Category: well being
|March 2, 2012||Posted by simply stephen under well being||
Today I am pleased to bring you a qualilty guest post written by Amy Fowler on behalf of organic topsoil suppliers at Garden Topsoil Direct. Visit any supermarket in the western world today and the idea that we might be edging towards a food crisis seems inconceivable, yet the fact is, such a disaster isn’t so […]
|February 10, 2012||Posted by simply stephen under well being||
I love simplicity. It’s bliss. simplicity is elimination Elimination of things that hinder dreams. Elimination of products and services that use hard earned resources. Elimination of empty activities. Elimination of worry. simplicity is reduction Reduction of words. Reduction of tools. Reduction of things. Reduction of time. simplicity is more More peace of mind. More ability […]
|November 23, 2011||Posted by simply stephen under well being||
With Christmas coming I like to help people focus on change and happiness. This post is going to be short and sweet. It’s a simple question. Do you take time to enjoy life and your blog? Yes or No. It shows. If you aren’t enjoying blogging it shows up in your life and vice versa. […]
|December 18, 2009||Posted by simply stephen under well being|
Last week I shared a very simple coffee liqueur recipe but this one is even easier. Perfect on ice or to put in your coffee, this simple irish cream recipe saves a lot of money and only takes a few minutes to make. Ingredients: condensed milk – 1 can vanilla – bean, powder or liquid […]
|December 11, 2009||Posted by simply stephen under well being|
Just in time for Christmas I thought I’d share a quick and simple coffee liqueur recipe made with real coffee not instant. After looking at a ton of recipes with instant cocoa and coffee I decided to create my own & I only needed 5 ingredients. Many of the recipes say they taste better if […]
|October 23, 2009||Posted by simply stephen under well being||
This zucchini bread with blue cheese and walnuts is to die for. Another simple recipe made with all natural ingredients. Filling and delicious. Ingredients: 1 medium zucchini 2 cups of flour (use whole grain such as buckwheat or spelt) butter 3-4 medium to large eggs blue cheese cheddar cheese (extra old is best) salt walnuts […]
|October 13, 2009||Posted by simply stephen under well being||
Another simple recipe. Cooked in a large batch, you can freeze or jar this sauce to have extra for the winter months. This sauce is nice with a sprinkle of your favorite cheese. I use best survival knife and extra old cheddar. Ingredients: tomatoes zucchini onions mushrooms olive oil or butter water red wine cilantro […]
|October 8, 2009||Posted by simply stephen under well being|
Here’s a simple recipe for cold cucumber soup with summer going quickly, I thought I’d share it with you to enjoy the last of the fresh cucumber. Ingredients: 4 cups of fresh grated cucumber (it is best to peel the cucumber) 3-4 medium white potatoes with water (you can substitute with a can of potato […]
|September 25, 2009||Posted by simply stephen under well being|
Fall has arrived, so I think it’s fitting to do an update on my wonderful vegetable garden experiment and the harvest this year. The garden was an experiment in simplicity. I wanted to plant and maintain in a Thoreau style – letting nature fend for itself. With the occasional watering and a couple times weeding, […]
Fall has arrived, so I think it’s fitting to do an update on my wonderful vegetable garden experiment and the harvest this year. The garden was an experiment in simplicity. I wanted to plant and maintain in a Thoreau style – letting nature fend for itself. With the occasional watering and a couple times weeding, I would say this was achieved with incredible results.
I went away when my daughter was here in August and we had a bit of a dry spell. My room mates did not water the garden and yet the quantity of yield did not diminish, though the plant quality did. The Beefsteak tomatoes turned yellow, but this could have been because of the soil. I will plant tomatoes in a different area next year. The fruit still did well.
Here’s what I planted at the beginning of the season:
- 8 Beefsteak Tomato Plants
- 4 Plum Tomato Plants
- 4 Zucchini Plants (actually 7 but one was a cluster)
- About 16 Swiss Chard
- 8 Leaf Lettuce
- 4 Beets
- 1 Fennel
- Dill, Cilantro, Basil and Mint
- Chives, Onions and other lettuce
- 4 Marigolds
Here’s the fruit harvest. I lost count of the tomato plants but made 4 batches of sauce and ate many fresh fruit from July to the present. I’m still eating. The total estimate is well over 350 tomatoes.
The zucchini was great early on and I even got a few monster ZUCH when we went away but later in the season the raccoons and animals seemed to get them. I probably picked about 50 of them with most of them before mid-August. The lettuce grew twice for me and some of the swiss chard got me 4 pickings. Needless to say I had a variety of meals with them.
The herbs did fine, though when I went away the basil seeded, so I did not get it for as long as I thought. The chives are still thriving in various places over the garden. The beets and fennel have not been harvested yet but I’m expecting a couple of nice meals from them.
The grand total was about $30-40 worth of plants. Some of the lettuce was seeds. Next year I may try more seeds. I would estimate that it would have cost me over $500 to buy all the vegetables and sauces that I made, so it was worth it. Very fruitful and actually lots of fun. The cut off will provide a nice quality for the compost next year.
I encourage all of you to try a garden. If you have an apartment, try a little potted tray with a few herbs and a small tomato plant. The results are worth it and the harvest was delicious. I will be eating my sauce well into the winter and was able to share fresh vegetables with many family and friends. The simple power of a garden helps create a natural green way of living that I’m quite content with.