I will have to add pictures later, but for those truly interested in the status of our garden:
Radishes have sprouted. Cute little rows of little leaves.
Cabbage has sprouted. I have found a whole mess of cabbage recipes that I am dying to try, so I am excited!
Romaine and arugula are both sprouting up nicely.
Should be delicious over at casa Jenson starting shortly!
Also, we are hoping to have a big announcement for you all reading at home in the next few days. Normally, when people in their twenties say things like "big announcement," I know you all assume the same thing, so I will just go ahead and let you know that I am absolutely not pregnant. The belly is strictly from my deep love of all things food.


Question to all of you gardeners

I love basil. I love it all the time. I have tried to plant it in sunny spots and water it daily and give it worm juice for food (my grandpa is a worm juice farmer) SO WHY DOES MY BASIL KEEP DYING? Help me, please! I just found a new pesto recipe, and I am a good share-r....

Happy Friday!


Aaaaaaaaaaand we're off!

Garden is in! Not all the way, of course: we still need to put in the cucumbers, tomatoes, zuchinni, squash, and eggplant. However, we dug around in the dirt for a few hours on Saturday and Sunday. It took a little extra time, because we had to rip out all of these little tiny trees that had apparently planted themselves in our garden over the winter. After getting the trees and the weeds out and grating our the soil, we were ready to plant. Now, we had treated the soil by adding in some compost a few weeks ago. Tedious, but now it's done!
So far, we have planted: broccoli, onions, kale, potatoes (both red and white, but no sweet potatoes, unfortunately), some more herbs, romaine lettuce, arugula, cabbage, spinach, radishes, and carrots.
And, I might add, looking cute and like it will be delicious.

Oh, and check out our really cool looking rhubarb:

The Jensons


Big endeavors for jardin de Jenson

So, as you may know, this garden thing is in part an effort to green up a little bit, and an effort on Allison's part to channel Laura Ingalls Wilder. But, most of all, we wanted to save money. You know how it is: the economy, the single income thing, the price of food, and so on.
Then, we had a brilliant idea: why just save money when we could MAKE money off of our garden??
Desmond is using his deep knowledge of all things science-y (thank you, Wikipedia, for the free education on everything), and Allison will be managing our new crop: corn. We are plowing up everything we can and just growing corn. Grass? out. Trees? out. Herbs, flowers? out, out. Veggies? Well, if it's corn, it's in. Otherwise, out. We will be plowing up the concrete if the landlord okays it, and then: corn driveway.
Here are some of the many things we will be making with our corn; popcorn, delicious movie treat; cornmeal, mmmm cornbread; Corn starch, for thicker gravy; Xanthan gum, for spelling bees. Sorbitol, food additive to many of our favorite non-expiring treats; Hominy, corn soaked in lye, yum; Maltodextrine, no explaination needed; High fructose corn syrup, for the people in those commercials; Corn mash, for our moonshine makin' side business; Gum arabic, which I am pretty sure is in Snapple; Dextrose, which you probably use with the maltodextrine; Corn cob pipes, in case Frosty comes to town; tetrahydrofurfuryl alcohol, used to make paint and varnish (who knew?); monosodium glutamate, better known as MSG; and ethanol, which makes me feel better about my Escalade.
Hmmm... I don't know if we have a future in satire. Hopefully, Big Veggie doesn't find out about our lil blog.

All April fools joking aside, we both love delicious corn on the cob in the summer, but we choose to get it from the farmer's market, because it isn't the best for your soil. Interesting to learn what all shows up in the stuff we now consider food, isn't it?
Did you hear/ see any truly hilarious April fools jokes today?

Wishing you a corn by-product free evening,
the Jensons

Awesome image by Natalie Dee.