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1 Foot Vegetable Garden

3x3 Vegetable Garden

3×3 Vegetable Garden

Well…it’s slightly more than a foot…but the idea is that you grow one vegetable within 1 foot square.
My garden is 3×3 by 1 foot deep. My handsome husband deserves a pat on the back for constructing this little garden!!

So we sealed all the wood up, built it and filled it all up with soil/compost. Then I planted in the seedlings of my growing veggies. Some of the seedlings are a bit young I think, so I’m hoping I haven’t moved them too soon, but some of them were definitely ready for a bigger growing space! I also planted the lettuce and carrots which instructed to sow directly.

Also, the pepper seeds didn’t germinate with the other ones…don’t know why, they were in the exact same conditions, but oh well. So I have attempted to just plant straight pepper seeds. I didn’t read up on this or anything, I just grabbed the seeds from a pepper I was using for dinner and planted them in the soil…so we’ll see what happens there!

So there are 9 vegetables planted in my 3×3 foot garden, and I can’t wait for them to start growing to eat them hopefully in a few months!!

Can’t wait to see how my little Garden Experiment turns out!

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Vegetable Garden – Seedling

Well it’s been 1 week since I planted my vegetable seeds…and some of them have started to pop through the soil! I’ve got a few pumpkin shoots, Kale, Lettuce and Broccoli so far! Just itty-bitty little baby plants! Now I realized I planted quite a few seeds into these tiny pots…and I’m also not trying to run a farm or anything, so I will have to narrow these down to the healthiest little guys and then go ahead a plant them outside once we build our little garden bed.

Since I’ve never done this before..aside from my own personal “Googling” that I’ll be doing – any first hand tips on how to “thin the crop” without disturbing the other seedlings, or even choosing the right ones would be helpful!!

I’m quite excited about this little project! I really can’t wait to see how it turns out in a few weeks/months time. But seeing the first bit of greenery in the planter pots has made me quite happy!

 

Little Baby Vegetables!

Little Baby Vegetables!

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Vegetable Garden

Veggies in Pots

Veggies in Pots

So I think I may have been bitten by the gardening bug….let’s hope my gardening genetics don’t come from my mom though…or I’m about to kill a lot of plants!  I still don’t really like flowers..they’re nice in other people’s gardens…but I can’t be bothered with them, and I’m more for simplicity and practicality!  So veggies it is!

This is two-fold. I think it will be a fun little project, but the plan is that this substitutes buying veggies from other people (stores).  It seems to me a lot easy to walk out to a garden and pick what you need then going to a shop and buying it from who knows where.

So…this will be my attempt at planting a vegetable garden!  My handsome man is going to build me a little enclosed garden area (since we have a concrete courtyard…obviously we need to start with some dirt!).  But most of the seeds I purchased suggest planting indoors first, so I started that today (aside from a couple that say sow directly).

My garden will consist of
-Tomatoes (I hate tomatoes – so does James, but I can use them to make sauces)
-Peppers
-Carrots
-Kale
-Lettuce
-Green Beans
-Broccoli
-Cucumber
-Spinach

And of course the pumpkins I started last week (nothing new on them yet…apparently they are “germinating” according to the package).

I’ve also got a few herbs started that I’d like to grow on the trellises
-Dill
-Parsley
-Coriander
-Chives
-Basil
And I’ll decide on probably about 3 more in the next few days.

 

Can’t wait!! One day when we have our own place…or at least a place with a decent garden space I would LOVE to have a proper vegetable garden/greenhouse that could actually supply our fruit and veggie needs…but I guess we’ll see how this goes first!

Since I’ve never done this before…anybody who has planted their own veggie garden…your thoughts and input are very welcome! Especially with what plant can/do grow vertical, which ones take over gardens and need space and/or any other helpful tid-bits!

I’ll keep you posted!

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Clean Eating Day 3

(This post contains recipes for Wholemeal/wheat Pizza)

Here we are on day 3.  Doing well so far. I’ve had some cravings for some sweets and chocolates – especially at our kids club when the counter just has a mini sweet shop on display. But I think these cravings are due more to the fact that I know I’ve said I can’t have it! So here is what I’ve had today.

Breakfast: Homemade Yoghurt topped with Homemade Granola, a dash of maple syrup and Chia seeds.

