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Blog entry by Dave Bardin posted 03-22-2012 01:49 AM 614 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: A little taller and a lot of weeding needed. Part 4 of Home garden series Part 5: Ground breaking »

Well in the next week or two I will be breaking ground again for the garden. Yesterday I mowed the tall weeds and mulched the winter leaves up. We just got about 2 inches of rain and that will hamper me getting the tiller out. I will get some pictures before and after the ground breaking. I hope everyone has had a good winter. This winter was the warmest I can ever remember. And last summer was hot. It was so hot that the wife and I left some unpicked fruit in the garden. We still have a fair bit canned in the pantry though. I may not plant as much this year and spread the rows out a bit.
Well thank you for your time.
DAVE

-- No mater where you go there you are ~dave~



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MsDebbieP

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posted 03-22-2012 09:06 AM

gardening—always adapting, learning, changing…
:)
Good luck with the tilling.

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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Dave Bardin

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posted 03-22-2012 12:18 PM

Thank you Ms. Debbie

-- No mater where you go there you are ~dave~

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Radicalfarmergal

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posted 03-23-2012 05:33 AM

And wheat! Don’t forget to leave room for growing wheat so you can grow and mill your own flour. : )

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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Dave Bardin

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posted 03-23-2012 11:20 AM

Dont tell my wife that she will have me doing it;)

-- No mater where you go there you are ~dave~

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Radicalfarmergal

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posted 03-27-2012 08:53 PM

:D Should I mention that buttermilk waffles, made from freshly ground wheat, taste heavenly?

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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Dave Bardin

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posted 03-28-2012 02:47 AM

Now that’s making my mouth water.

-- No mater where you go there you are ~dave~

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jroot

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posted 03-28-2012 12:20 PM

SuperDav721, Best of luck with the gardening. I trust you’ll be “on the land” soon, and planting, and then waiting for the little guys to show their cheery first leaves.

RFG, I think this calls for a recipe. Buttermilk waffles does indeed sound heavenly.

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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Dave Bardin

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posted 03-28-2012 04:21 PM

Thank you jroot, I hope to start tilling this afternoon before the rain sets in this weekend.

-- No mater where you go there you are ~dave~

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Radicalfarmergal

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posted 03-28-2012 08:36 PM

Jroot, I just modified the whole wheat waffle recipe that came with my Villa Ware waffle iron so very long ago:

Whole Wheat Waffles

3 eggs, room temperature, separated (originally asks for two, but I prefer the extra fluffiness)
2 1/4 cups freshly ground whole wheat (originally 1.5 cups whole wheat, 1/2 cup bran and 1/4 cup germ)
1 1/2 cup home made buttermilk (originally asks for milk)
1/8 teaspoon gray sea salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda (originally asks for 2 teaspoons baking powder)
2 tablespoons maple syrup (originally asks for honey)
4 tablespoons home made butter, melted and cooled

Beat egg whites in a small bowl until stiff and set aside. In a medium/large mixing bowl, mix together the dry ingredients and set aside. Combine egg yolks, buttermilk, maple syrup and cooled melted butter. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients, mixing until just blended. Fold in the beaten egg white until just mixed. Do not over beat batter.

I think the real secret is the crunchy, nutty, rich taste that comes from freshly ground wheat, using real buttermilk and fresh backyard eggs. The maple syrup comes from a local farmer with whom I trade eggs for syrup. He even taps the old sugar maple tree we can see from our kitchen window. I have a theory. If I use fresh, healthy ingredients, even the simplest of recipes turns out delicious.

Best of all, I have found a farmer in Barre Massachusetts who grows his own wheat and sells the berries so I no longer have to buy grain that was grown in the Midwest and had to be shipped here.

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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posted 03-28-2012 09:08 PM

Thanks, RFG. I might just try it tomorrow morning.

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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MsDebbieP

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posted 03-28-2012 09:20 PM

aren’t you amazing Ms. Robin!!!

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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Iris43

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posted 03-28-2012 09:22 PM

This recipe sounds very much like the waffles I used to make for my children. I couldn’t make enough to keep up with them. LOL

If there did happen to be a couple left over, they were great warmed in the toaster.

-- 'To plant a Garden is to believe in Tomorrow'

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jroot

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posted 03-29-2012 12:53 PM

Well, RFG, I tried the waffles this morning. Although I did not have freshly ground whole wheat ( so I used regular whole wheat flour ), I have to say that they were amazing. The recipe is definitely a keeper. There is a wonderful nutty flavour – possibly from the real maple syrup and whole wheat blend.

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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