Okra to sooth my aching heart

The shape of okra reminds me of tear drops and yet I do not feel at all sad when looking at okra…. well that is except for when my plans have been destroyed by various natural predators in my garden.

The Chakra Healing Project

Well I am starting to test the waters with proposals and researching funding and looking for space (  including checking out creating a Kickstarter and other crowd funding opportunities ) all to make this  project really  happen. If you would be interested in seeing the proposal or more details for this multi sensory healing and research project, let me know. Here is a vignette of part of one wall. Now visualize yourself in a room surrounded by work like this all in this color. Green, the Chakra color for the heart. Just one of several rooms. Much more to the project with smells and sounds and interactive questions with audience. Is Chakra system mumbo jumbo?

How do we respond emotional, physically, mentally to our environment?
How do we respond emotional, physically, mentally to our environment?

 

Cucumber triplets

consistent with my mini veggies I harvested my first 3 cucumbers yesterday ( yep finally ) and today it appears the same predator the devoured my one of my eggplant leaves now has taken down several cucumber plants
Consistent with my skill for growing very small veggies , Friday I harvested my first 3 cucumbers. Yeah, go ahead, say it … “really” ? Yep It is almost mid August . Today it appears the same predator that devoured the leaves off one of my eggplants the other day has now done its business to several of my cucumber plants. Sigh. SO , I guess I am grateful to have harvested these yummy small cucumbers!

My season of peas on earth is ending, for now

During Passover I choose not to harvest any peas  ( not eating them that week) and no one I offered them to was able to come harvest that week … so I had to be patient…. and loved the bounty once Passover was over.

Harvest of snap peas day after passover ended
Harvest of snap peas day after passover ended

 

and so I ripped out my last snap pea, and snow pea plant on Sunday after harvesting the stragglers due to the 100 degree heat we already have  had . I’ve also been collecting dried pods for planting  in the fall. What a wonderful feeling knowing I am doing my part to help  create peas on earth.

2 of my favorite summer veggies need planting . Guess which one

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I really need to get the seeds going or ( gasp) buy little plants from someone.

Hint to answer Q  of subject line…

I love making/eating vegetarian  Indian food and  am always trying to note the values I learn from  studying Ayurvedic cooking  using food as medicine .

So all of this veggies are cooling, while one lowers all Dosha levels,  and Two lowers Pitta and Vata but raises  Kapha.

Can you guess which is which?

YUK to yummy… and coping with unwanted guests

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Seems like this winter after srting with varied types and brands of Kale seeds the Lake Valley Organics brand  of Red Russian Kale is the only one that has really taken off . This time only in pots that are strategically placed in various sub climates on the property. As always there tends to be a consistently inconsistent issue I have encountered. In some of the pots , glad to say not all yet 🙂  little buggers  have moved in when they know I am not looking.

When gardening I TRY to spray them off with  the jet setting on my hose but often that is temp fix. I know there is always input I get on how other gardeners deal with this from my friends at http://www.vpaaz.org that has a wonderful permaculture forum and from whom I have learned SOOOO much. I know I can always plug in a search name and find great information to help me. And now  I have been finding more like minded gardening peeps on Desert Gardeners of Maricopa County facebook group as well. I will share more another time on dealing in the garden with these pests but for now I want to talk about eating and food prep .

YUK ! Now some of the die hard , back to the earth type may  these guys are not going to hurt you and very high in protein.  And of course some foodies out there are really tapping into what some other cultures have incorporated for oh so long…..you know the chocolate covered beetles concept…..DOUBLE YUK.

If you are kosher, or other wise NOT interested at all in eating these guys and you want to enjoy your harvest ( which I am one of ) …. here is what I do and recommend.

Disclaimer… this does take some time and focused eyes,  but I really take personal issue with going out and BUYING what I know I have already GROWN!!!

Soak your leaves in bowls of salt water. I use the cheapest kind of sea salt for this ( I get mine at Trader Joes or Costco) . I do MULTIPLE baths. I examine each leaf and make sure I rinse well in clear water after each bath.  Put in my trusty salad spinner ( what did we do before them ). By the way my favorite after trying MANY is the OXObrand which is still going strong after I can not begin to imagine how many hundreds of times it has been spun! Wrap those leaves in paper towels and put in ziplock bags. SO I will not forget about the rotation of my produce I like to mark the date with a Sharpe marker.

Enjoy!

 

 

24 Snow Peas

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I love snow peas and snap peas.I have tried growing them for several years in the ground and in 24 inch pots. Yeah I got some but never enough at one time to make a really dish! I even let them dry up and saved about 20 or more dried peas to plant . Well I think the thing that worked this year is I started earlier than before .   I am excited to say I have numerous plants in varied pots and in the ground planted at different times . Some were started in styrofoam cups others directly into the soil. I need to look up in my gardening  journal ( yeah it really does help) and get back to you on when I started planting which where. But it is March 4th and I am waiting for more to grow big enough to harvest but this is a batch from the other day 🙂 yummy. Hard to get in a recipe though. Almost hard to get them to the kitchen to wash before eating !

The painting is one of the Chakra series that  I love to use for a back drop for harvest photos. The Painting  is 16″ x 40″ and  the intense green focus energy on the heart Chakra . I keep noticing how Green seems to be a  color  I gravitating to lately . Ironically I used to never like green.

There are numerous sources I have used in my study of Chakra healing but I remember when in 2016  I bought the book “The Healing Tones of Crystal Bowls” by Renee Brodie (when I bought two tone bowls as anniversary gifts for my husband and myself ) I think that was the beginning of my real exploration of Chakra healing. So much to say on that … another time .

Peppering my thoughts.

5_green_sweet_peppers2014__©_Linda_Enger_PhotographyLinda_Enger_It has taken me many attempts at growing green peppers from seeds to get a few decent size organic peppers home grown … dare I try again?  It is that time of year. I missed starting  seeds inside in  pots but I have 2 sweet peppers and 2 hot pepper plants in pots outside that have survived our Scottsdale frosts. I will see what happens in the next few months.

Yep, I love multi tasking my chakra series of paintings as back grounds.