Fresh homemade kale pasta

Home ground whole wheat flour, semolina, a little vital wheat gluten as a vegan substitute for eggs, and all purpose flour for rolling out by hand.

The perfect rose for my sweet LynnAnnRose

How did I miss seeing these runner beans until last night ?

Permaculture garden update

I’ve been busy, more so because my wife and I are both physically disabled.

Gardening at 7,000 feet means a short growing season and cool night, which is great for cool season crops. We’ve been harvesting kales, lettuces, radishes, sugar snap peas and green onions/chives (perennial walking onions).

Warm season crops require warm microclimates. My garden uses a lot of local sandstone rock and water jugs in the cold frame. Our runner beans, pickling cucumbers, yellow crookneck squash, cocozelle zucchini and a deep orange winter squash are flowering. Tomatoes, collard greens, and more are on their way.

It’s lilac time

A garden in progress

I’m gradually altering my yard to become a permaculture garden. The woman who lived here before me grew purely ornamental plants, especially bulbs. The garden beds had been neglected for years.

I just discovered “waste” rock left over from the beds and main pathway buried around a large pine tree in the northwest corner of my yard. I have used much of it to build up the pictured raised bed and north garden walkway. I now need to fill the garden bed with soil that I will collect from burying the pathway rocks and bed edging rocks.

I plan to plant summer and winter squash and pickling and lemon cucumbers in this bed. It gets early morning sun and stays sunny until mid-afternoon.

I’m very much into repurposing things. Staying at home because of Covid-19 makes repurposing absolutely necessary. I will never be bored!

A native bumble bee

We appreciate the ecological importance of native bees. We grow flowers in our permaculture polyculture guilds that attract bees. This bee is pollinating grape hyacinth, Muscari armeniacum.

The yummy pumpkin cinnamon rolls are already half eaten!

A new cold frame

It fits over my raised bed made with recycled plastic. Terrific! We plan to grow summer and winter squash and cucumbers in it during the warm months and then leafy greens in the fall and winter.

Pumpkin cinnamon rolls

I’m trying something new for sourdough quarantine baking: pumpkin cinnamon rolls. The two cans were the perfect amount. Because the filling is wetter than regular cinnamon rolls, the unrisen rolls are droopy. I don’t think it will matter, but I’ll see! I intend to eat these for breakfast, so they are healthier, too: less sugar, basted with melted vegan butter, but none in the dough or spread on the rolled out sections.