Thursday, April 7, 2011

Inside out / out side in

Still not the kind of weather to dig outside in the dirt, our garden beds are still frozen . I have been thinning out the snow piles,tosing them into the sun.
This morning started with temps. in the twenties. The past two afternoons have offered more pleasant temps. but as night falls so does the temperatures.
I have done some house keeping and started some lettuce in the hoop house.
Lettuce grows most easily in cool weather, making it the perfect first crop for the hoop house.
The easiest time to grow lettuce is in the spring. Even little lettuce seedlings can handle light frost.No frost will lay directly on my hoop house lettuce.
 If you do not have a hoop house (you can hire Bob to build one) or plant lettuce seed right out in the garden as soon as the ground is no longer frozen.
Seeds will germinate when the soil temperature is as low as 45° F. Seedlings purchased from the garden center or grown indoors can go in the ground a week or so before the last expected spring frost in your area.
In Maine we can see frost right till mid May.
In the house Sprouts are growing, I like these on salad and sandwiches but I also put them in Lagers kibble.
 I have re potted some Rosemary that will eventually end up out side , and some Aloe that will be kept inside for sun burn relief.
The side paddock has begun to dry , the back pasture if very wet.
If weather permits the drive way and paddock will be dragged this week end .
It will be so nice when  it is time for a fresh salad.
Wedge Salad

Recipe courtesy Paula Deen

1 head iceberg lettuce, cut into quarters

Blue cheese dressing

1 tomato, minced

2 green onions, chopped

1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese

1 cup cooked bacon, crumbled


On each salad plate, place 1 wedge of lettuce turned on its side. Pour blue cheese dressing on wedge. Sprinkle with tomatoes, green onions, crumbled blue cheese, and crumbled bacon
(Bob like's his with Peppercorn ranch)

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