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Ready to Plant?

I’m hot to start my organic garden but I can’t decide what to plant.  So many good vegetable and so little time and space.  The following are 10 easy vegetables and when to plant them

10 Easy Vegetables from Lowe’s Creative Ideas magizine

  1. Beans – so the seed directly in late spring once the ground has warmed to around 70 deg.  Provide support for the plants to grow up or just let them trail down from a raised bed or flower box.
  2. Beets:  Plant the seed in the spring or late summer while it is still cool.  Havest before the beets get thick and woody
  3. Carrots:  Sow the little bitty seeds in the spring or late summer like the beets.  Till or turn your soil deeply and amend with peat or spagnum moss and sand to allow for good drainage and a easy growing space for the carrots, which are of course just a big root.  A tip in planting is to mix a table spoon of sand into your carrot seeds to help space them when planting.  I hate to thin fresh little growths.  It seems like a waste.
  4. Leaf Lettuce:  Plant the seed or starts in the cool spring.  Harvet before the weather turns hot to have the most tender lettuce.  Protect from rabbits and chipmunks.
  5. Onions:  Plant onion starts just about any time.  Harvest when the foliage begins to yellow.  Dry them out for a week before storing.
  6. Peppers:  Plant after the last danger of frost.  Support the plants by staking or with cages as you do tomatoes.  Banana peppers are the earliest to pick.  Bell peppers are later.
  7. Radishes:  Some radishes are ready to pick in 20 days.  Sow the seeds directly in the spring or fall and thin tight groups.
  8. Spinach:  Plant in the spring or fall and harvest before the heat of summer or the first frost.
  9. Tomatoes: Plant as soon as the fear of frost has passed or plant starts when the ground has warmed to 70 degrees.  Stake or cage the plants to keep the fruit off the ground and water consistently to prevent cracked fruit.  Mulch to prevent soil-borne diseases from splash up on the foliage.
  10. Zucchini:  Sow seeds in late spring.  The plant needs lots of sun and room to grow.  Harvest while the skin is still shiny.

Chicken Soup Progressive Recipe (stone soup)

This is going to be fun.  I am going to start out with a “how to make a chicken stock” and you all are going to add ingredients to the soup to make the final recipe. Please


Start with a very large pot, 12 qts if you have it.  We are going to make a lot of soup to freeze for later.

add 2 gal (8 qts) of filtered water.  If you don’t have a pot that large, fill the one you have about 1/2-2/3 full of water

Add at least 1 whole chicken.  Fryer or a roaster.  I’d pick a roaster because they are larger.

Bring the pot to a boil then reduce to a fast simmer for at least 2 hours.

The chicken should fall off the bone.  Remove chicken from pot and reserve, pulling the bones from the carcass and throwing them away.

Continue to reduce the stock.

1.  (jughandle would add) Salt and pepper to taste

2. (Darlene would add) 2 carrots, 2 celery and  1 onion, diced then sauteed in olive oil before adding.  This is known as a  mirepoix of veggies.


3. (Mittie would like to add) fresh thyme & tarragon. If you have a herb garden pick a few stems and strip the leaves into the liquid.  If you don’t like stuff floating around in your soup (I really don’t know why), you can do a bouquet garnie which is just a fancy name for wrapping your herbs in a piece of cheese cloth so it can be removed later.


4. Thank you Mittie, it is smelling good now.

5. What we should do now is to remove all the solids from the broth

  • first cool the broth to room temp or cool enough to handle
  • then strain out the solids with a strainer or cheese cloth
  • put the strained broth into a large bowl or pot and put into the refrigerator
  • the next morning the chicken fat will be solid on the surface
  • skim or ladle off the fat.
  • You now have a great chicken stock/broth to use in the following recipes
  • you can also freeze in plastic bags or bowls for later use

6. Darlene wants to make a Tortilla soup from the chicken stock. (please click on the link for the recipe)

7. Jughandle wants to make Italian Wedding Soup (please click on the link for the recipe)