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El Chaupuin Colorado by 5 Rabbit Brewery. A gosé made with crickets and cochineal. So good.

El Chaupuin Colorado by 5 Rabbit Brewery.

Yes, I drank a beer made with bugs. Yes, it was beautiful. Yes, it tasted great. I would like more, please.

Honey. Goat cheese. Mushrooms. Toast. A delightful wit beer.

Honey. Goat cheese. Mushrooms. Toast. A delightful wit beer.

I went to an event that paired food with beer. Of course. BUT! Also with performance art. Mostly comedy. It was a fun, fun time.

Edible flowers in a light cocktail.

Edible flowers in a light cocktail.

I finally got to try a cocktail that really involved edible flowers. It was fantastic.

A Johnny Jump-Up. My favorite flower. And edible.

Which made me all the sadder to realize I will not be growing these guys or any other edible flowers this year. Time got away from me, and I didn’t get my plot planted before we left for a long trip.… Continue reading →

Is It Garden Planning Time Yet?

The days have gotten a bit longer, and the snow deeper. I’ve helped my community garden write up a new application. I’ve consumed a lot of hot tea. I’ve moved Bill’s new bocce ball set (his Christmas gift from me) a couple of times.

I. Am. READY. For spring!

Alas, spring is not yet ready for me. Or anyone in the Chicago area. And, frankly, I suspect it won’t be ready for us until roughly May. Which is still a gazillion days away. Or three months, which feels like about the same right this second. Especially with all the snow that hit us melting, but only into icy treachery.

You may remember this photo, from such posts as the last one.

It doesn’t help that Erica over at Northwest Edible Life has this month’s to do list for northwestern gardners, and as a newbie Midwestern gardener, I only know that I bet all her stuff is too early for me, but I don’t know what to do to satisfy this spring fever.… Continue reading →

14 July 2014 Garden Photos

Bill and I left town for about two weeks. When we came back, our garden had gone kind of wild. Others were watering for us, and may have harvested a few things. I don’t know. I did, however, take a bunch of photos. There’s a sample below, including a tomato I’d like diagnosed, please! If you’d like to see more, just click through any photo to get to the image within the flickr set & poke around!

The view as we walked up.

If the flag in the previous photo had eyes, this would be its view.

I hear these are edible. And the leaves too. I haven’t tried ’em, though.

Ripen, already!

When we left, there was no evidence of fruits. Only flowers.

Unfortunately, a number (not all) of the tomatoes look like this.

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More Garden Photos

On Sunday, I called my father and he accused me of only calling out of “an overdeveloped sense of obligation.” This was a load of crap, of course. I called him out of a perfectly tuned sense of obligation. Eventually, we both agreed we could maybe call one another more often.

Then he asked for garden photos and I said he clearly wasn’t reading my blog. To which he admitted, but then pointed out I could be more aggressive about sharing. So, I’ll do that. And I’ll put up a few more photos, because I love him and I think he’d enjoy them. Also, because I enjoy sharing them.

The view looking southwest-ish, via phone camera.

This isn’t my usual view walking in, as I tend to enter from the southwest, not the east.… Continue reading →

Gardening 2014

I’ve started a bit of gardening again. Previously, I’ve done kind of a lot of container gardening, but I’ve been pretty clear that it’s more for the joy I find in growing things than any sort of self-sufficiency. This is pretty good, because sometimes I only get three tiny tomatoes.

But I’ve taken to gardening on a larger scale. Sort of. I got a plot in a community garden near-ish my home. And then I promptly agreed to share it with a new friend, John. John promptly filled his half of the plot with tomatoes, peppers and basil.

Four bell pepper plants, three tomato plants, three basil plants.

My half of the plot promptly got a couple of mustard greens. And the sage cut back dramatically.… Continue reading →