Saturday, August 11, 2012

MHR Ep 13 Fall Planting

Hello everyone. I do hope that you had a chance to Listen to Magickal Harvest Radio's show this week. Dawn and I had a great time talking about Fall planting, We learned a great many things about Cool season and overwintering plantings.  So here is a Recap:

What to Grow:

Cool-season vegetables:

Brussels Sprout
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels sprouts 
  • Carrots 
  • Cabbage 
  • Cauliflower 
  • Lettuce
  • Radishes 
  • Rutabaga
  • Spinach


  • Broad Beans
  • Asparagus
  • Peas 
  • Garlic
  • Onions, Spring onions & Shallots
  • Winter Lettuces 
  • Spinach 
  • Spring cabbage

When to Plant:

Good to Know: Estimated Frost Dates by Zone

Zone 3 - Sept 1st - 30th
Zone 4 - Sept 1st - 30th
Zone 5 - Sept 30th - Oct 30th
Zone 6 - Sept 30th - Oct 30th
Zone 7 - Oct 15th - Nov 15th
Zone 8 - Oct 30th - Nov 30th
Zone 9 - Nov 30th - Dec 30th
Zone 10 - Nov 30th - Dec 30th
Zone 11 - Frost Free

Here is a link to the Farmers Almanac Frost Chart for United States
  1. Check out when your last frost date is; In the Boise/Nampa Id  area it ranges about the first week of October.
  2. Check the desired plants length to maturity, then subtract the required days from your frost date. (I would pad a week or two, just in case, unless you are using cold frames or other protection)  Pretty Easy HUH?

Ways to Extend your growing season.

Example of  Cold Frames: Here are a bunch of DIY links

DIY Cloches & Crop Covers.

How to Build a Greenhouse in 1 Hour

A Dash of Magick

Appalachian Folklore: (Thank you everyone for all the folklore shared on the web..there are to many of you to list! but our thanks is great)

The Weather
  • After you hear the first fall cricket, it will be 6 weeks until frost.
  • If squirrels gather nuts after sundown in October, it will be a hard winter.
  • The first three days of each new quarter will determine the weather for that quarter. For example, the first three days of January will indicate the weather for January, February and March. The first three days of April will determine the weather in April, May and June. The first three days of July will determine July, August and September, and the first three days of October determines the weather for October, November and December. A quarter starts on the first day of the month following a solstice
  • If the first week in August is uncommonly hot, the coming winter will be snowy and long.
  • If the first frost hasn’t occurred before the full moon in October, then there won’t be a frost until the full moon in November.
  • If you see a ring around the moon, and it has stars inside the ring, that will tell you how many days until there is a big storm.

  • Gardens do better if seeds are planted on even-numbered days of the month.
  • Crushing rosemary into a glass of wine will boost mental powers.
  • Conduct most of your garden chores during the waxing of the moon. Light nights make light crops: never plant when the moon is full.
  • All above-ground crops should be planted with the new moon.
  • Root crops should be planted under the sign of Taurus for quicker growth.
  • Planting on Friday is bad luck, unless the zodiac sign is right.
  • It's good luck to steal herbs.
  • Beans planted on dark nights will grow the best crops
  • Onions should be planted in the old of the moon (that is waning to dark phase).
  • If two people's hoes hit together, they will work in the same field next year.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

So Munch Mint... recipes...

Quinoa Salad Recipe with Lime + Fresh Mint

This cool summer salad (which just so happens to be vegan and naturally gluten-free). What makes a quinoa salad taste so fabulous? Fresh mint, lime juice and good tasting/quality extra virgin olive oil.

  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 2 tablespoons fruity extra virgin olive oil
  • Juice from 2 limes
  • 2-3 fresh mint sprigs, leaves removed and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves or parsley
  • Sea salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
  • A handful of sweet and ripe cherry or grape tomatoes, quartered
  • 2 tablespoons diced red onion- or use 2 chopped scallions
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
Instructions:First, rinse your quinoa in a sieve (it's tiny so the usual colander might not do).
Cook the quinoa as you would raw rice: boil in 2 and 1/4 to 2 1/2 cups fresh salted water, covered, until all of the water is absorbed. (Dawn’s note here: I prefer to toast my quinoa before boiling it. the toasting gives it a nuttier flavor and also cuts the startchiness...)
Scoop the cooked quinoa into a bowl and add the rest of the ingredients, tossing lightly with a fork until combined.Taste test and adjust seasonings.
(Dawn’s note here: I would add toasted pine nuts to this right before serving for texture and taste! Also, a variation would be to add curry powder for a mediteranean/middle eastern taste treat!)
Cover and chill- the longer, the better. In fact, I think this salad tastes better the second day- so plan ahead and make it the day before.
Makes 4-6 servings.
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