I think we can safely say that Spring is here. It is still muddy outside and some days are still on the cool side, but the trees are starting to wake up and grow new leaves and everything is blooming. It was a long Winter so I am more than happy for a change.
In the past week I’ve planted just about everything. It is the perfect weather (50F-70F) for cool season vegetables, but this year I am also trying to start Summer vegetables early in one of my hoop houses that I built over the raised beds to protect the Fall crops for Winter harvest. It’s basically like a small green house. I know that the temperature in there is high enough for the plants to grow, however I am not sure the soil is warm enough for the seeds to germinate. So this is just an experiment, we’ll see how it works.
In the past week I’ve been nominated for a Liebster Award by two bloggers. This is really just a fun way to get to meet other bloggers and spread the love. Make sure to visit the bloggers who nominated me at Taylor Made Ranch and Little Big Harvest. Those ladies have great websites that I am sure you’ll enjoy.
Here is how it works….
- Acknowledge the blogger who nominated you and display the award.
- Answer eleven questions that the blogger gives you.
- Give eleven random facts about yourself.
- Nominate eleven blogs that you think are deserving of the award (that have less than 200 followers).
- Let the bloggers know you nominated them.
- Give them eleven questions to answer.
Since two bloggers nominated me I will answer the first 6 questions from Taylor Made Ranch and the last 5 from Little Big Harvest.
- Chili: Beans or no beans?
- What’s your favorite quick dish to cook when it’s suppertime & nothing’s been planned?
Pizza from tortilla. I spread ketchup on one tortilla, spread shredded cheese on it, add some olives or mushrooms, place another tortilla on top and cook it in a pan on the stove top flipping once until the cheese melt. My girls love it.
- Who gave you the biggest push to begin your blog?
My brain who can’t seem to be able to remember anything unless it’s in writing.
Please note: I am not a doctor or a nurse or any other kind of professional health care provider. This post is merely to introduce you to a different point of view. I will be glad to hear your thoughts.
When Maya (our first born) was 4 months old I took her to the doctor for a routine check-up and shots. The doctor started talking with me about starting to feed her solid foods in the next few months if I’d like. He was telling me what is good to start with, how much to feed, the consistency and what I shouldn’t give here.
When he said no peanuts I stopped him.
“What? Why?” I asked very much in surprise.
He explained that peanuts are very allergenic, that many kids are allergic to peanuts, and that the reaction can be fatal.
I looked at him in disbelieve. Growing up in the Kibbutz in Israel, we had to work for the community one day a week, it was part of our education. I worked in the early education system since I was 13, I thought horseback riding to kids of all ages for 8 years, I came across so many kids in Israel, and have never, not even once met a child allergic to peanuts.
Apparently, More people die from peanut allergy than from any other food allergy every year in America. In 2008, it was reported that 2.1% of children are allergic to peanuts or tree nuts in the U.S. A severe allergy can result in anaphylaxis with symptoms like itchy rush, low blood pressure and swelling of face and throat, this can be fatal.
It is so good to be back and writing! It has been a long break. After we got back from Israel we had my brother here for a week so I tried to spend as much time with him as possible before he had to go back home. It will be a while before we see our families again.
Then the garden was calling…. I had to finish preparing the raised garden beds for planting. Everything is done; the soil is turned and loosened, the watering system is in place, I added a couple more pots (cause I always want to grow just one more thing…. This year I think I’ll try corn), a whole new area for sweet potatoes and another for strawberries, and I even started planting. I will post pictures of the garden on my Face Book page so make sure to follow along.
There are many kinds of crops you can start with this time of the year (late Winter/early Spring), but I chose to start my garden with the easiest ones so this post is dedicated to the 5 easiest cool-weather crops, in my opinion at least.
When I say “easy crops to grow” I mean…
1. Easy to plant (can be direct seeded).
2. Can be started early (as soon as the soil can be worked).
3. No special soil requirements.
4. No pests (or almost no pests problems).
5. Useful in the kitchen and easy to handle.
6. Fast growing (less than 60 days).
Before I start down the list, let me remind you that I am gardening in the South, zone 7b. I believe those 5 crops will grow well and easy everywhere, but you might need to adjust planting times and care according to your climate.
We are spending some time in Israel with family and friends. It’s supposed to be winter here now but the weather is not cooperating. If you follow my FaceBook page maybe you saw the pictures of flowers I posted a few days ago. It is very much spring, everything is in bloom and there is no reason to stay indoors.
My mother-in-law, Yehudit, still lives in the house my husband was born in. The house is located in Amirim, a small vegetarian village located in the mountainous Galilee in the North of Israel.
On an afternoon walk in the village, we stopped to check on the progress of a Yurt which is being built by my husband’s best friend. It sits up on the side of the mountain (pretty complicated construction) and the view is absolutely incredible. You can see the surrounding villages and mountains, and on a good day even the Sea of Galilee.