Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Garden Stuff

My toddler helped to plant a bunch of sunflower seeds. The seeds we planted directly in the ground were being munched by some animal or bird as soon as they sprouted. We decided to plant some seeds in used toilet paper rolls so they could grow and get a bit tougher to eat before being exposed to our local wildlife.

Adding soil to the TP rolls

A careful job

Making holes for seeds

More dirt

Some new seeds

Why don't I just eat it?

Finishing touches

The toddler enjoyed this dirty work greatly. The seeds sprouted and thrived in their paper pots. The garden transplant went smoothly. We covered the young plants with a net for the first few weeks. However, as soon as they were tall enough for the net to come off, they got munched!

Luckily the wildlife doesn't like the taste of garlic and this year our garlic harvest was bountiful.

Drying the garlic

Great smile

We decided to roast some of the garlic in our new bread machine. On a hot day, it's nice to use the bread machine for small jobs like this since it doesn't heat up the house like the oven does. Cutting into the bulb, we discovered only two cloves! It roasted well and tasted delicious.

A quick slice reveals...

Wait, it this an onion?

Roasting the garlic

We had a very good early harvest of peas. Shucking the pea pods was another toddler favorite.

What's in there?

I found a pea!

Now what do I do with it?

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