Friday, April 7, 2017

Window Garden, Fish and Chips Night


I guess I don't need to repeat my angst again...winter winter please go away! The huskies do love it though...


Yesterday we didn't feel like having a proper lunch and I'd forgotten I had a lone bag of tortilla chips in the cupboard that I bought, last month, the month before...???...out of sight, out of mind really does work! Anyway, we made a Mexican Dip and watched a movie in bed. I'm so happy that the chives I bought last July have kept producing all winter long! I'm taking such good care of them so they'll keep growing for a long time! :)


I decided yesterday evening, the heck with waiting...I'm starting my garden! Well, at least my window garden! :) I planted parsley in two pots, I use a lot of that and my old plant died in January.


After reading a little more about cold weather crops, and with a suggestion from my Year Round Vegetable Gardener book...I decided to start some spinach and beets. I only did 6 pots of each with 2 seeds in each pot as a trial. In the book, the author says that these two (of many) crops will withstand frost and cold weather, so I'm going to transplant these outside when they are ready - despite the weather. I'm hoping that I will have something to harvest in late May when I'm starting to plant my summer garden. I'm trying to implement the ideas of the year-round gardening!


The basil is coming up nicely!


And the original lonely lemon is gradually continuing to yellow! I know it needs more sun and so do I!


So with the yellowing lemon, I have five growing! The four small ones all started blooming in February. I never thought I'd get lemons. I always thought of them as a southern crop, but it just goes to show that anything is possible!!!


So this is my window garden. As you can see, I'm being stubborn...I just don't want to toss the rosemary bush out, even though all bets are on that it's done. I'm going to put it outside this summer anyway. It can find it's way back to the earth!


Last night we had the rest of the fish and chips with my Homemade Tartar Sauce. Another Mel Brooks movie under our belt and it was an early night. The wind was howling last night as it poured rain. When I woke up to snow this morning, all I could do was roll my eyes!

18 comments:

Mama Pea said...

I've been trying, trying, trying to get some garden seedlings started this week, but life keeps interfering. Today, darn it, it's going to happen today!

So sorry to see you're still getting more snow. The remainder of ours has been melting more and more each day this week. (So sorry, don't mean to rub it in. :o( )

We hit the hay last night before 9 o'clock as we'd spent the day in the big city for an eye check-up appointment for Papa Pea. Five hours round trip on the road takes it out of us!

Where's your green veggie with those fish and chips, little girl? (Just kidding.)

Rain said...

Well Mama Pea, there is relish in the tartar sauce, so that's my green veg :) Plus we had olives in the dip! How's that for a rebuttle lol? That wouldn't fly if I were a kid now would it? :)

The snow, the snow, the horror, the horror...but I saw a +16 (60F) in the forecast for next week, so fingers crossed!!

I actually decided to stop stalling on the seeds after I read that Susan is making Saturday her seed planting day, I figured...okay, she's made a deadline, I need to do the same! So I gave myself two days! I'm so glad I did it. Actually if I did get rid of the rosemary plant, I could put a third shelf in my only sunny window and do a little bit more. It's a thought!

OMG...I'm sending you positive and relaxing energy from FIVE HOURS of driving...I'm sure just being in the city is draining too. Whenever Alex and I need to go to the big city, which is Montreal here in Quebec, it's about a 2 hour drive each way and as we get closer and closer, that stomach anxiety begins...it only goes away once we see the mountains again.

MrsDuncanMahogany said...

I cannot believe its still snowing!! Come on Winter, time to say goodbye! We were supposed to get to 20 tomorrow but they have gone and changed the forecast (again) to 15. That's ok - I will take it. Maybe it will stretch past 15. Hope springs eternal!

That Mexican dip looks delicious! My kind of lunch! :) I would even just eat the bag of chips too. That's also a good lunch :)

Good for you for starting your garden. Why not!!! I checked my jumble of herbs last night. Nothing! I didn't expect anything so soon, but you never know. So I sang to them and put them closer to the window. I have them sitting on one of my laundry horses because if I didn't have them hanging from the sky, the cats would dig in the soil. And I'd rather not have them do that! I am going to try my hand at beets this year again. I make a beet kvass every other week - so think that perhaps I should grow some instead of always buying. I have not been successful in previous years with beets - and I refuse to give up :)

Those fish and chips look perfect!! And I see you have 2 of my husband's favorite beers to go along. When we went to England a few years ago, (one of my friends lives in Newcastle) we tried the Newcastle Brown. My husband fell in love with it so its a frequent visitor in my house. And just because he's Irish, of course Kilkenny is another love :) My husband is originally from southern Ontario where there a tons of fish and chip shops. We do not have as many here in Winnipeg, but there are a few that are decent. I remember when I first met him he was desperate for some good fish and chips. That was one of our first dates - a quest to find proper fish and chips :)

Have a great Friday evening and I am sending snow stopping energy your way. :)

Dianna

Lisa said...

Window garden is a nice idea! With my dogs and cats I have very few (1-2 hanging ivy) in the house because I can't have any on the floor or furniture, but making a window ledge like you did gives me some ideas :)

Sunnybrook Farm said...

Fish and chips are one of my most favorite meals, we have to drive into the city to get it at a restaurant and I just can't fix it as good as they can but I give it a try now and then.

kymber said...

