Posts Tagged 'gardening'

My Mostly Failed Garden

As you know, I’ve been trying to grow green beans since I’m basically addicted to them. After over 60 days of nurturing, they did not turn out so well. In fact, they were kind of disgusting. And I mostly blame one thing: the dirt. When I planted the seeds, I noticed the dirt wasn’t very dirt-like, but I didn’t know why. After the first big storm here, I went to water my plants and found that the dirt had completely hardened. It was like the earth was trying to suffocate my plants! As I explained my story to my manfriend’s parents, his mom nodded and said to me “Yeah, that Georgia clay.”

Clay. How can I possibly grow delicious and nutritious food in clay? Whenever I have time and money, I will build a garden box with good soil. The bugs were also an issue, but moreso with the sunflowers. They’ve been fighting to survive, and one has finally successfully blossomed!

this sunflower says "screw you, bugs! i do what i want!"

So those are my gardening adventures. I learned about the importance of dirt, and hope to make a beautiful garden full of yummy vegetables another time.

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Soy Glazed Chicken

CHECK OUT MY GREEN BEANS!

baby green beans! i know that the background is what's in focus, but seriously. how cool is this? super cool.

Unfortunately I didn’t stake them originally. I knew the green beans would be too heavy for the plants, but I was just lazy. I bought some stakes tonight, so hopefully the plants will quickly wrap/grow around them, and the green beans will continue to flourish.

Anyway, this week I was inspired by YumSugar’s Slow Cooked Soy Ginger Chicken, but I don’t have a crock pot. Instead I made a glaze similar to theirs and baked the chicken. It’s pretty delicious, though I wished I could’ve marinated the drumsticks longer. I put it in little tacos, over rice, on salads, and over pasta. So delicious and amazing.

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Vietnamese-style Beef with Lime

I love Vietnamese food, in case you hadn’t already noticed. So when I found this delicious, simple recipe on the Noble Pig blog, I couldn’t resist. But, as usual, i forgot to take a picture of it. Also…I need to use my good camera, instead of the one on my phone when I photograph my food. But I realized I hadn’t updated you on my green beans! I re-planted them in the ground since I started growing them in pots. They’re starting to flower!

green beans! sooo excited!

And I wanted to share this amazing photograph of an amazing box of amazing mangoes. It seems that most people don’t know of Ataulfo and smaller mangoes, instead of the large colorful mangoes. I got it for $8.99 at the Buford Highway Farmers Market. My manfriend was baffled yet not surprised that I got it.

so many mangoes!

Anyway, onto the recipe…

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I LOVE Green Beans

I don’t know if you already knew this, but I love green beans. I could just snack on raw green beans all day. Granted, I get that weird green bean breath, but I don’t care. They’re so delicious and nutritious and crunchy and tasty and perfect. So I decided at Lowe’s the other day that I would buy green bean seeds. At first, they took their sweet time blooming. I thought “What am I doing wrong? Are they not planted deep enough? Is the weather too hot? Is it too late in the season?” But then last week they began to sprout. I left on Friday to visit my manfriend, and when I returned home this evening, they looked like this:

my green bean plant! it has canopies for ants! not that i want many bugs hangin around my beans...

They had grown SIGNIFICANTLY since I had left. I’m so excited!!! My only fear is that they don’t have enough room to grow. I’d re-plant them in our backyard, but we haven’t had a chance to clean it up and redo the soil and all that jazz. We just don’t have time. I also looked up whether or not I needed to give them a stake or wire or something for them to grow around, and I conclude from my research that they do not. Apparently there are some green beans that grow that way, and some that don’t. The ones I bought did not say I had to provide something for them to grow around, so…I will not provide it.

So I’m pretty psyched for these green beans to grow. Stay tuned!


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