Tuesday, June 19, 2012
And so the winds continued yesterday. Sun came out .. .went for a break, then decided to shine for a while. Glad to have you back, transforming the yard!
I’ve started taking a teaspoon of the EM concentrate every day .. as it seemed to have been very effective in warding off a recent ailment that was bothering me. Yea again to the magic of EM. I’d listened to someone who shared that she has taken a spoon daily for a few years and has managed to avoid catching strong colds that were affecting her friends. Those kinds of colds that really knock you off your feet. So I’ve heeded her story and have begun with the daily EM. It tastes quite sharp and not bad at all.
Decided it was time to mix up a batch of garlic scape pesto… so quickly chopped, put in the blender, added olive oil, finely shredded parmesan and almond slices (slightly browned in a small cast iron pan). Loosely guided by a recipe found on the ‘net .. I soon had a delicious mix prepared. Garlicy .. delicious.
Next, I placed a small amount in wax paper and into the freezer, to firm up a bit. Later, I placed sections in a small square of w/paper, formed into a small circular shape, and piled them in glass containers for the freezer. Now, I’m all set to use a bit in the next recipe.
And speaking of which, I found a great blog with a variety of pesto recipes and one in particular for pesto broccoli quinoa .. I’ll reblog that one!
Yesterday I was getting back in my stride … feeling so much better. Spent hours outside … finally potting up those herb seeds from a gift years ago. Funny, the seed packets note to “use the seeds before 2006” … ha ha, I scoff, as I soak the contents of each packet in a diluted EM solution. We’ll see, my pretties!
Don’t know what I’ll do if all the seeds sprout, though! There are: coriander, thyme, parsley, basil and some spinach. Bumper crop. Then I found some lovely squash seeds and my wonderful luffa. I’ll just try a few of the luffa seeds .. to see if I can actually grow some. Fingers crossed.
Then I spent some time unpotting some Scotch moss, separated some of the plants into two sections, soaked them in diluted EM and placed them at the side garden, in front of the boxwood. This area is starting to look great. And I scattered hundreds of Calendula seeds in this area. These flowers grow like weeds. Lovely yellow and orange coloured petals. Then I can collect the petals for future use. Ah, at times it seems as if I’m regressing .. I used to do this years ago.
I plan to get back into soap making .. on a small-scale, just for the fun of it. I’ll not use tallow this time .. will focus on the cocoanut base and other plant-based materials. And I do not plan to go into business this time … so will just enjoy the pleasure of creating a small variety of soaps for friends and myself.
Watched the baby sparrows learning from their parents, how to feed at the bird feeders. I can hear their tiny chirps high above in the trees. They sound cute. Still looking forward to seeing the little woodpeckers, chickadees and other birds.
Funny how time just disappears in the garden. Such an enjoyable place to be. And I’m very slowly decluttering .. planting the cuttings started last year. Collecting all unused plant pots. I’m really making headway .. and … enjoying the journey!