Adventures with Little Miss


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The following is a list of all entries from the Green Thumb category.

Just call me Little Miss Farmer!

“Oooo Little Miss had a farm, ee iii eee iii oo,  and on this farm she had many plants, ee ii ee ii ooo.”

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Yes my little farm has been growing well only 100 more days till everything is grown.  I think I might need to get some bigger pots!! I did not have any celery the other day and some how lost my onion I bought. (It must be the heat) and well I was make red lentil soup.  I needed celery and an onion to go in my mirepoix – for non cooks “Mirepoix is a simple combination of onion, carrot and celery that is used in nearly every traditional French stew and many other dishes.”  Aka the base of my soup veg wise.  So i grabbed a few peices from the celery and a tiny little onion bulb:

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While I was waiting on my soup I nibbled on a few pieces of kale, which to my amazement tasted like cabbage. I enjoyed it!

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Ontario Barns

Well Mr. and I were driving though Southern Ontario and well… I wish I had my camera.  While driving past scrawling fields and farms you would see the occasional new home built on was be farm land which had all torn down barns.  All that was left of what would have stood a wonderous barn was the old stone foundation.

To be honest this pained me to see.  I truly wish to have a farm one day and to revitalize the local produce and meat concept.  I worked at a Donkey Sanctuary when I was in high school and it was the best summer I can remember.  I think it is SUCH a shame to tear down a barn!  I do wish that you could rent a barn or farm land.  Really what are those city folk who redid the house going to do with all that land.  Nothing.

What a great barn should look like:

What I saw (sorry I didn’t have my camera just imagine the red wood is not there):

Wishing to rent a barn or farm land!! Move from the city and enjoy a peaceful and crazy time on a farm!!


Seedlings

Here is an update on my little basil, chives and rosemary.  Well today has been VERY windy and I lost the tray for the seedlings in the wind. To be honest I lost a few soil pods… But they were the ones with no sprouts so it was ok.  The basil is growing the best, then the chives.  The rosemary is taking the longest.


Gardening,Comics, and Blogs!!

Well one of my real life friends and fellow blogger has a GREAT new site The Whole Style Network (WSN).  Anything neat, neato, and otherwise you will find with her!! E, has an amazing personal style as well as she is just AWESOME (and my BFF – hadn’t blogged on that yet!

Although when I was reading my feeder with her posts one caught my eye!  Well as some know I have a green thumb and well look what the WSN found: Repurposed Comics Make Great Planters

(Image from: Manga Farming)

Speaking of seedlings… I do not think I had mentioned I have started a little herb garden… Well Seedlings so far.  I started about 2 weeks ago.  I went to Crappy Tire (as the family calls it) and purchased a flat with the little soil pods and seeds: Basil, Chives and Rosemary.  The 3 Herbs I LOVE to cook with all year round!


Urban Chicken Farm

So I am reading “Made from Scratch” and in the first chapter I got a hair brained idea!  How cool would it be to have a chicken coop in your backyard.  According to the author of the book, she has 3 hens who manage to lay 18 eggs per week!  That is a heck of a lot of eggs.  Just think that is a savings of about $3.00/shopping trip dependant on how much you east eggs.

There are some links and information about it, yet I am going to post about it tomorrow! I want to do some more research!  I would like to look into starting a chicken coop!!  I might pose this to my mother she lives out in the country (well in a town located in the middle of the country) and I think i might be able to sway her to the idea of this!  Plus she has friends who have a farm so it might not be to hard to get the ball rolling.

Here are some of the links I found so far:


Maple Pecan Tart to Guerrilla Gardening

Earlier today Curly (my hunnie) asked me to make a dessert for his parents.  So we were looking on the Foodtv.ca and I found the Maple Pecan Tart recipe.  From there we rewrote it out went to the Metro got the ingredients and made the tart!  It was good! Note:  coke the tart for 35-40 minutes otherwise it does set properly.  While waiting for it to cook I was looking at the site, and noticed the banner for the 100 Mile Challenge (Food Network Canada Show),  I had wanted to do this before yet always got sidetracked.  This show is based on the book 100 Mile Diet, there is a site for that too.  Well with some further research I have found a whole slew of wicked sites/blogs that have great ideas.

