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Creative Gardening and frugal cooking

May 8th, 2022 at 09:46 pm

It's spring and that time when DH usually puts in a garden. This year we are looking for different places to plant besides the normal spots. With the way prices are at the grocery, we want to make sure we use every onion set and every seed in the seed packet. 

We don't have a huge garden area per se. But today I took an old kids' wagon we have had sitting in the back and we put dirt in it and I planted radishes. It is deep enough for them. Then we dug up around this one area that wasn't too big and planted onion sets. I had planted radishes, lettuce, and carrots a week ago in some spare pots we had sitting around. 

All winter I have been saving tea our of tea bags, coffee grounds, and egg shells and putting them in our garden areas. I guess I think I'm not only eliminating some trash, but also enriching the soil. 

We had an awful lot of rain in the past week, so DH can't plant his tomatoes quite yet. I figure the rain helped put those tea, coffee, and egg shells into the ground. We had worked them in with a spade last weekend.

We went to an Amish bulk food store a couple of weeks ago and I bought some white rye flour. I mix it with all purpose flour and bake loaves of bread. I think between the flour, water, sugar, yeast, and oil, the loaves are less than a dollar each. We had invited a couple over for supper the other night and she was shocked that I had baked bread from scratch. I commented it wasn't that hard, wasn't that expensive, and I know what's in it. She looked in some of my cabinets and was equally shocked with all the stuff I had canned. We've used quite a bit of it already but we still have quite a bit. I had her try some of the lavender jelly I made last fall and she asked me why I would even think about using lavender and I said, well, DH grew some and I used it for jelly and also for an all purpose cleaner, and why not use something he grows. He planted it originally because we read it was popular with butterflies. So, we figure that is good for both the butterflies and us. 

3 Responses to “Creative Gardening and frugal cooking”

  1. Wink Says:

    What a creative idea for the wagon! I don't typically bake much, but I received a 5lb. bag of flour from the senior center food give away so I tried my hand at making some biscuits from scratch. They were delicious and so easy. I will be baking from scratch more often for sure.

  2. rob62521 Says:

    Good for you, Wink! I make a cheesy, garlic biscuit that is really easy. I use a cup of flour, a teaspoon of baking soda, a teaspoon of baking powder, a half of a teaspoon of salt, and then some milk. I can't tell you how much milk because I don't measure. I just add a little at a time until everything is mixed up. I change this basic recipe up by adding other things. My husband's favorite is garlic and shredded cheese, but I sneak some oatmeal in for fiber. I have also changed it up with some other flour or herbs. I bake at 350 degrees in muffin tins (no liners, just spray with some oil) for about 20 to 25 minutes. They keep well and I often warm them before a meal.

    You can also store excess flour in the freezer. Just wrap up well. That's in case you get some more the next go around.

  3. My English Castle Says:

    Radishes are on my list for today, Rob!

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