I used local, from our mountain village. You can experiment with the amount of beeswax depending on how solid you want your salve to be.
You can collect resin without harming the trees. Just look around and you will find enough trees that already have some resin that can be collected. Resin usually has a lot of impurities, therefore you need to strain it before using it. This can be a bit messy, because it is very sticky, so it’s better to choose utensils that you will only use for this purpose. Don’t heat up the resin too much to make sure that the essential oils it contains don’t evaporate. You can clean resin from surfaces with alcohol.
There are lots of pumpkins during the fall, here are some new ideas to try with sweet pumkins. I used the Red Kuri variety, but others work as well. First, instead of a traditional Halloween lantern with the scary face you can try carving your favorite constellation into the pumpkin, and instead of a candle you can use string lights. Besides pumpkin soup and pie, pumpkin doughnuts are also delicious, with soft, moist texture, and rich, sweet flavor, as well as beautiful orange color. These are dipped in melted chocolate and walnuts to make them even more irresistible.
We love this versatile, beautiful and delicious plant. We have experimented with some easy, light recipes, this is one of our favorites so far. Enjoy!
1 cup of broad beans
1 cup of broad bean top leaves and shoots
4-5 large bean pods
2 cloves of garlic
Some chopped chives and parsley
Salt and pepper
Boil the beans for about ten minutes, then peal their skins. Blend the beans with the upper leaves and shoots of the beans, as well as the garlic. Mix the finely chopped parsley and chives into the creamy paste, add salt and pepper to taste.
Heat up the oil, and add the bean pods chopped into medium sized pieces, as shown in the video. Fry them on a high heat for about 3-4 minutes. Add a bit of salt towards the end.