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Salsa Verde, Thrifty Finds, Garden Plot

I tried an excellent Salsa Verde recipe from Simply Recipes. The salsa was a cinch to make. I broiled the tomatillos in my toaster oven and then you add everything to the food processor. I’d definitely make this recipe again. It was super tasty with chips and also equally delicious inside our black bean and rice burritos.

I should also add that the recipe made more than what is pictured. I usually portion food out for other meals when I’m done making it. I set aside some salsa verde for our lunches in Tupperware containers (which don’t leak like other containers do).

Salsa Verde

I found a great vase at the thrift store for $4. It’s hard to judge the scale of the vase from the picture but the vase is 15″ tall. It’s just another way to liven up the rental and these drab beige walls.

Thrifty Finds - Vase

I stopped by the community garden over the weekend. They have all the plots staked out and there are over 100 plots! We’re still deciding on what to grow and figuring out the best garden configuration. In our previous garden, we grew several varieties of tomatoes, hot peppers, colored peppers, pickling cucumbers, zucchini and yellow squash, beans, okra, lettuce, various herbs (cilantro, basil, etc…) and radishes. Speaking of radishes, last year we grew Fire and Ice Radishes for the first time and I definitely want to grow them again. They were so good!!! Hardly any made it into salads because we ate them all as snacks. LOL

Here’s a view of some of the community garden plots. Each plot is 20′ x 20′. The pink flags you can see show the plot number and are located in the middle of each plot.

Garden Plot

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  • Sara April 16, 2007, 2:38 pm

    Scott is pushing me to put in a garden this year but I am so nervous. I don’t have a green thumb, I have a black thumb! It sounds like your thumbs must be bright green!

  • Aurora's Mom April 16, 2007, 2:38 pm

    I can’t wait to start my veggie garden too…if it would only get warm here in Southern Ontario, I could go out and clear out last year’s leftover mess (which I should have done in the fall..hehe) The only thing I don’t like about having a garden is the weeding ;o)

    Is there a way to keep from stepping on other people’s plots? Is there some sort of pathway in between them so you can step around them?

    I guess one of the good things about gardening as a community is that you can meet other people who are growing different things and perhaps do a trade up!

  • bazu April 16, 2007, 5:24 pm

    Oooh, all this gardening talk is getting me very anxious for summer! Yay, produce!

  • pinknest April 16, 2007, 8:34 pm

    i love salsa verde on enchiladas. i haven’t had it in a while so now i’m ready!

  • atxvegn April 16, 2007, 9:14 pm

    The garden will be great! Have you ever grown lettuces? I can’t grow anything so I will just watch your garden grow! I love salsa verde, with lots of cilantro.

    Some of our Texas bluebonnets would be pretty in your new vase.

  • vegandiva April 17, 2007, 8:44 am

    Sara, try starting small with a container garden. Things like tomatoes and peppers are easy to grow in containers. I think you’d like the book You Grow Girl, which also has a companion web site.

    Aurora’s Mom, I hear ya about the weeding. It’s always such a pain. My dad tried to help me with weeding one year ….he ended up pulling out the cilantro. LOL

    In the picture, on the far right, the paths are between the white posts. They are suppose to put down some mulch so the paths are easily marked. They just plowed the lots last week. We have a pretty good plot location because we aren’t far from the water spigot.

    I’m curious about the other gardeners at the community garden. I hope they’re friendly. It would be awesome if I could do a veggie trade!!!

    Bazu, I’m with you, I can’t wait for summer and all the fresh produce and berries it brings. I just hope the weather decides to cooperate soon.

    Pinknest, salsa verde on enchiladas sounds great. I’m making more salsa verde today. My local market had tomatillos on sale for only 59¢ a pound so I bought several pounds..enough for two or three batches. Yum!

    Diann, we’ve grown a few types of lettuce before…mainly leaf and mesclan salad mix. Unfortunately, the bunnies eat most of the lettuce but it tends to keep them away from the other plants. Hopefully with the community garden, the bunnies will eat other people’s lettuce (gee, that sounds kind of mean, LOL).

    Oh, Texas bluebonnets would be so gorgeous in my new vase. I wish I had some locally. I’ve been searching for some sort of blue flower to put in the vase…real or do I dare even say it…fake, er…realistic, that sounds better. 🙂

  • scottishvegan April 18, 2007, 11:52 am

    I would love a veggie garden but I am terrible even with house plants so I am not sure if I could keep anything alive! I look forward to seeing how your garden progresses!