Square foot gardening

I mentioned before that we’d decided to try growing some vegetables this year using the square foot gardening method.

Over the last few weeks we’ve been preparing our raised bed, well half of it, for the new garden. On Saturday we finally got the dirt mix into the bed and the strips nailed on to indicate where the “square feet” are (ok some of them aren’t that square, and they’re not necessarily a foot – but close enough right?)

The dirt is a mixture of three things – peat moss, compost, and vermiculite – a third of each. We mixed it up on a tarp, which worked surprisingly well. You dump all the ingredients on one end of the tarp, then pick up two corners of the tarp and walk towards the other end of the tarp. As you shift the tarp, the stuff mixes. The dirt is just 6 inches deep laid over the top of landscaping cloth, and the idea is that with this fresh dirt, we won’t get too many weeds. I like the sound of that!

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Next we have to figure out what we’re going to grow. Definitely some herbs, lettuce, and squash. Perhaps we’ll try cauliflower and brocolli or some other green vegetables too. We’ll have to see what’s available.

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Coconut Berry Ice Cream

I stumbled across this recipe for ice cream and had to try it – yum! It doesn’t taste at all like coconut milk, and I love the fact that you can make just enough for two servings (we stretched it to three servings tonight). And it’s paleo, primal, and vegan.

1/4 cup frozen mango
1/2 cup frozen mixed berries (I used blueberries)
1/2 cup coconut milk
1 tsp vanilla
1 tbsp cocoa

Blend it with a hand blender until mixed, then eat.

Credit goes to Brock Brown at My Paleo Life!