We live in zone 6a and I have been gardening and cooking for years. This blog is an opportunity for me to share with you my success and those failures that come about on occasion. Plus, I want to hear from all the gardeners and bakers and cooks out there and learn from you. Feel free to share your ideas.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Garlic Cloves

I received my garlic this weekend from Territorial Seed, and I started to prep the area where it will be planted with cow poo and compost from our compost bin. The compost is supposed to easily come out of the bin. Well, it was a little bit of a struggle because it was tightly packed. Once I started to shovel it out from the bottom things got easier. After I shoveled out what I wanted for the garlic, I mixed the bin materials very well. This will help the fresher material to turn more quickly into compost.

The bed that I prepped is like black gold. I think it will be perfect for the garlic. In our area, the garlic  should be planted in the next couple of weeks.

The other raised beds have been totally prepped for next spring. I have only one bed growing fall vegetables which is enough for us.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Garlic Cloves Have Been Shipped and Dogwood

I  received an e-mail that my Music garlic has just been shipped, and I should be receiving it in a few days. I have been preparing an area of the garden for planting garlic and  this is the first time I have ever tried growing it. Let's keep our fingers crossed.

I also took out a Dogwood tree that had died and planted a Kousa Dogwood in the same area.I think the reason the original Dogwood did not make it was because it was planted in the spring and summers are rough in our area  when it comes to new trees. I am hoping that by planting this in the fall it will not stress the tree as much. I will post pictures hopefully this weekend.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Tuesdays With Dorie: Baking With Julia-Whole Wheat Bread

It has been awhile since I have posted. I have been very busy with gardening clean up which I will detail in another post.

This post is about my adventures making whole wheat bread. The hosts for this month's recipe are:

Michele of Veggie Num Nums and Teresa of The Family That Bakes Together. So visit their sites if you are interested in the recipe.

This bread was very easy to make. I used molasses instead of malt extract and the bread turned out great. I took some other liberties too. One loaf was made according to the recipe, and  the other loaf chopped walnuts and raisins were added. Both loaves came out nicely and make excellent toast. I also think the recipe could be used to for  whole wheat rolls.

This was a no fuss recipe. See my results below.