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CabbageRemember the Cabbage Patch Kids? Me too! I’m growing cabbage this year and every time I walk past the cabbage patch I think of the Cabbage Patch Kids. I can’t seem to get those cute little images out of my mind.

Last year, my cabbage patch did not do well. I rotated my crops this year and so the cabbage is now located in a completely different area of the garden. It is doing very well in the new location. Last year, I grew lettuce where the cabbage is growing now and the lettuce produced moderately well. Honestly, this year the cabbage is doing better in this location than the lettuce did last year.

My husband and I enjoy coleslaw, so it is only natural that we grow cabbage. In our garden, we also grow onion and carrots. We pick those and add them to the coleslaw. We make coleslaw that doesn’t have a lot of ingredients and is quick to make.

We like to shred the cabbage and carrots very thin and the onions so thin you can almost see through the slices. The texture of these thinly prepared veggies, creates a dance on the tongue that makes this dish fun to eat.

You can serve this vegetable combination with Ranch Dressing and a little cracked pepper and it will taste divine.

We like a vinegar based slaw and more than that, we like to make our own dressing because then we know what’s in it.

D & M’s Vinaigrette Coleslaw

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup white vinegar
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper
  • ¼ onion, thinly sliced
  • ½ cabbage, shredded
  • 1 cup carrots, shredded

Instructions:

  1. Place vinegar, sugar, oil, salt, and pepper into a small bowl. Whip with a fork until blended well. Set this dressing aside.
  2. Place onion, cabbage, and carrots into a large bowl. Toss until the veggies are distributed well.
  3. Pour dressing over veggies. Toss until veggies are well-coated with the dressing.

That’s it!

One time, I made this coleslaw without the sugar and it tasted alright, but it didn’t have the flavor punch that I expect to have when I eat coleslaw. So, while I don’t like the added sugar, I do like the added flavor. I also tried making the dressing with a sugar substitute; that didn’t work either. So now, while I’d prefer not to have the added sugar, I put the sugar in the mix. Flavor wins! It’s a compromise I’m willing to live with.

I hope you enjoy your coleslaw.

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Grow Veggies101I just launched my new website called GrowVeggies101. The reason I developed GrowVeggies101 is because my husband and I had differing opinions on how to grow vegetables. We had seed packs, we had plantlings, we had raised garden ideas, and we had watering ideas, but what we didn’t have was any idea of how to grow vegetables.

We read an insane number of articles and blogs about growing vegetables and we watched an insane number of videos trying to learn how to grow vegetables in our back yard. What we discovered was that many of the articles, blogs, and videos did not deliver on their promise to show us how to grow vegetables, so we started keeping track of the blogs and videos that we found helpful. We compiled them into one place for easy reference. Realizing how valuable our pile of reference was to us, we thought it would be great to share this information with others. So, we created a website and called it GrowVeggies101.

GrowVeggies101 is a compilation of blogs and videos that show gardeners how to plant, grow, and harvest vegetables. Vegetables are listed alphabetically. Each page is dedicated to one vegetable with blogs on the left side and videos on the right side. So, depending on which way a gardener prefers to learn, they have a choice that suits their preference.

All blogs and all videos are used with permission through a web curator process. Furthermore, all blogs and videos are read, viewed, and approved prior to being added to the website.

My husband and I use our own website as a reference guide to growing vegetables and we hope others will find the website helpful, too.

When you need to know how to grow vegetables for your back yard, visit GrowVeggies101.

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I discovered a wonderful website that helps backyard gardeners share the extra fruit and vegetables that grow in abundance in their yards. Instead of letting produce go to waste, gardeners share the bounty of their harvest. Click here to read more.

Website Helps Gardeners Share Produce From their Backyard Garden

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Snakes – Dangerous or Not?

When I moved to the country, one of the first creatures to greet me was a garden snake. I am not ashamed to say that when I saw it I screamed like a little girl. But, after reading this article about snakes, I have a new appreciation for snakes. I learned that most snakes are harmless and are happy if they don’t come in contact with us. To learn more about snakes, click here.

Is a Garden Snake Dangerous?

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