Six on Saturday – What I Saw – January 26, 2019

I went to the Community Garden yesterday to pick some greens. The tatsoi and collards are holding up to the recent brutal cold under a light row cover.

I steamed the leaves and topped them with pan grilled shrimp.  There was a little left over Basmati rice from a couple of days ago to which I added pan toasted pine nuts and golden raisens. A healthy, yummy dinner.

2. Some clumping onions (or are they garlic chives?) haven’t fared as well but will come back in the spring. I need to divide them. They came as a freebie from a neighbor’s bed. The rest of that bed has been covered in black plastic to keep the weeds from proliferating.

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3. Across the alley from the community garden is our public library with a garden that was installed and is maintained by volunteers. I am one of them. The chokeberries against the blue sky are beautiful.

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4. At home many of my azaleas are wearing a comforter of fallen leaves. It was so wet this fall I couldn’t get to the leaves, but in this area I don’t mind one bit. I hope the extra insulation will keep the plants safe from our recent extreme temperatures. One day last week it went from 50 degrees Farenheit to 19 in just eight hours.  And then a few days later it almost hit 50 again. The plants must be very confused.

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5. I am astounded that sage in a window box of herbs wasn’t totally blasted in the recent cold snap. This sage goes on from year to year but in the spring I need to pull everything out and replant it with fresh soil.

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6. When I was in Maine before Christmas I saw a small concrete leaf casting in a gift shop. It was about the size of the one I made below and retailed for $45. It made me wonder what the price of some of the large ones I’ve made would be. That’s my hand just to give you some perspective about size. The casting was made with a hosta leaf.

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That’s my Six on Saturday, a meme started by The Propogator, a UK gardener. It’s the end of January and getting harder to find new things to share. This is the link to the rules if you’d like to join in.

18 thoughts on “Six on Saturday – What I Saw – January 26, 2019

    • I never even thought about doing that, Nat. Two years ago I had my work table set up in my driveway all summer and taught many friends how to make them. They all went home with several big castings made from elephant ears.

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      • Your friends are lucky. Did you create a how to blog post by any chance? They look fabulous. Do you just do leaves or are there other things you have tried?

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  1. I’ve only done leaf castings. I keep some and gift some to friends. I’ve got photos and will try to put together a blog post about how to make them. There are lots of youtube videos but not all of them were helpful.

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  2. Love your post. You make winter inviting! Raining and cool he in FL. Fighting a cold and sore throat. Chris and Dana come next week for 4 days. Hope the weather clears up for them. How r u? Still going to WW?

    On Sat, Jan 26, 2019, 6:02 AM Does This Font Make Me Look Fat? Mala Burt posted: “I went to the Community Garden yesterday to pick some > greens. The tatsoi and collards are holding up to the recent brutal cold > under a light row cover. I steamed the leaves and topped them with pan > grilled shrimp. There was a little left over Basmati ” >

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  3. I may have said it before, but I wish you’d post a video of you doing your castings on Youtube! I would most definitely watch and learn! For all your cold and crazy weather, you’ve found plenty of growing things to share.

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