Archive for the ‘Gardening’ Category

Honeybees!

 

Yesterday our new top bar hive with established honeybee colony was finally delivered (after a delay due to the extremely hot conditions earlier in the week.)  We’ve had a great time watching them through the glass viewing windows on the side of the hive, as well as seeing them pollinating flowers in the yard.  When they return to the hive, their route is over the top of the house, down into the yard, make a hard right past the bird feeder pole, and back into the hive entrance.  It’s very interesting to see them all follow this same flightpath.

 

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September in Pictures

I haven’t post on here in over a month, so I thought I’d do a quick update of some of the things that took place during September that I remembered to photograph:

 

 

There’s more from the last week or so, but my camera is dead at the moment.

Deck Herb and Vegetable Gardens and Orchard

This summer my deck gardening has gone kind of crazy.  I have 9 over-the-rail planters filled with herbs, nice pots with the dwarf blueberries and citrus plants from last year, and cheap pots with seasonal vegetable plants.  Between all of these, the deck is pretty lush.  I kept forgetting to post about this all summer when the deck was looking nice, but today I found that my passionflower had rebloomed for the first time since I bought it 2 or 3 years ago, so I went ahead and took pics of everything else while I was at it.  Of course, a recent thunderstorm left leaves and dead branches all over the place, but I’m sure you’ll be kind enough to look past that.

A New Terrarium

Spring Gardening

Since I haven’t posted an update lately, I thought it was time to show off some of the gardening pictures I’ve accumulated so far this spring.  Most of them are from within the last week.

Meyer Lemon Squares

I love a good lemon square, and have spent quite a bit of time perfecting various recipes to create the perfect rendition.  I’ve come close in the past, but today I tried a brand-new recipe I found with a different “base” for the filling than in previous attempts.  I also used my Meyer lemon from my little lemon tree, which was ripe enough to harvest in the last week.  I had been on a search for a good recipe to use my single, special lemon, and this one fit the bill perfectly.  All that was wasted was the pith!  And of course I made these gluten-free.

Meyer Lemon Squares

Shortbread Crust:
1 c Pamela’s Gluten-Free Flour Mix
1/2 c powdered sugar
1/8 t salt
1/2 c cold butter, cut into pieces

Meyer Lemon Filling:
2 eggs
1 c sugar
2 T Pamela’s GF Flour
1/8 t salt
2 t lemon zest
1/4 c lemon juice

Preheat oven to 350F.  Line an 8″ square pan with parchment paper.

Add all crust ingredients to food processor.  Pulse until mixture is evenly integrated, and pieces are rice-sized.  Bake about 20 minutes, or until lightly browned.

While crust is baking, whisk together all filling ingredients until combined. Pour onto crust. Bake 15 minutes or until filling is just set.  Allow to cool completely, then sprinkle powdered sugar over top if desired.

The original recipe was obtained from AlpineBerry’s blog, which I found linked on another site, which I found on a Google search.  As an aside, my Meyer lemon produced 1/3 c juice and plenty of zest for this recipe, though I didn’t actually measure it.

Adorable Lemon

On April 5th, I received some dwarf citrus trees from Spring Hill. The Meyer Lemon had several fragrant blossoms and one tiny lemon growing on it in the shipping box. I ended up snipping off all subsequent baby lemons but left that first one alone to see if it would mature on such a small plant. Now it’s January 18, and it’s ready to harvest. It’s a massive lemon as compared to any others I’ve seen, much less on a tree as small as this! Now I need to come up with a recipe that does justice to my adorable lemon.

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