Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Congratulations Chef Kinch

Huzzah! Manresa Chef Kinch won handily in Iron Chef America's Kitchen Stadium against Chef Bobby Flay.

And this Los Gatos Girl is thrilled that Chef Kinch did a major smackdown on all areas.

Friday, March 06, 2009

Hail Hail Los Gatos

Well, I tried to take a picture of the hail that came down this week. It was pea sized, and frankly it seemed to last a minute before really big drops of water came down.

I'm pleased to say my garden is fine. Whew.

I have celery, artichokes, strawberries, peas, chard, lettuce, broccoli, cauliflower and red cabbage. Oh and I have some tomatoes in. I've started seedlings indoors for tomatoes and peppers. I'm about to start another round of tomatoes.

This year, I'm going to stagger them. Never again will I plant 23 varieties of tomatoes all within two weeks of one another.

Now the cool thing that I planted this year were asparaguses (yes, I know it's not a word but it's cute sounding to say "asparaguses" rather then the usual "asparagi") (yes, i know that's not a word too. Really it's March Madness or something, but I'm feeling mighty goofy today.

Anyway, I planted the crowns in January, and I saw that a few of the little dears have poked up through the surface. Boy did I do a happy dance. I put down well composted manure and then a layer of potting soil to ensure there was a high nitrogen content. Then I planted lots of onions and shallots. They're doing great. These are the only things I don't have in containers. I was disappointed with the container onions this fall, so into the ground they go. I hope they get large.

I did three varieties of strawberries: late spring, early summer and late summer. Then I'm expecting some blueberry plants soon. I got some self-watering container pots for them.

But the elm in the back has leaves. The tulip tree in the front is blooming.

Regardless of what Punxsutawny Phil says, it's Spring.