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Spinach, Smoothies, and Survivors


The nice thing about spinach from my yard is that I’m very sure it’s organic.


They’re just the greatest when the weather is warm, don’t you think?

In this one: homemade yogurt, frozen mango, frozen raspberries, and frozen strawberries.

Glass straw details here.


This pot used to be full of basil seedlings.

But for some odd reason, a whole bunch of them died.

Then Zoe knocked over the pot and more died.

And a squirrel has dug through the pot twice, uprooting these poor plants.

Attention, all squirrels! There are no acorns in this pot. Please stop rummaging around. Thank you.

I seriously have never had this much trouble growing basil before. I almost broke down and bought a plant at the grocery store.

But these seedlings are looking pretty healthy now and I think I can patiently wait for them to be big enough to eat.

Grow, basil, grow!


Today’s 365 post: Because I like to live life on the wild side…

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Tuesday 29th of May 2012

I had two large nice basil plants and some creature (my guess is squirrels) tore them up and made a total mess! After months of trying, they finally also ate through our hard (!) plastic suet hanger! Grrrrr.... I hate squirrels; there is nothing they won't destroy.


Sunday 27th of May 2012

It's called damping off and is caused by several varieties of fungi. The fungi are in the soil, on the pots or in the water you use, so cleaning with Jeyes Fluid and using fresh compost and only tapwater (not rainwater) helps. The fungi are encouraged by dampness, so overwatering and overcrowding and keeping them in a humid place will all help it grow. At least you have some left - looks like they've thinned themselves out and saved you a job!


Sunday 27th of May 2012

Wow, I had no idea! That does sound exactly like what happened to mine. I wonder why it happened this year but no other years.


Sunday 27th of May 2012

Oh, squirrels digging in my freshly-planted flowers or herbs drives me crazy! I leave the pots out in the winter and they don't bother them at all until I plant something in them! I think it's spite.


Sunday 27th of May 2012

Fungus Gnats - they love slightly damp soil, and take out our precious seedlings in a trice. Keep the soil a bit on the dry side. ignore the wilting of the babies until the soil feels DRY 1" down. buy Fungus Gnat Predators. Curse. get sticky papers to catch the flying Gnats. Curse

We lose cucumbers and Basil each year. I think that they are both more fragile and also that they are less thirsty. keeping them dry. that is the ticket


Sunday 27th of May 2012

Now throw a handful of that spinach into your smoothie and you've got a good deal. I promise it won't affect the taste and if the color is not so pretty some dark colored berries cover it up easily. Yummy way to pack an extra serving of veggies in your day!

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