Flower Power: A New Alternative Energy

Flower Power: A New Alternative Energy

I paused between harvesting berries and thinning carrots this morning to admire the progress of this volunteer Sunflower’s growth. We plant the beauties along the fence line as a decorative heat deflecting measure and partial shade for our lettuce.
The errant seeds that germinate in random places in our yard are welcomed surprises.

© 2014 Theresa Funk, all rights reserved.

Berry Yessa

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Weeding and harvesting the berries that are beginning to ripen in our garden is a delicious, nutritious, and tedious chore.  I willingly suffer through the task because the payoff is sublime.  According to the California Strawberry Commission, the state leads our nation and the world in strawberry production.   In 2013, more than 2.3 billion pounds of strawberries were harvested, and the estimated value of the California strawberry crop is approximately $2.6 billion.  

Did you know that eight strawberries has more vitamin C than an orange, and these tasty little super-fruits are packed with beneficial antioxidants and nutrients including potassium, folate and fiber?  Of all the strawberry varieties available, freshly picked from the garden are the kind I like the best. 

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~T.
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Olly Olly Toxin Free

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In the game hide and seek, calling out “Olly Olly Oxen Free” is used to let the best hidden players know that the seeker is giving you a pass.   In our garden, insects get a free pass from pesticides.  I’d much rather deal with holes in my spinach than having toxins in my body.

© 2014 Theresa Funk, all rights reserved.

Gigantic Organic and Pesticide Free

Gigantic Organic and Pesticide Free

We opted to grill asparagus for tonight’s side dish so that this head of garden fresh Romanesco Broccoli will have one more day to grow genetically un-modified, and pesticide free.
Trying to convey to you with words what only functioning taste buds can convey is futile.
Dinner will be served at 7:00 p.m. PST.

~T.