Lettuce + Spinach Planting

With my sudden realization that lettuce is actually pretty yummy, we found some starter lettuce plants at Home Depot this weekend.  Here is to hoping for 8 healthy lettuce plants…
Also we decided to plant the spinach that we started from seeds  as the weather is pretty great in the reports from here out. 

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That’s spinach in the orange container.  Lettuce surrounding it.

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5 spinach plants in the box plus an additional lettuce as we had room for it.

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The rest of the lettuce plants are in window boxes below the big box.

The next planting will come in early April.  Be sure to check out our time line of upcoming plant dates off to the right. :)

This Week In Pictures

I take alot of pictures that I don’t post here.  Most of them are just random findings through the day but don’t seem worthy of it’s own post, so I thought I would start a new weekly feature where I share these pictures.  Hope you enjoy! :)

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I walked by this kitty in Brooklyn, it’s not Xanadu, but very close!

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It’s Spring time so the Ice Cream trucks are out in full force.  One vanilla cone for Matthew’s healing wisdom tooth = $2.

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Hi. :) These are my Mickey Mouse sunglasses I got at Animal Kingdom in August.

The rest are behind the cut.

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Onions, Kale, Carrots – Oh Baby, Baby!

I say “Oh, Baby, Baby” alot.  I know, you’re thinking “That’s so Britney Spears”.  And you’re absolutely right.  I love Britney Spears, I can’t help it.  I think everyone between the age of 20-35 secretly does. If you tell me you don’t I won’t believe you, and will probably find you do doing a school girl shimmy in your bedroom if I sneaked in one night.  But then I would get arrested.  For now I will just trust you that you love her too.

We planted our onions, kale and carrots – oh baby, baby!  Seeing these new plants in our garden is really making me feel like spring is almost here.  With the peas past the 1 inch mark now and seeing the onions blowing in the wind, the garden excitement is back.  Although it really never left, now it’s just in overdrive. 

Also, I found something I am really good at and that’s always exciting. Actually it’s even more fun when I look at Matthew and say “I am so much better than you at this” and he laughs, because he knows I am so many levels above his in sorting onion sets out to make them into individual plants.  I think I was about 6 plants to his 1, I was a onion sorting machine.  I use the technique of pretending the onion set and roots are hair and jus pulling apart slightly while shaking to get the knots out.  I think it’s a girl thing. 

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This is how the onions look, beautiful, right? Then you realize there are about 5 onions in each set and all the roots are tied together down bottom.

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No worries though, just shake them out and soon you will have individual onions.

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We ended up with about 50 separate onions, we don’t have room to plant 40 though. So I had to play that role of picking favorites, it was hard.  I think I almost cried.  I tend to personify everything and then become attached.  Even to onions.

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Here is 24 onions planted! Woo Woo! This is our first time planting onions so hopefully it goes well.  Most times you would probably have these a few inches further apart if you had the ground space, but we have a roof, so we do what we can.

Next the kale! Matthew is currently obsessed with kale.  He didn’t think he liked it, then he had lunch at a friend’s house and when he came home he excitedly told me we must grow kale and eat it all the time.  So that is what we will do.

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Look at these gorgeous guys.

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Ok 8 kale plants – planted!

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Here’s the onions and kale together.  Note the spots next to the kale are cut already but nothing is inside.  This will be the home of the spinach!

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Last up, carrots.  We love our carrots. Last year we had great luck with growing some big carrots.  Carrots are great – for dinner, for juicing, for snacking.  Plus I think they’re hands down of of the most gorgeous plants in the garden with their bushy green tops.  They remind me of bunnies. I told Matthew I was going to buy a pastel bunny statue and put it near the carrots.  I still want to, although once I start decorating the garden, I won’t stop and we’ll suddenly end up with every animal in the world in statue form on our roof.   Where was I? Carrots! This year we bought carrot pellets, because carrot seeds are so tiny to sort though. They sell these pellets now that have the seed somehow inside, I don’t know how they do it, I would like to think of it as modern day magic.

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We planted close to 48 carrot seeds, but with weeding out we’ll probably end up with close to half.  That’s so many carrots.  I’m so excited. *Dances*  We often dance on the roof.  I started this trend between us as when I get excited I grab Matthew’s hand and do a happy shake, think of a girl on American Bandstand in the 50s/60s.  My dance moves are all out of that era. They’re pretty amazing.  Well now we both do it as a garden dancing ritual.  It’s fun.  I would suggest everyone dance in their garden.  I think it makes the plants happy. :)   We also sing to the plants but that’s another book to write.
Anyways, by the picture above after we plant everything we water them – but not with water, with compost tea.  MMMMMMMM.  The plants love it.  It’s like a gourmet dinner to them.

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Spring time is almost here!  Have a lovely day all. :)

Garden Box – Filled!

Today we filled the long box up with potting mix, added nutrients and covered it with it’s moisture loving plastic.  We also filled other boxes up with manure and soil but I didn’t take pictures of that.  My back hurts!

This is when we started, as you can see it wasn’t full..

