Re-Establishing Roots, Let’s get Started

My Intention is to turn Re-Establishing Roots, Inc into a Non-Profit. And I am getting tired of waiting! Let’s get Started…The rest will fall into place…

First up is my Donation Page. I just posted yesterday, November 1, Keep checking to see how I am doing. Fingers crossed.

Let's get started Re-Establishing Roots

Click the above image to go to the page. It gives details on our immediate needs. Donate, Share, Explore….

My Followers are few, but Friends are many…I do not know about you, but I am getting tired of waiting.

Let’s get this thing started.

Everything else will fall into place.

This is the first Draft for the first post for Re-Establishing Roots. It will fit nicely into one of our planned projects. We are all about the fix.

In order to find the fix, you need to identify the cause….

We are all about the cause.

Our Cause: Re-Establishing Roots for a Healthful Community through Gardening.

I am currently working on Planting Seeds to Sprout a few Community Gardens for Spring of 2015.

Let's get Started Re-Establishing Roots

This is Betsy & Me, disheveled at best…

Betsy heads up the Patton Project. A Garden Project in Patton Middle School. I had a personal tour, and I was Wowed! With the mission of Community Gardens in Perkiomen Valley, I will be presenting the idea within days of this post. At the very least, I am hoping for permission to start a Community Garden on school property. Hopefully we can rally support.

To view pictures of my visit click my nose, or anywhere else on the image.

I will continue to prepare for the launch of Re-Establishing Roots, asking for your support every now and then. Jump in where you can.

I am so excited!

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Roasting Corn Barefoot Style…

Roasting Corn Barefoot Style…with a few extras thrown in…

One of my favorites is White Corn from a Local Produce Stand. This corn used came from Barry Davis Produce Stand

Roasting Corn Barefoot Style: The Barefoot Garden

Clean corn by removing outer husks. Trim top and bottom off. Run water into the top end.

Roasting Corn Barefoot Style: The Barefoot Garden

Roast @ 400º for 30 minutes.

Roasting Corn Barefoot Style: The Barefoot Garden

Cut off end, hold it by the top and see if you can get the ear to fall out. My son can do it, me, not so much. I end up peeling it from the bottom.Roasted corn is much easier to husk than raw, Make sure you protect your hands from the heat.

Roasted Corn Barefoot Style: The Barefoot Garden

Looks like I started without you…

While the oven is hot, I like to roast as many thing as I can fit in the oven. Here are Grape Tomatoes fresh from The Barefoot Garden. Place them in an ovenproof glass dish, and drizzle with Organic Olive Oil…

Roasting Corn Barefoot Style: The Barefoot Garden

Roast @ 400º for 30 minutes. If you want to caramelize them more, add 10 extra minutes…

Roasting Corn Barefoot Style: The Barefoot Garden

 I also found room for 2 Sweet potatoes. Roasted @ 400º for 45 minutes.

I then place the Roasted Sweet Potatoes in the refrigerator and slice them cold…Tastes just like Pumpkin Pie. Try it…You will be pleasantly surprised.

Roasting Corn Barefoot Style: The Barefoot Garden

 I was also able to Roast Fresh from The Barefoot Garden Beets. And I made Pickled Eggs Barefoot Style…Check out my easy to follow directions here…

Roasted Beets, Barefoot Style…

The Barefoot Garden is doing well…

We managed to get 4 Beets this weekend. Here is what I did with them.

Roasting Beets: Barefoot Style: The Barefoot Garden

 Just picked Beets from The Barefoot Garden, cleaned, roasted, and pickled.

Roasting Beets: Barefoot Style: The Barefoot Garden

Just picked.

Roasting Beets: Barefoot Style: The Barefoot Garden

Beets from The Barefoot Garden
Cleaned and ready for roasting. Wrap them in Aluminum Foil.

Beets from The Barefoot Garden Cleaned and ready for roasting.

Roasted @400º for 40 minutes.

Roasted Beets: Barefoot style

In the meantime I bring eggs to a boil, put the lid on, turn off heat, and let sit for 25 minutes. Then I drain the water and chill them in an ice bath. I believe it makes them easier to peel. Fresh eggs are tough no matter what you do…

Peeled eggs, 4 small roasted Beets, fresh from the Garden sliced, 1/2 Water and 1/2 White Vinegar. In my Gallon Ball Jar. Perfect jar for Pickled Eggs. Thank you Delphi Supply!

