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Gardentails

Gardentails

(like the Cocktails)

Mother Earth Libations

Mother Earth Libations

Now how many times in your life have you spent the day in the garden thinking about what great cocktail you are going to harvest today? Maybe never! But absolutely great Gardentails are just sitting there waiting for the pickin’.

She's Hot Mary

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Start this Hot Mama out with some Garden Infused Vodka.

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Jalapeños, Habanero Chiles, and Fresh Basil, and Limes fire up this Gardentail. 

I like to make home made Tomato Basil Soup using my fresh San Marzanos and use as my mix, along with a little horseradish. Mix in about 4 tablespoons of Barbeyaki Spicy and you are ready to take off. Then pour in that infused vodka and garnish with olives, picked cucumber spears , and a piece of crispy bacon. Goes real good with a big bowl of your favorite Gelato.  This recipe curtsy of Barbeyaki Master Chef John Woods.

The Chamtito

The Chamjito

On the refreshing side of things, try out the Chamjito. Champagne with Mojito. Muddle some of your fresh mint, limes with some sugar water and Silver Rum.  Strain and pour half a flute mixed with the other half of Champagne. The garnish with fresh raspberries, blueberries, and tiny leaves of mint. You better make a bunch of this because you can’t stopped drinking them.

The Flower Child

The Flower Child

This Gardentail is for all of you Flower Folks. Infuse some Titos Vodka with Elderflowers, Buffalo Grass and Basil. Mix together 65% Rose wine and 35% of your Floral Concoction. Garnish with Blueberries.

And last but not least, the Delta Punch

Delta Punch...and It's Packed

Delta Punch…and It’s Packed

Put a cup of Raw Sugar with a quart of Indian Black Tea. Then add a quart of Buffalo Trace Bourbon, 2 cups of Meyers Dark Rum,2 Cups Cognac, 1 cup Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice, I cup Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice and 1 1/2 cups Pellegrino Sparkling Water. Garnish with Nutmeg.

Hotty Toddy and Be Nice To Your Garden.

Y’all Done Drank So Much You Look Like You Been Chasin’ Cars

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Winter Garden

In The Beginning

In The Beginning

It all started very innocently. After a very successful 6 months of Spring and Summer gardening, it was time to take my shot at Winter Gardening. Unfortunately for me, I was not prepared for the difficulties and everyday dilemmas that exist in growing veggies in the freezing cold. Now you may wonder how someone living in sunny Southern California can whine about his farming woes, but this is not a normal SC winter.

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With my Turkey Poop and new top soil mixed well, the lettuces,broccoli,onions, and squash started out well. And then came the cold, and the rain, and the rats, and more cold, and no sun, and more rats!!! Dadgummit! What is with Rats and Winter?

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Whaaaaaa!

This is what most of my communal gardening community looks like now.

Ghost Town

Ghost Town

Frozen Plants

Frozen Plants

It’s really sad and a little bit depressing. All of the work and time and love for these plants and 2 days of freezing weather can destroy everything. I started thinking about a scenario where what if I only had this food to eat for my family. It was our life line to nutrition. If this happened under this scenario we would starve to death. Now that shed another light on who we are as humans and what we take for granted each and every day.

Fortunately, my plants were  a little more mature than most because I planted earlier. I was blessed! Most were able to fight off the cold, rains, and rats. But not all. I did salvage a few delicious veggies this winter and I am very thankful for this.

Mixed Lettuce

Mixed Lettuce

Pristine Broccholi

Pristine Broccoli

Emerald Cabbage

Emerald Cabbage

Purple-Cauliflower-400x300Purple Cauliflower

So as you can see, I have gotten over my self-pity and realized that I am one blessed gardener. The rains, cold, and rats may have played havoc on alot of my garden this Winter, but the Good Lord still provided what was necessary and some more.

………….and by the way………..I did take care of the Rats!

Not bad, taste like chicken!

Not bad, taste like chicken!

Don’t Be Hanging Your Basket Higher Than You Can Reach!

