Monthly Archives: April 2010

New Zealand Spinach

Tetragonia tetragonioides AIZOACEAE, The Ice Plant family New Zealand Spinach Originally uploaded by mulysa_may A friend gave me a few starts of this old favorite of mine that I had forgotten. In Minnesota, where the weather seems to go from … Continue reading

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Nettles

Urtica dioica URTICACEAE, The Nettle family Thank you, dear friend, for the bag of nettles. The taste of spring, the taste of earth. I (carefully) sauteed them in butter, chopped them and served them over quinoa with parmesan. Besides being … Continue reading

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Fairy barf

Icmadophila ericetorum A Pacific Northwest lichen also known as candy lichen or spray paint. It looks like a green matt (the thallus) with pink bits (apothecia) stuck all over it. It’s fast growing, for a lichen, and can cover moss, … Continue reading

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Even more seeds – outdoors

We’re so close to our average last frost date I felt brave enough to plant seeds in the ground with no covering today. There have been a few frosty mornings lately, but we’re near the end of that and these … Continue reading

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“Creating conditions for vegetables.”

Originally uploaded by mulysa_may Mulching day! All of that cover crop is coming in handy as we prepare beds for planting. The straw that protected new shrubs over the winter is laid down in the raised garden, and covered with … Continue reading

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More seeds – indoors

Today I planted a few things in flats: Cleome – a good annual flower for bees and for cutting Nicotiana sylvestris – slender white blooms are fragrant at night. Attracts moths Dill – hoping for a good pickling year. Also … Continue reading

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