Studies show that you appreciate and actually enjoy things like chocolate and pizza if you eat them sparingly as opposed to every day. And yet I just read somewhere that 16% of the population eats pizza everyday. That used to be me, well, at least pretty close. But it's true, having a piece of chocolate once a week is delicious, but when you indulge everyday, several times a day, you take it for granted!
Not so very long ago, we learned to avoid c.r.a.p. and it sort of stuck with me
C. carbonated drinks
R. refined sugars
P. processed food
I don't know about you, but I would much rather eat my calories than drink them. Pop, bah, who needs it? I'd rather have a slice of pizza. And if you check the calories in one of those Starbucks caramel macchiato's, you might agree. And vegetables, well, you know are super low in calories and high in nutrients. And can be so tasty too! [You read food blogs, so I'm sure you already know this =)
So you may be wondering what's trending in garlic right now (or maybe not). Anyhow, we have it on great authority that the two best sellers of garlic this year are Romanian Red and Brown Tempest. So if you're out and about, give these two varieties a try. And plant a few of the cloves for spring.
There are 3 types of garlic. Softneck, stiffneck and great-headed. (Who comes up with these names anyhow?!)
1) Softneck - This type of garlic has a neck that stays soft after harvest, so you might see them braided. This is a good type of garlic to grow if you live in a warmer climate. Doesn't love the cold. Strong flavor.
2) Stiffneck - You see this one at the grocery store a lot. There's a ring of cloves around the stem. Does really well in the cold but then again doesn't store as well. Flavor is milder than the soft neck.
3) Great-headed also called elephant garlic - Not too hardy and kind of like a leek. Many say the flavor is more like an onion than garlic as we think of it. Both bulbs and cloves are huuuuuge. I find they just don't have much flavor at all which essentially defeats the purpose of garlic.
It's Fall. And you know what this means. Garlic planting time! Now is the ideal time. But we'll learn more about that on tomorrows blog post. Or Friday if I don't get it done. The point is, we'll get it done, I promise.
Picked one of these sunny squash up at a roadside stand for 75 cents. I know, how did you guess. Right? Anyhow, it is the BEST squash ever. Truly delicious. Sweet with a hint of cinnamon flavor in the background and of course all the nuttiness of squash. I was told it's a relatively new hybrid but expect to see more of it. Being lazy squash cooks, we roasted it, halfed it and ate it right out of the shell. Smooth and creamy. Reminded me a little of pumpkin pie minus all those issues of, um, you know, calories, crust bah. You simply have to try one of these if you can find one yet.
Ladybird, or ladybug beetles are strong natural predators on many types of garden pests. A particular target is the highly destructive aphid!
Vertically grown crops offer easier access every time you need to work with them or near them. They also have better access to sunlight and improved air circulation. We love our cucumbers that went all vertical on us this year! They look awesome and didn't rot on the ground.
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