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Lettuce

Lettuce Poop

When we think of Lettuce, we think of that leafy green stuff we mix into our salads that sticks between our teeth. It’s the stuff that we are told will make us healthy and stronger if we eat it alot. But there are many other types of Lettuce and other uses for lettuce.

1.Lettuce is a very fashionable type of apparel.

Fits Perfect..Doesn’t it.

2. There is a very Famous music group named Lettuce

Real Good Funk Music

3. Lettuce can also be a therapeutic cure for depression and sadness….even loneliness.

My reason for growing Lettuce is simple……………I want to eat it cause it taste good and makes me Poop real good. Let’s be honest for a second. If you are over 40 this issue has got to concern you. And there is no better cure for constipation than homegrown lettuce!

Winter Lettuce

As you can see I have quite the diverse crop growing this year and it is doing it’s job.

Crazy Mixed Variety

Romaine

Some Type of Arugula I Think

This stuff grows like crazy. Every other day I am taking off bags of lettuce. And it taste so good. But I am having trouble getting anything else done. Cause I just can’t seem to get off my throne.

Don’t Let the Door Hit Ya, Where the Good Lord Split Ya!

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Winter Is Here…..As In Vegetables

The Sabbath is over. My last garden post was a couple days ago but in reality my garden has been resting for almost two months now. I have fed it well with 25 bags of Turkey Poop, 15 bags of Top Soil, soaked it with Beneficial Nematodes, and watered it daily. It is now ready to go and so am I.

All Rested and Full of Nutrients

For my Winter Garden, I have selected 6 different varieties of Lettuce, 4 different Squashes, 3 unusual types of Onions, 3 types of Cauliflower, and two types of Broccoli. After learning from my summer mistakes, I have provided each vegetable ample room to grow.

The Planted Winter Garden

Proper Spacing for Squash

So, keep your fingers crossed. I have failed a couple of times before with Lettuce. Too much heat in the summer and bunnies! Already off to a stinky start as you would know, 2 days after I planted the Winter Garden, the heat hit 90 degrees again. So say a little prayer for my garden this week. With my brown thumb it will definitely need it. And with a little luck and a big blessing, This little patch might bring us some  Winter delight.

Day One

The Dream

Weedin’ a Pretty Wide Row

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The Sabbath

The Sabbath

The Sabbath at Church

When most of us hear the word, “Sabbath“, we cringe. “Oh no, it’s Sunday again. I am so pooped! Please Mom, let me sleep in today. I will go to church next Sunday. I promise.” But actually the Sabbath has many meanings.

1. The seventh day of the week, Saturday, as the day of rest and religious observance among Jews an some Christians. EX.20:8-11

2. The first day of the week, Sunday, similarly observed by most Christians in commemoration of the Resurrection of Christ.

3. Any special day of prayer or rest resembling the Sabbath, Friday is the Muslim Saturday.

4. a period of Rest

So today I am talking about a period of rest, not for me, not for my family, but for my Garden. It has gone from this………

In the Beginning

to this………and this………..

Beets

Zuchinni

producing this………

Zucchini and Beans

and that………….

Beets

My Garden has worked it’s butt off, and now it needs a Rest………A Sabbath. So that is just what I am doing . I have put in 35 bags of fresh Birome Gin Turkey Poop Compost and 15 bags of top notch Top Soil. Yes Siree, I take good care of my garden. Nuttin’ but the best for her…….it is a her isn’t it??? So here she is right now.

Nap Time

All peaceful and comfortable. Basking in the remnants of the last days of the California summer. Once in a while I swear I can hear her snoring. She is conked out, full of worms and other good creepy crawlers. I will let her sleep for a good 45 days before I wake her and get her back to work. Then I have big plans for the Winter months. I have decided it is a real good idea to let all things; people, animals, plants, etc., that do something good for us, to have a nice rest at our expense. So the next time your spouse does something really nice for you, or that great employee goes the extra mile, or Bubba the Dog greets you at the door after a tough day’s work, be nice to them, give them a break, let them rest. You know what they say where I’m from don’t you….“One day you’re drinking wine and the next day you’re pickin’ the grapes. Just let ’em Rest.

There ‘s a new day tomorrow, and it ain’t been touched yet!

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