While surfing the sites related to the show… I saw many neat things that I am going to start doing:

  • Eat Locally (of course) I have already looked up the places within 100 miles of my home.
  • I also found site that are related to CSA or Community Supported Agriculture in Ontario.  These are farms that will provide you with boxes of fresh fruits and veggies every week.  I have looked at the the prices and for my area they seem reasonable.  Let me know what you think.  When I get into my new apartment (which I have not found yet), I think this is something I might get into.
  • Guerrilla Gardening?? Yes I said that too… what is it? Well Guerrilla Gardening is where local people spread seeds or start gardens in places where you would not think to see or find one.  These Guerrilla Gardeners have ideas like Seed Bombs.  I have decided to on the weekend make some… and carry some with me to beautify the urban space.

So researching a tart recipe led me to a new vision and new ideas for eating better.  I hope you see the path that I took and maybe you will join me in Greening the areas!


Back again with a Greener path

Being green can also equal being crafty!!! I will show you how, but first some apologize and explaining to do.

As I have stated in the past the the hiatus would be temporary it has not. This I am sorry to my readers… Even if they are only my family and friends!  I will be making an honest effort to blog more and to keep in touch, not just so you can see all the crazy hair brain ideas I get.  But this will be my journal… my family and friends have said that I should get back in to my blogging and writing because I am more level when I do so… Here are my goals (new goals):

1. Blog MORE!! I pledge to try and post every day or atleast a few times a week.  The reason why – well I have been hushing myself and I have to much knowledge and interesting finds to share with you all… (who ever you are – Please leave comments so I can engage you too)

2.  Get my personal finances in order.  Well I have already started to try to do this – JUNE: Month to notate all the I am spending so I can analyze it and save.

3. Lose some weight – Well more engage in a more healthy lifestyle.  I am doing this not to be more “beautiful” because I love me the way I am.  But I am doing this to ensure that I am healthy and today we see so many with Diabetes and or Heart issues and I do not want to push my luck.  There are sub goals in this one:

  • Eat more healthy foods – I have decided Healthy also means Local so I am enrolling in the 100 mile challenge.  I pledge to eat more, and more, and more local food.  *I will do this as long as I am not going to become broke by it*
  • Exercise – In accordance with my saving and personal finance revamp I am going to exercise at home and outside (posts on this to come)
  • Drink more water and fluids other than POP (aka Pepsi or Coke *my weakness*)

4.  Help to support local merchants… So buying local food and items.  Plus I will support the Handmade merchants so I think I am going to investigate items on Etsy!

5. Make the world greener! and my family too… I am going to make some nice green changes to my life… so that means cracking out the sewing machine and making some nifty items.  I will make sure I will let you all know what works and what doesn’t

6. Continue with my passion of cooking and food!  There will be food posts of all kinds! Food is technically a craft (kinda) too… its an Art!!

7.  Too Be Happy!  This will come over time and hopefully will show in my posts.

8.  Take more pictures – and share them

9.  Travel: explore my local area !  This is important to many of my above goals!  By exploring I will find new local merchants, friends and areas that I can green!  Plus I would really like to see more of Ontario! and my local area!

10.  To Keep crafting – to learn some new Crafts

11.  More to come…

I, Little Miss, pledge to honour my goals and post along the way!  I hope you all will help me along this journey!


My little Green Thumb…

I planted these little guys about a week ago. I went to Lowes and purchased some seeds (Rosemary – I think is shown here) Basil. Rosemat, Carrots (that are small and will grow in a pot) and Green Onions.

I brought my little seedlings in last night to notice two green specks under the ziplock bag tent (which I use to help them germinate). I also found some hairyness on the soil. I googled it and looked on You Grow Girls site – heres the link about what I found on the Icky Hairyness. I am not sure if that is the right issue but it was the best info I could find!