Yoghurt & Granola

Yoghurt & Granola

This was delicious by the way. I was wary of trying the homemade yoghurt as I just didn’t know what to expect. Admittedly, I half expected it to just taste like milk gone off, and to be clumpy and gross. BUT IT WASN’T! It was so delicious! I will, if not always, very often make Yoghurt this way now!

Here’s the recipe for the Yoghurt and Granola

LUNCH: Baked Potato with Butter and Cheese

Sorry, didn’t grab a picture of this one. As nice as it tasted, I didn’t assemble it in a photogenic way. You’ll just have to wait until next time.  This was just the left over from last night’s dinner, and will probably be lunch tomorrow as well. I love it when dinner goes so far!

DINNER: Whole Wheat Pizza

I learned a very valuable lesson while making this pizza….never underestimate the value of parchment paper.  I tend not to have this in the house…not for any “moral reason”…I just simply never think to buy it. I’ve always just figured I can put more flour down so the dough/cookies/whatever don’t stick. However…when avoiding the use of flour…parchment paper is a must! There is no picture of this pizza as it did NOT turn out pretty! It was a mess trying to get the pizza from the counter top to the tray! The taste was fine…but it looked more like an explosion rather than a pizza. Mental note – invest in parchment paper!

Here is the recipe for it anyway.  Also, I didn’t get the “cleanest” pepperoni for it. I will need to do some hunting to find a place that sells pure pepperoni without some of the natural flavourings and preservatives.

This recipe is originally from Bless this Mess, and there is a much better picture there to show what it is SUPPOSED to look like!

Whole Wheat Pizza

Ingredients
-3 cups whole wheat (meal) flour
-2 tsp sugar (use brown sugar, or some honey, or just nothing if you really don’t want sugar)
-1 1/2 tsp salt
-1/2 tsp yeast
-1 1/3 cups cold water
-1 Tbsp olive oil
-Pizza Sauce (or home-make with 1 tin crushed tomatoes, 2 Tbsp olive oil, 2 cloves Garlic)
-Cheese
-Toppings

Directions
1. In a large bowl, mix together the dry ingredients. Add the water and olive oil and mix until a soft dough forms.  It will be sticky and quite a bit wetter than a traditional yeast bread dough, don’t fear, this is how it’s supposed to be.

2. Cover bowl with cling film and refrigerate for at least 24 hours or up to 3 days.  The dough won’t rise much in the fridge..this is okay!

3. When ready to make, take dough out of the fridge and let sit at room temp for one hour before using.  Preheat your oven to 500 degrees F while you’re waiting (also a good time to make sauce, grate cheese, chop toppings). If you have a baking stone, heat it up in the oven. If you don’t have a stone, a pizza tray or cookie tray is fine as well. Heat the stone 30 minutes prior to putting the pizza on it or the tray 15 minutes prior to putting the pizza on it.

4. Once the oven heats up, cut the dough in half. Put half of the dough on the PARCHMENT PAPER (do not miss this step!). Tear the paper slightly larger than the stone/tray. Roll the dough (on top of the paper) into a 12-14 inch circle. It will be pretty thin, and sticky.

5. Add sauce, cheese and toppings as desired.

6. When it’s assembled, slide the pizza (which is on the parchment paper) on to a rimless cookie sheet or an upside down one – this step will help you get the pizza into the oven without burning yourself!

7. Open the oven and slide the pizza (paper and all) onto the hot stone/tray. Please do be careful as your oven is very hot right now! Don’t burn yourself.  Just give the paper a gentle tug and it should slide from the tray in your hand to the hot tray in the oven.

8. Bake for 10-15 minutes until the top is bubbly and edges are starting to brown. Use the same tray you used to get the pizza into the oven and re-tug on the parchment paper to pull the pizza out of the oven onto the cool tray.

9. Repeat with second half of the dough (remember the parchment paper!)

EVENING SNACK: Chopped Veggies, Raisins, Spicy Roasted Chickpeas, Hummus, Flat bread, Sweet Potato Crisps

Had the girls over this evening, and instead of indulging in chocolate bars and cake, we had some very appetizing and tasty healthy snacks.

I will post the recipe for Sweet Potato Crisps another day when I perfect them a little more.
The Hummus and Flat Bread were store bought so I don’t have a recipe for them.