Peeled eggs, 4 small roasted Beets, fresh from the Garden, sliced, 1/2 Water and 1/2 White Vinegar. In my Gallon Ball Jar. Perfect jar for Pickled Eggs. Thank you Delphi Supply!

Compost Area @ The Barefoot Garden

While waiting on the tomatoes, it was time to clean up the Compost Area.

Compost Area @ The Barefoot Garden

My daunting task, make the Compost Area blend in with The Barefoot Garden.

Compost Area @ The Barefoot Garden

Remember the pile of sod I had removed from the planting area?

Compost Area @ The Barefoot Garden

This is the Compost Area at its, worst.

Compost Area @ The Barefoot Garden

So I planted Watermelon…One way to keep the weeds down…

Compost Area @ The Barefoot Garden

After laying the cardboard covered in straw, I moved the Mushroom Soil to the pile of sod.

Compost Area @ The Barefoot Garden

An old Galvanized Can is used for kitchen scraps. With the holes punched in the sides and lid, it allows airflow and moisture to aid in the decomposition of the waste. Turning veggie scraps it into Black Gold.

Compost Area @ The Barefoot Garden

At the base of my Kitchen Scrap Bin Creeping Charlie was thriving.

Compost Area @ The Barefoot Garden

The leaf in the center is “normal” compared to the one behind it. The larger leaf was positioned to receive the run off from the kitchen scraps. Nourishment at its finest. Imagine what those fruits and veggies do for you. What I learned from my Creeping Charlie…

Compost Area @ The Barefoot GardenLook how nice.

Baby oh Baby Sugar Watermelon

I almost forgot, Look what we have…A baby Sugar Baby Watermelon…

 

Surrounded by Sunflowers & Sunshine  @  Magic Touch & Her Gardens

Surrounded by Sunflowers & Sunshine @ Magic Touch & Her Gardens

Good Morning.

Wanted to share my wonderful Sunday Morning with you…

Coffee & Computer, to outside surrounded by

Sunflowers and Sunshine!

Sunshine & Sunflowers @ Magic Touch & Her Gardens

First up, Smile. Posted for Sunday Squawk over @ Our Fairfield Home & Garden on Facebook. Love Sunday Squawk! Thank you Barb Rosen for all you do!

Sunshine & Sunflowers over @ Magic Touch & Her Gardens

I am just now getting to enjoy a bowl full of Cherries…Thank you Barb and Denise.

Sunshine & Sunflowers over @ Magic Touch & Her Gardens

I am ready! I hope you enjoy my post!

Surrounded by Sunshine & Sunflowers over @ Magic Touch & Her Gardens

Surrounded by Sunflowers & Sunshine

A much needed respite. I decided to work outside this morning. I had not even realized I hadn’t been enjoying my Garden. Last night reminded me how wonderful it is. My never ending list of stuff to do has kept me away from my patio.

Watching The Barefoot Garden Grow

The Barefoot Garden being one of them…I have completed the Garden, waiting for the Tomatoes to come in. Other than keeping up with watering,  I have made it pretty much maintenance free…Check out my easy to follow posts over @ The Barefoot Garden and follow us on Facebook to get current updates.

Surrounded by Sunshine & Sunflowers @ Magic Touch & Her Gardens

The long shot of the Yellow Honeysuckle. Last night while I was enjoying my dinner from Forno Antico one of our newest places in town, wonderful food, BTW, and wonderful people! I was reminded of what was right outside waiting for me to enjoy. Hummingbirds. A highlight in any Garden. Although the prize goes to Nancy over @ My Small Garden Paradise. Check out her Hummingbird tree pictured here at night… She even posts videos!

Surrounded by Sunshine & Sunflowers  @ Magic Touch & Her Gardens

This is my practice shot. Camera is ready. Now to capture a Hummingbird, in photograph form, my first one! While we are waiting for a Hummingbird let’s look around…

Surrounded by Sunshine & Sunflowers  @ Magic Touch & Her Gardens

To my right I have a Smokebush just starting to show its true color. Salmon…

Surrounded by Sunshine & Sunflowers  @ Magic Touch & Her Gardens

The window box has Red Petunias this year. Although I have plenty of flowers I put up the feeder. It is time to empty it for the summer. I will put it back up come Fall when the flowers start to fade.

Surrounded by Sunshine & Sunflowers  @ Magic Touch & Her Gardens

Through the Looking Glass….if only we could see what is around the corner.

