This weekend the Master Gardeners held their plant sale at the Fairgrounds, so I picked up some 'babies' to plant! After filling one flat, & loading that in the car, I returned for another go-round.
Several garden centers & groups had plants for sale, & I found some sweet treasures. The purple flower is an Auricula primrose, & the white, Mexican Orange which has lovely fragrant blossoms, & makes a small hedge! I brought the tomatoes, basil & pepper plants inside, to wait for warmer weather.
It was a grey day, good for a bit of digging! Last spring I put down a layer of cardboard & old cloth to shade out the grass, & throughout the season, my son-in law covered the 'bed' with extra dirt he removed placing stepping stones. I prefer hand digging to tilling; easier on the soil, & good exercise after all.
I have a D-handle spading fork, & chop the clumps with a long handled tool - which is good for making seed furrows. My beds have their share of 'crab' grass with long runners, & some morning glory - so those go in a special pile, to dry out before going into compost.
There are several beds surrounded with wood, I may leave this one simply 'mounded.' This corn salad (mache) is fun in salads, & self seeds, so begins coming up in about Feb.
I found a fun recipe for Dandy Muffins the other day on the fat of the land blog - utilizing about a cup of dandelion flowers!
You twist out the gold petals, & could add them to pancakes or other recipes as well! I want to try these on my grandkids (& have them help me gather the flowers) when they're back from Disneyland!
2 C flour (I used 1/4 C coconut & 1/4 C sorgham, 1 1/2 C WW flour)
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 Tbsp poppy seeds
1 C fresh dandelion flowers - just the gold petals
1/4 C melted coconut oil
2 Tbsp agave nectar
1 1/2 C (or a bit more) liquid
(I used lemon balm tea; buttermilk or coconut milk are other options)
- Mix dry ingredients, breaking the flower petals apart.
- Mix the wet ingredients, & stir into the dry, spoon into muffin tins.
These filled a muffin pan plus a 3" baking dish - grease pans or put parchment paper or baking cups in the bottom.
- Bake at 400* 20-25 min, till a toothpick comes out clean.