Spring Garden - May 2, 2018

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This montage of photos gives a full view of my two larger garden plots. I then zoomed in on the husky cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, and tomatillo.  In hindsight, I probably over-planted a bit, as all of the plants are merging together. I get overzealous at the start of each growing season and now barely have walking room between the row of tomatoes and cucumbers. The harvest is still in abundance, so I'll simply make minor adjustments next time.

Spring Garden Progress - April 20, 2018

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The photos here show strong progress with the tomatoes, mint, cucumbers, and zucchini. The last photo, which is a marigold plant, is great for natural pest control. I plant these throughout the cinder block sections.

Spring Garden Commences - April 2018

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Today's blog post illustrates the start of my spring gardens. I decided to plant the following: various tomatoes, cucumbers, tomatillo, zucchini, and various peppers.  I planted each within 16-24 inches of spacing.

Container Garden - April 2018

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These are various herbs and vegetables that can grow quite well in containers.  Container plants can be easily watered as well as moved around for either more sun or more shade.  The plants in this gallery are: basil, cilantro, thai basil, carrots, lettuce, italian parsley, and mint.

Fruit Smoothie

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I wanted to follow up my chocolate smoothie recipe with a fruit smoothie option whereby no protein powder is used.  For those who don't like the texture of protein powder, one can certainly enjoy a healthy protein smoothie nonetheless.

Greek yogurt can be an adequate source of protein. The blueberries and strawberries are low-glycemic, and only a half banana keeps sugar content to a reasonable level.  Another tip is that frozen fruit will automatically make the smoothie cold and icy, so no additional ice is usually necessary.  But then again, experiment until you discover your desired consistency.  Finally, I find that a liquid other than water makes fruit smoothies taste a little better.  Almond milk or cow's milk are my picks, but soy or coconut milk will be fine too.

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1/4 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1/2 cup of greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp flax seed meal
  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 tsp maca powder