Seeds, Fall Gardening, and Major Impatience.

Let’s talk seeds.

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A week ago, I got our future fall garden. Seed Savers was a new discovery this year for me, and so far (I caved and planted a bush bean in a pot on the windowsill), I love them. My receipt came hand-signed, my seeds neatly packed into a yellow envelope.

Yellow- cheery!

The half-hour after I received said yellow, cheery envelope was spent unpacking the packets one by one, sorting, arranging, and admiring them over and over. Don’t judge- I would have spent at least two hours if I hadn’t had other things to do.

What on earth could possibly take priority over seeds?

If you look at the picture above very carefully, you’ll notice that there are several non-fall plants. Yeah. I actually wanted to have seven-ish months to admire the packets of onions and runner beans.

Because I didn’t get my two hours of admiring them when they first came.

Y’know.

Anyway, this coming year, we wanted to throw ourselves headfirst into half-homesteading, and therefore ordered seventeen packets of seeds to use in a fall garden.

Seven of which won’t actually be planted until next April.

And an additional six of which will at some point need some form of protection from the Big Bad Frost.

So: the official fall 2015 variety list:

Hardy and fast-growing:

Tom Thumb peas

Chioggia beets

French Breakfast Radishes

Halbhohrer Gruner Krauser Kale (gotta love the name!)

Hardy but slow-growing:

Calabrese Broccoli

(got Natalie MacMaster on Pandora- excuse me for a major toe-tapping moment-

I’m back. My apologies)

Red Romaine Lettuce

Strawberry Spinach (I can’t wait to see the ‘strawberries’- they look so interesting…)

Dragon Carrots

Early Jersey Wakefield Cabbages

Long Island Improved Brussels Sprouts (haven’t had Brussels Sprouts in ten-ish years; I’m excited to try them again!)

And- a sneak peak of the 2016 garden:

Painted Lady Improved Runner Beans

Sunset Runner Beans

Yellow of Parma Onions

Kentucky Wonder Bush Beans

Hidcote Blue Lavender

Genovese Basil

Borage

So, do any of you fall garden? What experiences do you have with it? Have any of you tried these varieties? What did you like about them?

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More Soup

It is my firm belief that you can never have too much soup. Hot soup, cold soup, stew, and broth- and when you’re sick, soup is that much better.

I admitted to being sick Tuesday, and since have been trying everything I can find in terms of helping, and some have helped, some haven’t. More on that later.

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Thus the soup.

A while back, I made a vegetable stock, froze it, and almost forgot about it. When digging through the freezer on Tuesday, I found it, and decided to make soup.

Mind you- I was hacking up a lung every few minutes, and blowing my nose continuously- in other words, quite unfit for cooking. But being- well, me- I wanted soup, and therefore, made it.

The block of stock went in the pot to melt, the fridge was scoured, and veggies were found. A piece of kale here, a carrot there- it very quickly fell into place.

Oh- and some ham. That was my little indulgence, as chicken was nowhere to be found.

A handful of noodles completed it. It literally took me fifteen minutes to make, not counting the time it took to get the stock out of the Tupperware (it was frozen, after all!). Thirty minutes from the time I got out of bed to the time I crawled back in-and honestly, with at least twenty of those minutes unnecessary..

And I’d feel stupid if I tried to post a recipe. It doesn’t need one. Heat up broth, add veggies, meat, and noodles as it begins to boil. That’s it.

When the cold hits you hard, you don’t want to have to make your own lunch/dinner. This soup lets you get your sleep and your sustenance!