Surrounded by Sunshine & Sunflowers  @ Magic Touch & Her Gardens

And here we have the weeds. I placed that bucket there when I should have pulled them. They would have fit in the bucket at the time. Now they are so tall I will need a Wheelbarrow  to get them out to the Compost bin. At least they provide shelter for the critters. Behind that bucket is the turtle pond. Sad to say I lost the turtles to the horrible Winter ! Along with my hybrid Columbine. I have many plants starting at square one. Among them are Beauty Berries, Butterfly Bushes, the Smokebush out front, and my Fig

Surrounded by Sunshine & Sunflowers  @ Magic Touch & Her Gardens

Here is my Tin-man. A little rusty. He hangs over a much neglected area in the Garden which is slated to become an even better Host Garden for Black Swallowtails. I love Raising Butterflies!

Fennel isn't just for cooking Magic Touch & Her Gardens

Here is the link to my post on Fennel. DIY to grow your own butterflies.

I am almost out of cherries.

Surrounded by Sunshine & Sunflowers  @ Magic Touch & Her Gardens

Last of the Garden…Love my Purple Smokebush!

And this has made it worth it!! My first shots of Hummingbirds for the season. I am so glad I had letters to write. It got me outside sitting down!

Surrounded by Sunshine & Sunflowers  @ Magic Touch & Her Gardens

and…Surrounded by Sunshine & Sunflowers  @ Magic Touch & Her Gardens

Not too bad…I got to enjoy the fruits of my labor…I hope you did too…

Next up?Detox Bath Magic Touch & Her GardensA Detox Bath…

And then…Surrounded by Sunshine & Sunflowers  @ Magic Touch & Her Gardens

Two baby Quilts to finish…I am right on schedule!

Have a wonderful day!

*Update* The Barefoot Garden

As May ended and June jumped in, The Barefoot Garden is proving to be a success, with a few exceptions.

The Barefoot Garden: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly…

Re-Establishing Roots Barefoot Style The Barefoot Garden

The outside of the Garden is ready to Grow…

Check out the Gate: DIY Garden Gate , The Barefoot Garden How to turn an old door into a gate.

The Barefoot Garden ready to GrowThe outside edge of The Barefoot Garden is done. Cardboard and a thick mat of Newspaper were used to cover the sod. I then layered straw on top. It creates a buffer for the Garden.

The Barefoot Garden

Need more planting space? Here are a few things we did @ The Barefoot Garden.

*Update* The Barefoot Garden...Come watch us grow.

Container Gardening at its finest…wait until you see what I did with

A Bathtub,  A Wagon & Buckets….Container Gardening, Barefoot Style

Straw Bale Gardening, Container Gardening, Barefoot Style

The Straw Bales are sprouting: Straw Bale Gardening, Barefoot Style 

Container Gardening, Barefoot Style

Potato Towers are doing well: Potato Tower @ The Barefoot Garden

The Barefoot Garden

Things are starting to Bloom

*Update* The Barefoot Garden

The Tomatoes are starting to flower

*Update* The Barefoot Garden

Borage, an Herb beneficial to Bees…

*Update* The Barefoot Garden

Nasturtium is Blooming. Wouldn’t that look pretty in your salad bowl?

*Update* The Barefoot Garden

Zucchini is doing well

*Update* The Barefoot Garden

Lots of Blueberries…Hopefully we will get them before the birds do…

The Barefoot Garden

And now for the not so good….*Update* The Barefoot Garden

I planted 7 rows of Peas. I placed them at the foot of the beds against the fence. Well this is the only one intact. Some little critter got them.

*Update* The Barefoot Garden

I am planting Marigolds along the edge to deter them. Mint would work better, but it is way to invasive to plant in a veggie garden. Next year the marigolds will be planted sooner.

Next up we have the Cabbage Patch @ The Barefoot Garden

*Update* The Barefoot Garden

Along with all of the veggies in the cabbage family comes Cabbage Whites.

*Update* The Barefoot Garden

One day while working in the Garden, I watched a Cabbage White. It flew over The Cabbage Patch.

*Cabbage White are the only Butterfly considered a pest.

Let me show you why…*Update* The Barefoot Garden

 This is what they do. They lay their eggs on anything in the Cabbage Family. The eggs hatch, and the caterpillars eat your cabbage! I pulled off the ones I could find, fed them to the birds, and they dusted with Diatomaceous Earth.

I planted Onions, Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme. Apparently they don’t work as well as you are led to believe…

diatomaceous

One of the Broccoli plants bolted…maybe I should collect seeds and try again in August.

Last but not least…

*Update* The Barefoot Garden

This is the Eggplant. Not much hope here.

The Barefoot Garden: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly…