Saturday, June 27, 2009

Welcome to My World!

This is our first year planting a garden and we're very excited! We built two raised beds and had topsoil brought in. In case you have ever wondered how much dirt is in a dump truck...its a LOT!

Being our first year, it's our learning year (translation: we did some things wrong). For example, our tomatoes are planted too closely, we planted 8 WHY???? Our squash and pumpkins should be planted alongside our fence so they can run instead of IN the raised bed. They are taking up way too much room and are probably cross pollinating, so it'll be interesting to see if they taste OK. But the blooms are lovely, aren't they?

Rabbits are amazing creatures, truly they are. They have voracious appetites and apparently like green beans, A LOT....I have no green beans left, seriously. Now that the beans are gone I found that rabbits do not like the smell of vinegar. The trick I found on line (after the fact) is to soak cotton balls in white vinegar, place the cotton balls in 35mm film canisters (poke holes in the canisters)and then place the canisters in your garden. It really does work, not a single rabbit has been in the garden since I placed them strategically around. Or maybe, they only like green beans?

We've already harvested lettuce several times, broccoli and a lot of zucchini! The girls and I made zucchini bread Thursday night. Doesn't is just make your mouth water?

Zucchini Bread
2 cups all purpose flour
2 cups grated zucchini
1/2 tsp. baking powder
3 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla
3 eggs beaten
2 cups sugar
1 cup oil
1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)

Preheat oven to 300. Sift together flour, soda, salt, powder and cinnamon; set aside. Blend eggs, sugar, vanilla and oil together. Slowly add flour mixture and mix well. Stir in zucchini and nuts and mix well.
Divide evenly in 2 greased and floured bread pans. Bake for 1 hour (test with toothpick.)

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