Hi Everyone, We have a cold start to this year in the garden, but it getting warmer and looks like it will be a great year, I have started all my flower and veggies from seeds this year and only used seeds from 2 places, First is Mike the gardener and baker creek Heirloom seeds, both company`s are non GMO, I do belong to Mike the Gardeners seed of the month club and i get 4 packs of seeds for my area Zone 7 each month, i love it cause its like Christmas each month to see what they send and grow different things all the time its been great so far im happy with it. Outside right now its just about salad time the lettuce and radish`s are getting big enough to eat now, wont be long, i will put some progress pictures on here so you can see till next time.
The Quail egg`s hatched ok i guess, we got 32 chicks out of 53 eggs, This was the first hatch in this machine. The chicks are getting so big now and hard feathers, they eat a good bit and dirty there water so fast i need hook up a watering system like i have in the cages with cups to make it easier on me and fresh water all the time. We are looking at temps raising this next week coming and at the end of next week they will be old enough to go outside. so far its been easy to care for them, i think anyone can do this if they put there mind to it once you have it all set up right its very easy.
This year i have been doing things a little different then in years past and i see a big improvement, First thing i did was to add Azomite rock dust to the soil, Number two thing was to add Organic worm castings to the soil, Third thing was to make my own organic compost, I add all my kitchen fruit and veggie scraps, coffee grounds, crushed egg shells.
The last thing i did this year was to start making my own compost tea, i added some Fish Fertilizer, Kelp meal, Worm castings, and some of the fresh Compost, In a small mesh net in a 5 gal bucket with 4 air stones to brew over night then i diluted it in rainwater from my Rain collection Barrels.
These changes were for the best i can tell by all the greener bigger produce the garden gave this year, No matter what i planted it grew like never before it was like the soil was bionic. Things that i have tried in the past and failed at grew like crazy this year like Cauliflower, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, All my herbs, just loved the Rosemary, Sage,Thyme with all my Chicken this year, My neighbor loved the Cilantro grew so much he came and cut a lot this year was great in the fresh salsa. The Tomato`s were bigger and plentiful, Carrots, Turnips, Rutabagas so much and too much to remember and list all, but a very happy year so far and we still have fall to go. but now im thinking of how to make some improvements for next years garden. How was your garden this year and how did you improve yours?
A few weeks ago me and my wife Ailyn took a great trip with her aunt Beth and cousin Rechy to site see Chicago,Michigan and Wisconsin. When in Chicago we had dinner at a local place Rechy knew as she is from the area, The place was called Al Bawadi Grill, This is a Palestinian restaurant with authentic food from Palestine, we walked in and i was happy to see lots of people inside “a busy restaurant means good food normally” First thing you see is a very tall man in traditional dress and it makes you feel you just stepped off the plane in Palestine, he showed us to our seats and gave us menus, It took us extra time looking cause we didn't know the food, so after awhile we placed our orders. after a few more minutes they came to the table with an appetizer plate with fried bread for dipping, mashed eggplant dip, hot pickles and something else i cant think of now but was good, and i didn`t get many pictures cause my phone died there. Well as for our food it was for the three Lady`s they had the Chicken Kufta Kabab`s,Which were marinated seasoned chicken breasts grilled to perfection, You had your choice of spicy rice or not spicy rice they all had non spicy rice.
i opted for the Kufta Kabab`s which is beef & lamb with parsley garlic and spices, onions and tomato`s and spicy rice. It was some of the best grilled food i have had in a long time. i also had a house special drink of Lemonade with fresh crushed mint, it was very refreshing and tasty All in All it was a great time talking,eating,laughing enjoying great company and new food, seeing what the real world of food is like try it for yourself you may like it. get out there and enjoy something new.