Sunday, November 23, 2008

The Slowest Performing Art

Here's a quote I read this week that I want to share:
"Gardening Is the Slowest Performing Art"
...the more you think about it, the more it seems to unfold in your brain...
This week I wanted to share a few of my favorite seed variety requests:

horse winter treatsWe heard from a family in New Jersey who had just bought a horse and wanted to know if they could buy some grass mix to grow in the windowsill to take to their new horse for winter treats. I explained that it probably is much more practical to rely on carrots and apples, which are perennial horse favorites. In actual fact, unless you have some additional artificial light boost, it's really pretty hard to grow things on your windowsill in the winter, let alone enough grass to satisfy a horse' s treat tooth. But what a charming image this makes anyway!

gardening for pet foodThen we got a request for dandelion greens to feed tortoises from a woman in Southern California who is an avid tortoise hobbyist. I suggested that I could buy some seed for edible dandelions and her tortoise hobby group could distribute it to other members if they liked. Edible dandelions are a popular salad in France and that's where I would go for the seed if she is interested.

organic cat grassI would love to hear from other customers who have nontraditional pets they would like to grow food or treats for. I'm hoping that our blend of 4 different organic grain seeds for "cat grass" will meet most needs, but I'd be interested to know what folks need for other pets like hamsters and lizards, etc. Getting these kinds of questions and requests is what makes this job fun and makes me feel like we are connected to the everyday lives of so many of our customers.

misticanza lettuce with parsley dressingHere's my latest answer to that perennial question: What to make for lunch:? It's a really delicious and vitamin- rich salad dressing that's a scrumptious way to use up any parsley that might still be available in the garden:
Creamy Parsley Dressing:
1- 1/2 cup of chopped fresh Italian parsley
3 green onions chopped
1/4 cup fruity olive oil
1 clove garlic minced
generous pinch of salt
generous grinds of fresh black pepper
1/4 teaspoon fish sauce or use 1/2 teaspoon anchovy paste
1 cup fresh plain yogurt -- whole milk is best but low-fat is fine
Blend all together well and enjoy on crunchy greens with sliced cucumber and colored bell peppers strips or over leftover cooked vegetables. A whole meal if you add cold sliced chicken or chilled salmon or shrimp.

1 comment:

Karen Anne said...

My vet actually told me that the little pots of grass (not sure what the plant actually is) that are sold in pet stores are not good for cats, that they irritate their stomachs.

I used to buy small sacrificial pots of catnip seedlings and put bunches on the floor and most of the cats would eat some and roll around in it. (One of my cats had no interest in catnip.)

I don't know if it's possible to grow catnip in the house without its being immediately demolished. Although I understand that it is only when the plant is bruised or cut that the scent is released.

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