Flower Power

This weekend we are hosting Thanksgiving dinner in August with some friends.  Because who says you can only feast on turkey and mashed potatoes once a year?   Today I got some flowers together and arranged them for the table pieces.  What’s your favorite type of flower?  I’m in love with the green ones, known as Barbatus Green Balls!
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I HATE KITTIES

This is really a blog about gardening, cooking and our cats.  Sometimes I get asked to write more about our work, but writing about soybeans is much more fun! But I will show this video because it’s about kitties…
This is a new video we just completed and are very excited to share, it’s called “I Hate Kitties”.  It was for Vice Magazine.

New Strawberries From Old Strawberries

I want to double our strawberry plants!  Many of the strawberry plants are growing runners, so we will plant these runners into cups and then it will result in new strawberry plants. 
You can see here, there’s 10 cups with the runners buried that are still attached to the actual strawberry plants.  In a few days, we will cut these off and have 10 brand new strawberry plants to plant!
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To more strawberries soon!
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Soybeans Harvest

A few days ago I saw one soybean which looked semi full, so I thought “are they ready to be picked”?  So I picked one, and boiled one to test one.
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Then  I sucked it dry and slurped those beans out.  BEST EDAMAME EVER.
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So then yesterday and today I picked more.   They still have a few more days to bulk up, but I can’t control myself because they’re so good.
This was yesterday’s soybean harvest…
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And this was today’s.
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And tonight I just ate a big bowl of edamame for dinner.  It  made me so happy!
We literally have thousands more.. to get a idea of how many, this is one part of one plant.. of the 54 plants we have!
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Hello, You Are Tall

We had kale tonight for dinner with some frozen broccoli that we grew in May.  It was covered in garlic sauce.  It was very good!
Look at how big the kale continues to grow.. it’s prehistoric!
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For size comparison, I’m 5’6.
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Also, the red beans have grown higher than the fence, there’s nothing we can do.  Matthew who is 6′ needs to stand on boxes to semi reach them.
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The other red beans box has grown so much so quickly.  Remember they were this tall 6 DAYS ago?
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This Week In Pictures

This post will be dedicated to the random pictures that describe the past week.  Hope you all had a great one!
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I got a new neon yellow tank top that states what I like.  Well it should say “I’m obsessed with cats” but this will do.  By the way, I am drinking half mint/half lemon iced tea, it was delicious.
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This is a chocolate donut from DOUGH.  This place is nearby and I fear for myself every time we go in. It’s really some of the best donuts you’ll ever taste.
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Kale + Shrimp + Cilantro + Garlic + Lime for lunch.  DELICIOUS.
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Corn Round 2

The corn did the best it ever did this year.  Can I say it was the most delicious corn I ever had? Sometimes when we picked them, I would just husk and start to nibble on them raw.. so sweet, so good.  So a few days ago we picked all the corn that was left because the plants appeared to be done.

We really can’t get over how good they did, each plant had 2-3 ears on them a piece.
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So knowing we were going to rip down the corn, what were we going to plant now? We decided to go for round 2 of corn.  Our time frame is very limited, and it’s going to be a race if the corn can grow before the cold kicks in, but we decided to roll the garden dice and see.  So off we went to Home Depot to buy some manure so we can give the corn some good soil to grow in.
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Fact: I love the smell of manure.  It’s a child hood thing.  Or a weird thing. Not sure.
This box is very happy to be filled with nutrients.
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2 happy boxes!
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So then the corn was planted.   I would highly suggest this kind if growing corn.  The plants don’t grow super tall, but they grow alot of corn.  And it’s delicious.  Just do it.
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We planted just a few days ago and already every single seed has come up.. welcome to the garden corn!
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Mushroom Salad

My local grocery store’s deli makes a delicious mushroom salad.  I want to ask them the recipe for it but I’m scared of rejection so I don’t.  So I’ve been trying to piece together all the ingredients to make my own.    This here is a yummy mushroom salad which is good for a side dish or a snack. 

Ingredients:
2 jars whole mushrooms (I use these ones)
1/2 green pepper
1/2 yellow pepper
1/2 red pepper
handful of cherry tomatoes
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon dried dill
salt + pepper to taste

Directions:
Cut your peppers into small pieces. 
In a bowl, combine all your ingredients and mix around.
Chill in the refrigerator for a few hours.
Eat and enjoy!

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You could also make it without cherry tomatoes, but I have millions right now.
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Beans, Beans, Lots of Beans!

This post will be about 2 types of beans: soy beans, yard long red beans.
The soy beans are looking great, they might be in the running for the surprise plant of the year award.  They sure grow bushy, and oh my, there are SO many beans.  There are 54 soy bean plants here.  This is enough for a family of 17 (seriously).  Looks like I will have edamame forever!
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From the front:

Now get ready for soy bean insanity.  They have a few more weeks left until they’re filled up, but anyone have a good way of harvesting these, besides crying and rooting through for hours?
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Furry beans:
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The red beans are looking great, we have 3 boxes of them growing.  2 of them are growing up the fence, they are racing:

This box is winning:
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These ones are growing up a trellis spread across a entire box. 
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Seedlings Update

We started many broccoli and cauliflower seedlings, they’ve been growing well.  The truth is at this time we don’t know who’s who because they got disorganized, it might just be a surprise.
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The cucumbers are looking great and were transplanted into containers:
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We also found a few tomato plants lingering in the garden that grew from seeds in the compost, so we decided to plant some…..because we don’t have enough tomatoes already (sarcasm detected). 


Here’s a update on the potato plant too, who has been covered with soil multiple times.
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Curiosity Mars Landing

Did you stay up to watch Curiosity land on Mars? Did you cheer? Did you chant “Science! Science!”?  Did you cry? I did all of them.  What a night!
All eyes on Curiosity.
Mr. Grandpa Mars was very excited for the landing.  He thinks we might find his family now!
Grandpa Mars is waiting in anticipation!
Look at how excited he is!
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He has hope..
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