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Sunday, June 3, 2012

Look Ma, no weeds!

Ladies and gentlemen, I am in complete disbelief.  I may go as far as to say that my brown thumb, for the first time EVER, may be turning green.

As I wrote in my last post, I am trying out a "lasagna garden" this year -- that is, using nothing but layers of cardboard, paper, grass clippings, kitchen scraps and a layer or two of manure as the planting medium.  I wasn't at all confident in this approach, but with the promise of no weeds, I had to give it a try.  If you recall, I simply started with the weed-bed I had left over from last year and put my first cardboard layer right on top!  No weeding, tilling, nothing.

So what happened?  WELL, I am happy to report that my garden is growing.  I have literally found and pulled THREE weeds (no doubt airborne invaders, as their roots were only in the top layer).  THREE.  In over a month.  I am a believer, and for the first time, I may be able to share some recipes with you in a little while using tomatoes and cucumbers from MY garden (that is, after all, what this blog is really about -- healthy cooking).  I am giddy with excitement!  Check it out!

The photos on the top were taken on May 8th.  The photos on the bottom were taken June 2nd.  Yippee!

I promise you more recipes and cooking tips shortly.  In the meantime, The Svelte Gourmet: A Month of Main Courses cookbook is available at www.thesveltegourmet.com/products.html.  Enjoy!

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