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Come along with me as I journal about my latest cooking and gardening adventures. Discover what grows in my zone five garden, and see what new recipes I try from my cookbook collection each week.



As I share recipes and information from my kitchen, I invite readers to comment and share ideas along with me in this blog. I am looking to increase followers to my blog, so that I may learn more about cooking and gardening.



Since moving to Midland, Michigan, I have been reading and researching many cooking journals, cookbooks and collected recipes from the past thirty years. Organizing pictures of gardens I enjoy has also been a joy for me, as I continue to learn about garden design and horticulture.

angel food cakes

angel food cakes
this kitchen is seasoned with love

Monday, May 16, 2011

spring daffodils and tulips

when the weather finally warms up in Michigan, i am energized to walk in my garden and begin the spring clean-up.  first, clearing the garden beds of mulched leaves that were placed in the fall for winter plant protection.  next, i use a heart hoe to gently stir the soil from being compacted with many inches of snow for months.

soon, my bulbs begin to emerge from the soil, and with a little bit of rain and the warm sun, they begin to become a welcome sight.  these yellow daffodils were purchased from my garden club last year and were given a little splash of bulb food as they began to develop their leaves.

these pink tulips and purple grape hyacinths are within my garden fence and bloomed a couple of weeks later adding color and contrast to the many green perennials that are growing for this summer season.

i like to mix bulbs within my perennial garden, my shade garden, and my borders.  throughout the spring, i enjoy seeing a solid splash of color to brighten the yard.

each spring i add about 1/2 inch of composted manure to top dress the garden and the beds.  i have found that this little bit of compost adds a wonderful burst of nourishment to my plants.

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