19 April 2017 Peanut Butter (Home made)

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Two cups of roasted peanuts with the skins were purchased from a bulk food store and made into peanut butter. The peanuts were placed in a smooth tall jar and blended to the desired texture with a Bamix hand blender. This process is possible with a table top blender, but some scraping of the container is required to remove the finished product.
Apparently in most peanut butter the skins are removed- a personal choice.

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18 April 2017 Asparagus

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First of the season 2017 asparagus. The bed is permanent about 8 feet by 5 feet, and was planted with 11 crowns of Guelph Millennium about 9 years ago. It will be left one more day before harvesting. It is harvested about every third day for around 20 to 30 days. This year two stalks will be left on three plants and allowed to grow. The theory being that the growth sustains growing more stalks. This is a test of the theory. Last year 14 pounds were taken over the season, starting 10 May 2016, so the stalks are early this year..

First asparagus harvest 2017 1 Pound
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First asparagus harvest 2017 1 Pound

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18 April 2017 Gruel

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A five ingredient gruel was made to be used for a daily breakfast cereal. Used was half a liter of; sprouted Red Fife wheat which took 3 days, flax, nixtamalized dried Indian Corn, almonds, sunflower seeds blended into slurry with water, placed in a double boiler to prevent burning and cooked for two hours. It is stored in plastic sealed containers and frozen until required. It is used as breakfast cereal daily. The ingredient may be any seeds and nuts, but I usually buy the lowest cost items. The Indian corn from my garden was previously nixtamalized and dried for storage.

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15 April 2017 Cross Country Cucumbers.

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Cucumber seeds are started about a month before they are planted in the outdoor garden. This gives a harvest about a month earlier than if planted directly in the ground. Cucumbers do not transplant well if the roots are disturbed, so care must be taken when planting even cutting the pot to prevent disturbance. The seeds were placed between the folds of a wetted coffee filter to germinate which took about three days at room temperature. Two seeds were planted per pot, in home potting soil, and placed in my NEW bucket container using a LED lamp. Germination and growth is assured. Cross Country Cucumber is a hybrid excellent for slicing and juicing and most prolific.

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14 April 2017 Garden Beds Rototilled and Raked.

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My garden beds were rototilled and raked ready for planting for the 2017 season. Soil temperature is still bit cool at 10C. Garlic is growing well planted in the Fall of 2016. Rhubarb is sprouting with a few leaves. Peas have been planted.

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13 April 2017 Brussels Sprouts Seedlings

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Six pots of Jade Cross Brussels Sprouts have been growing under my new LED system for 16 days. The grow is spectacular and exhibits the efficiency of LED lamps. This cultivar has tight buds and grows exceedingly well in my Zone 5. They will be planted outdoors about 1 May 2017. The cultivar can withstand some frost.

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11 April 2017 Pea Trellis

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Snow and snap peas edible pod are grown on a 24 foot trellis made of three 4 by 8 foot concrete reinforcing wire supported by 6 foot fence posts and held with plastic ties. This system is quick and effective and the spent pea vegetation is easily removed at season’s end. Half a row of sugar snap and half a row of snow peas both edible pod were planted on 13 April 2017. Soil texture was perfect except the ground temperature was 10C with the future forecast to be warmer. Recommended temperature is 15C.

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11 April 2017 Tomatoes Russian Black

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These have been growing 18 days under a LED lamp and they have thrived. This is my first time growing this dark fleshed tomato.

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11 April 2017 Tomatoes Paul Robeson

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This dark fruit tomato was grown one year and found to be high quality and prolific. This plant has ben grown under a LED lamp for 18 days in a bucket and has thrived. I am very pleased with the use of off the shelf LED lamps for my seedlings.

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11 April 2017 Tomato Blue Fruit

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Tomato Blue Fruit has been under LED lights for 18 days and they are thriving. Only two germinated. This tomato has dark colored fruit and has potato leaves. This is first time growing.

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