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June 26, 2012

oh there’s such a thrill in digging in the dirt.  and when you pull up candy red radishes and crisp lettuce leaves, life can’t get any better.  salads, therefore, are the main mode of dinner these nights.  and i am thankful.  after 12 weeks of healthy eating, i slid back into my old ways.  the whole food workshop that i took did so much to keep me on track.  and without the support and encouragement, i found bad and familiar patterns.  but digging in the dirt has salvaged that.  and it can only get better.  our CSA will start in a week, and soon, we’ll have vegetables out of our ears.  thank goodness for the bounty of this land.

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  1. June 26, 2012 8:00 am

    There’s absolutely nothing like growing your own food from scratch, patiently waiting for it to grow and finally getting to eat the freshest food possible.

  2. June 26, 2012 9:15 am

    Yum. There’s nothing better, is there? Interested in your whole food workshop.

    • hughes and home permalink*
      June 26, 2012 3:50 pm

      Hi Tammy! The Whole Food Kitchen workshop was presented by Heather from Beauty That Moves. She also has a 30 Day Vegan Cleanse and a new eCookbook coming out this summer! So exciting. The workshop was really so informative and helpful. I would highly recommend it. Heather is so nurturing.

  3. June 26, 2012 11:03 am

    oh man, it must taste simply amazing! i love salads as it is anyway, but to eat a completely fresh one, i cant even imagine! (ive had salads with parts fresh from a garden, but now that im thinking of it, i dont think ive ever had one full-out fresh.)

    • hughes and home permalink*
      June 26, 2012 3:55 pm

      it’s been a real treat, honestly. but it’s not without stress. as any gardener will tell you, it can be a battlefield out there. we seem to have every garden pest out there. flea beetles have completely ruined any chance of a kale harvest. early on, rabbits ate the tops of all my tomatoes – so now they’re running a muck, a late start and unruly! cucumber beetles have moved in to my cucumber patch. and last, but not least, the dreaded squash vine borer. i kill a few every day and remove eggs from stems and try my best… but it looks like my harvest may be slim. still, i like to keep this place – this blog – positive. and although i’m always real and things are not always rosy, i mostly enjoy this garden and fruits of my labor.

  4. Angela Painter permalink
    June 26, 2012 4:59 pm

    Did you have pests early on, or is that something that came later? So far the only pests we have had have been our dogs. My mother said she uses wood ash for pests. Do you use anything to repel bugs?

    • hughes and home permalink*
      June 26, 2012 5:56 pm

      the pests came later. things started out great. but, i suspect we’re the only real garden in the area, and are a beacon to all bugs – bad or otherwise. i see all kinds of silly things in that garden. any way, not repelling with anything yet. i’m unsure about how i want to proceed. do i want to unleash some beneficial insects? or inject my squash stalks with bt? or … oh, i don’t know, any number of other things? i don’t know what’s right and what’s wrong. i’m certainly against chemical use. i should have employed the row cover method. but, it’s too late for that now. next year, i’ll know better.

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