Growing Onions June 16, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Christina M @ 9:22 am

I’m a big fan of gardening for increased self-sufficiency. One of my favorite things to grow is something that provides food without costing anything extra. Green onions are perfect. You buy green onions anyway, right? Next time you buy them, use only the green parts and then take the white bulb parts and bury it in your garden. In no time, they’ll be growing. Then, when you want green onion, instead of picking them, just cut leaves off.

Just make sure you don’t cut all the leaves off at once, because the green leaves are the plant’s source of energy. If you use them faster than they grow, buy more and plant their bulbs, too.


Last Night’s Dinner June 6, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — Christina M @ 9:57 am

Sorry, please excuse me, but I just feel this need to gush. I was so very pleased yesterday evening.

Two of my kids made dinner. The 18 year old boy made better-than-ordinary grilled cheese sandwiches (with good, 12 grain bread, fresh tomato slices, and a variety of tasty cheeses), and helped me pick out salad ingredients. The 11 year old girl also helped with salad ingredients and made the salad. They were both really good. After dinner, the 16 year old girl made dessert, strawberry cheesecake bagles.

The salad had ordinary bagged salad mix, to which we added mushrooms, grapes, mustard greens, sugar snap peas, green onions, garlic greens, and celery. The exciting part is that the mustard greens, sugar snap peas, green onions, and garlic greens came out of our garden.

For dessert, we found something we’d never seen before: a tub of ready-to-eat cheesecake filling. We put that on blueberry bagles, and sliced our home-grown strawberries on top.

I just can’t say enough what a thrill it is: It isn’t even summer yet, and already we’re loading our table with homegrown goodies. In another few weeks we’ll be adding to the strawberries, snap peas, onions, garlic, and mustard greens with three kinds of peppers (from very hot to very mild) and more than half a dozen kinds of tomatoes.

It’s hard to see a garden and not stop to give thanks. God is a generous Lord!