We grow catnip in the corner of the front yard. It’s a lovely bushy silvery green plant that smells a bit weedy when touched. Catnip is an easy plant to grow and takes a far amount of shade. We keep catnip both to use in tea for us and to entertain our cats in the winter.
If you want to grow catnip you can easily find a started plant at your local nursery.
You could save some money and start your catnip from seed if you would like more than one plant. Be warned that catnip is in the mint family and can be a bit invasive. To get around this, you may either plant it in a pot or in a space that you don’t mind it taking over. My plan is to put my new little plants in the corner of the yard under a bush that could use some brightening up.
When you are ready to preserve your catnip simply cut it, bind it and hang it. Never cut more than 2/3 of any plant in the mint family to keep it healthy. When you hang herbs to dry it is best to find an airy, dry place that does not get direct sun. I don’t have a place that is all of those things so mine go up in the window.
Mint is my favorite herb! I have an adoration of edible invasive plants, I love that they are hard to kill, easy to harvest and fun to share. I am always willing to share my mint family plants but only if you will use them! I also prefer that if I give you a share of my plant you not trap it in a pot. ( odd I know) this corner garden is the home to peppermint and my family favorite chocolate mint. we grow chocolate mint, apple mint, peppermint, cat nip, and lemon balm! this year we also added strawberry mint to the mix. I want to find a orange mint, and grapefruit mint but I have not seen them this year and am not sure where I would stick them.
In Colorado June is the month for flowers! my front garden at this house is full of flowers planted by my mother, myself and my favorites showed up of their own accord. The oxeye daisy pictured above has placed itself in the center on the front lawn. When I mow I am very careful to not cut a singe one down because they look so happy. the oxeye in considered a class 2 noxious weed because it is very successful in choking out crops. with that in mind I have a spot in the back yard that I would love to grow a few of these because I love them and an added bonus to these sweet little invaders is that you can eat them!
Every year the kids and I grew a pot or 2 of petunias because we like plants and these are cute. ( Do I need another reason?)
These pansy’s grow under the hedge in our flower border with a hand full of other plants. I am particularly proud of these flowers because I started them from seed last year. while you can eat these and I do decorate a cake here and there with them, we mostly just leave them in the yard or cut one for a bud vase from time to time.
Last year we had some snap dragons we started from seed in the border and this one made a come back. my boys really enjoy making snap dragons talk by pinching the flower. next year I think we will add more so that my garden can have more little boy entertainment.
This Sage is in full bloom in the rose bed not bothered by the annoying bind weed and wood bine I need to pull weekly. If you are hoping to feed the bees plant common garden sage. my common sage blooms and is covered in bees all the time. I of course use my sage for cooking and I make cleaner with it but I always let this plant bloom for the bees!
Last but not least are my mothers roses. We planted these roses like 17 years ago in honor of my grandmother. When the roses were planted most of them were yellow , red and orange, but as time passed they went pink and a few decided they were climbing roses. Last year I tried to dig out the climbing roses but they had other plans and not only came bake but bloomed like mad this year.
Cereal is boring, expensive and not particularly good for you ,yet I still have a soft spot for it. The redeeming quality of Cereal is that it’s fast, crunchy and my entire family loves it. I only buy cereal a few times a year. When I buy it I want to make it last and have it fill my family up. Somtimes we eat our cereal as a topping on yogurt but generally we just pull out our fruit, nuts and seed to top. Today’s cereal was rice chex topped with walnuts, banana, raspberries, Chia and flax seeds. My younger son and husband had flax milk with theirs and my older son and I had it with whole milk. Yum!
Left over soup!
Does everyone make left over soup or is this unique to my family? When I was little my mother always made leftover soup around once a week. We make leftover soup about every other week because I send left overs for lunch. Left over soup is one of the simplest things you can make. Just pull out a pot, toss in all your leftovers, and cover with broth. This last batch was good but a tad odd as it had taco filling a mint risotto. The key is to taste and add seasoning to complement the dominant flavor. In the case of this soup it was mint! How do you fix minty chicken soup? I added some red curry paste and it was AMAZING!
So why not make some left over soup? …..
It will save you money.
It is fast.
Best of all it tastes like it was a lot of work.
Buying nuts and seeds in bulk will save you tons of money, but only if you use them up. I always buy my nuts and seeds in bulk because we use them daily. Unfortunately I have also have had to compost my fair share because I stored them improperly. Now when I buy in bulk I do everything I can to make sure that we use it all up. My nuts come in large bags from costco or from bulk bins. When I get home a fill jars with nuts to use now. It is important to remember to use a jar that will fit only the nuts you can eat within one or two weeks. Chia seeds stay fine for much longer. I always keep flax in a jar in the freezer so that it does not go rancid. After I put my seeds in the jars I roll up the rest in its bags and put thme in a zip lock in the freezer. Simply refill your jars as needed.
Good morning! I am attempting to get the hang of this whole blogging thing. Hopefully recurring posts will make me get the ball rolling. This morning we had oatmeal with maple syrup, raisins, cranberries, flaxseeds, Chia and walnuts. I make oatmeal the cheater way by boiling water and pouring it over rolled oat already in the bowl. It’s the best way to make oatmeal because it’s done by the time I get myself and the 4 year old dressed. I do really love soaked oats as well but oat meal tends to be our we are running late breakfast.
Don’t waste your celery. All you need to do is pop it in a small dish in a sunny window and the center will regrow. You could than pot it up once it has roots if you want. I never pot it up because celery cost me less than the space a dirt is worth. We simply leave this guy in the window and use what grows in the center once or twice then feed the rest to the worms, chickens or rabbits.