Rain - i am dead sick of snow and winter too! this has gone on waaay too long! but i am really glad that you got some stuff planted. hang on to that rosemary - it's a perennial and it will come back. that fish and chips looks absolutely deelish! and, it's funny - but you guys are the only people we know who are like us - you guys read trivia cards to each other, we do the encylopaedias - you guys like eating in bed - did you ever see the post about our bed?!?!?! people think we are mad! jambaloney built our bed and it fills our entire bedroom. it's 9ft X 7ft...you can see it here:

http://framboisemanor.blogspot.ca/2011/12/framboise-manor-monster-bed.html

but that fish and chips looks to die for! sending much love! your friend,
kymber

Rain said...

Hi Dianna :)) The Mexican dip is awesome! We had just a wee bit leftover for today, but we tend to just overdo it sometimes lol... The fish and chips are actually quite good for store bought. Oh I love Newcastle! It's pretty much the only beer I can drink now. I have a weird allergy so most beers are out, they make my throat close, but Newcastle seems to be okay, some other "red" beers are okay too. It's hard to find a proper fish and chips! I've given up trying!

I hope I have success with all of my veggies, I'm keeping hope! I really felt a lot of joy planting those seeds and I would love to do more! But I have to be patient. I just don't have room for more seedlings right now. This darn snow though, what the heck is going on? We really don't ever have these long winters, this will be the first, it's nuts.

Have a great evening! Enjoy your weekend! :)

Rain said...

Hi Lisa :)) Yes, I know how you feel...I can't leave any plants in range of the pets, especially the cats. But Charlie is always sniffing the lemon tree and I know one day I'll find a yellow and green crime scene on the floor...that's the only plant that is low enough for them to get at, though I've barricaded it pretty well! I only have that one sunny window so I'm trying to take advantage of the space as best I can!

Rain said...

Hi Gill :))...me too. I LOVE fish and chips! I've tried to make it myself but because we don't fry here, the oven baked kind just doesn't cut it. The fish is haddock, Highliner I think. And we JUST found some nice fries from...Cavendish Farms, extra crispy coated. They really do come out like a restaurant fry and much better than I've ever made!

Rain said...

Kymber is it just me? We don't get these long winters here usually. I don't know, it seems too long this year! I was looking back at photos of last year and there wasn't nearly as much snow. We're doing our best.

I love your bed!!! Alex and I talked about making a room-sized bed too when we buy our place! We let all the pets up so it gets a little crowded with us and the 6 pets! :) Plus Alex loves to sprawl out when he sleeps. Love that bed! :) It's funny how we're so much alike! We would stay in bed all day if we could lol...we just love cozy and intimate! :)

I loved my dinner, I wish I had more! I'm not even going to try to make it myself, I will succumb to the fact that I don't 'do' fish and chips very well. But at least I found a frozen brand worth buying now! Have a great Friday!

Nicole Thomas said...

Oh noooo :(
Yay to your seeds and your lemon ... who cares if its snowing ... you're planting :) life is good :)

Toirdhealbheach Beucail said...

The fish and chips look delicious. Unfortunately the potential fish for fish and chips we have here is either bass or catfish, neither of sounds "right" to me.

I believe lots of leafy greens are general cold tolerant. Good luck.

(We are also behind on our planting here and if I am not careful I will miss the window of Spring entirely)

Kristina said...

My recently planted parsley isn't sprouting, but they were older seeds I had. I hope to get some new ones soon. It's almost time to till up and plant my potatoes, peas, radishes, and other cold weather crops.

Rain said...

Hi Nik :) I see 17C for Monday! A glimmer of hope! :)

Rain said...

Hi TB :)) Yeah, I can't imagine bass as my fish and chips, simply because that's the fish we mostly catch and release. I don't think I've ever tried it so it's a mental thing for me! I hope you find some time to do a little planting, I'm finding it so therapeutic! And it helps me focus :)

Rain said...

Hi Kristina :)) I was hoping I could do some potatoes this season, but I don't want to overwhelm myself just yet! I completely forgot about radishes, Alex likes them a lot and I heard they're a good "beginner gardener" crop because they're easier to grow.

Sam I Am...... said...

I think I'll make that Mexican dip! Yum! I have tostitos too and all the ingredients...it was meant to be! LOL! I'll trade you weather! I got sunburned yesterday mowing...now my double work load starts with outside and inside work! I love the outside and it was nice yesterday at 65 or 67 but hotter than that and I don't care for it. 65 - 67 F is perfect for working outside and no bugs really at that temp! LOL!
Look at your plants growing! You really have a green thumb for sure! Fish and chips sounds good and I like vinegar on the fries too! Have a great weekend and being in bed with wind howling and rain/snow sounds great to me but I know you're tired of it!

Rain said...

Hi Sam :) Thank you! Time will tell if my thumb is really green or not. :) That Mexican dip is so yummy, it's hard to stop yourself though lol...beware! May I say I'm envious of your sunburn? Well, not the pain you must have, but I really could use some sun SOON. I'm grateful we're not in bug season yet as well. At the end of April we're screening in the front porch so I can live out there all summer long! :) Enjoy your weather!