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Then we put a little bit of the potting mix in and add some water on top. Mix it up with your hands. 

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Then we add some Perlite.
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Then we add vitamins/vegetable food all the way around the box on the edges.  Then cover it up.

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Then you water again….

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Then cover with plastic.

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Next we’ll be planting some vegetables in this box….. YAY! Garden time!

Thursday

Today we finally gave in to Home Depot and bought the Moisture Control potting mix.  We usually just use the regular potting mix but we’re over a week behind schedule and I grew tired of walking to Home Depot everyday and bugging them to order it.  The garden supervisor even gave me his personal phone number and business card because I’m there so much.  So today we went to the Depot, and got the Moisture Control version, we’re hoping it’s just as good.  We then pushed it home and then carried it up the stairs, and across the roof.  What a work out.  I was huffing and puffing, sweating, and occasionally collapsing on a bag of manure.  It happens.  Tomorrow we will fill up the box and plant the carrots, spinach, kale and onions! Woooo!

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In totally non related news, Matthew got one of his wisdom teeth pulled today, it was impacted so it was a little more difficult than a regular one.  So for dinner tonight I made some creamy mashed potatoes.  He took a Vicodin afterwards and is currently kinda loopy, it’s enjoyable to watch.

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Well, that’s it.  For the rest of the evening I will be hanging out with my girl Bofinkles watching Law & Order.  I swear I’ve seen them all to the point of where I don’t remember if I’ve seen it or not.

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Pineapple/Orange/Strawberry Juice

I love my juicer. I love my juicer even more when I can save fruits that are near their ending shelf life. I love my juicer even more when it involves pineapples.
Today’s juice is simple and will give you one giant cup full – close to 10 oz. This could easily be 2 servings, but I filled up on it and probably won’t be hungry until dinner now.
Ingredients: 3 oranges (peeled), few slices of pineapple, few strawberries (I added about 6)
Directions: Juice, Drink!

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Salad with Salsa

Man, this is so good.  I just had it for lunch and already thinking about having a big bowl of it for dinner too.  I used to be a anti-lettuce girl, but I have come around to it slowly.  Actually I came around to it so much that I had a salad today so I guess I’m cured from my lettuce phobia.   I don’t like traditional salads – I don’t like salad dressings unless they’re the oily Italian ones, so I thought why not put some salsa on top to give it a Mexican salad taste? Great idea, this was is delicious.

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This is our lettuce growing in our window farm, it’s doing great, so I decided to prune it today and get some leaves off for lunch.

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Washed the leaves..

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Cut up a leftover tomato..

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Heated up some leftover pinto beans from a few nights ago..

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Now for salsa, I’m obsessed with black bean and corn salsa – SO GOOD.  I can’t wait for tomato season because I will be  making my own nonstop.  I will make so much I will set up a shop on the street just selling this salsa.  Ok, I probably won’t, but I will make alot for me to eat.  For  now, I buy this in the store. I love the cactus guy on it.

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Then just put it all in a bowl and stir around.

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You could also add cheese on top but I wanted to be innocent today.

Happy Wednesday – Breakfast Time?

Happy Wednesday all! :)
Question: Do you eat breakfast?  If so, what time do you eat breakfast and what do you eat? Does it change your day at all, can you function without it?
I admit I usually skip breakfast completely, but on days (like today) where I have a few extra minutes and know I need the additional calories to combat the afternoon of not having time to eat lunch, it helps.  Plus breakfast food has some of the best options.

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Pineapple Moment

I’m having a pineapple moment. All I want is pineapple. Today I had pineapple pizza for lunch.  Actually I had 2 slices of pizza, and a Diet Coke to make the meal healthy.  ;) It was so good, and only 6 dollars which is a bargain in Midtown!

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Then once I got home hours later I had a pineapple craving again.  So I cut up Mr. Pineapple, threw 2 pieces on top of the stove to medium/high heat and browned both sides, it took about 8 minutes.  Some people like to add sugar to the pineapple but I think it’s already sweet enough.  Heating up the pineapple changes the feeling of the snack, it tastes more hearty all of a sudden.  I think that’s just my eyes tricking my belly, but that’s ok.  Try it!

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Weekend Pics

This weekend was spent with creative friends on set.  I’m a very tired girl now so I will be sleeping in tomorrow. :)
Here’s some behind the scenes fun, can’t wait to share the finished projects.

Jock Jams shoot today, Emma our balla.

Brights today.

Sam, minus her sheep.

Botanical Room Take 1

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The Broccoli is Planted!

When it was beautiful out yesterday I only wore a shirt on the roof.  It was lovely.  So we decided to take advantage of the near 70 degrees and plant the broccoli.   Now today I had a winter coat, hat and scarf on.  Make up your mind “winter”.  Anyways, all 18 broccoli plants have been planted and will reside in the green house for the next month.  Here’s to hoping for some monster broccoli boys..

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Before they were planted, taking a moment to wish them luck.

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Here you go..

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Here’s your new home guy.

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All planted..

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Broccoli love.

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Their new home for the next few weeks.  <3