Friday, April 29, 2016
My daugher, Maggie, and I
plant a rented garden space at the "Y"
each growing season.
This year we planted carrots, chard,
kale, celery, spinach, radishes,
bush beans, arugula . . . and
now that the weather is warm enough,
tomatoes, peppers and egg plant.
How exciting to harvest our
"first pickings" this week:
crisp radishes, leaf lettuce
and tender sweet spinach.
What a treat!
Thursday, April 28, 2016
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
GREEN SKIES GIVE WARNING
When skies turn green,
you can be certain
bad weather is on the way.
It was 2 o'clock in the afternoon,
and suddenly the sky was dark
with an eerie green glow
above City Hall.
We knew it was time to head
(10 minutes later, strong winds
and hail pelted the city.)
Luckily, no tornadoes.
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Monday, April 25, 2016
These old stone steps
still lead to Richart Spring.
Clean, cold, gurgling,
over 1-million gallons a day.
One of the many feeder streams
into the Meramec River.
We are blessed in Missouri
with our free-flowing, spring-fed
rivers and streams.
More precious than oil.
Sunday, April 24, 2016
Saturday, April 23, 2016
At La Patisserie Chouquette
(Tower Grove in St. Louis)
cakes and pastries are created
as unique works-of-art.
A Spring flower collection,
stack of pancakes with butter & syrup,
chrysanthemums and roses . . .
each is handcrafted 100% cake,
adorned with colored butter frosting,
and absolutely delicious.
Pastry chef and owner, Simone Faure,
hailed to St. Louis from the 7th Ward
of New Orleans, following an exit
from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.
She has gained local and national fame
at her exquisite, custom designed cakes.
(You should see her wedding cakes!)
Friday, April 22, 2016
Thursday, April 21, 2016
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
IN THE GARDEN
A nostalgic, romantic favorite
in the Spring shade garden.
"Some of you may remember
in my early days,
I was sort of a 'bleeding heart liberal.'
Then I became a man
and put away my childish ways."
-- Ronald Reagan, 40th U.S. President
(It's a shame that we grow up, you know?)
Monday, April 18, 2016
Sunday, April 17, 2016
Saturday, April 16, 2016
MISSOURI PASTURE LAND
We're blessed with abundant
fertile pasture lands
here in eastern Missouri.
In fact, according to current USDA
Agriculture Statistic Services,
Missouri ranks #2 in the U.S.
for the number of small farms.
Not mega-farms under corporate control,
but small family farms,
100,000 in all
(average size 287-acres).
Crop farms, horse farms, livestock farms.
More young families are choosing this
way of life, living off the land.
(It's a good sign, I say.
A healthy way of life.)
Friday, April 15, 2016
After collecting fresh morel mushrooms,
I've decided to attempt growing
my own crop of these rare morels.
The recipe and technique is complicated,
but this season I'm giving it a try.
Collecting fresh morels, mixing their spores
with rice and rye berries, and wood chips;
letting the spores feed and grow
(in the refrigerator);
then straining the slurry into spring water,
mixing in molasses, and aerating the mixture.
By now, this liquid is full of millions of new spores,
which I pour in a shaded moist area,
preferably around an ash tree or decayed stump.
Then soak the spore liquid deep in the soil.
And then (with luck), next Spring season.
(Wish me luck.)
Thursday, April 14, 2016
PINK OF THE WOODS
No trouble picking out the native
Eastern Redbud tree
throughout the Missouri woods and forests.
It's a favorite low lying tree
throughout the tall timber,
especially near rivers and streams.
It's the last colorful flowering tree
before leaves cover the branches
of our many hardwoods.
Love that pink!