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What’s Blooming This Week

What’s Blooming This Week

Lisa Eirene

About Lisa Eirene Lisa lost 110 pounds through calorie counting and exercise. She swims, bikes, runs, hikes and is enjoying life in Portland, Oregon. Her weight loss story has been featured in First Magazine, Yahoo Health, Woman's Day and Glamour.com.

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  1. Beth @ Beth's Journey

    Wow I am so impressed by your garden!! I wish I had backyard space to do something like that, yet I have such a black thumb it probably wouldn’t end well.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      That’s why I planted so much. I always had a black thumb too and wasn’t expecting anything to grow!

  2. Becky

    My garden is going crazy in the heat! I can’t keep up with it (or the weeds)! This is my first year planting a garden, and I find myself really enjoying it. I’m quite attached to those little plants!

    Also, 75 miles is quite the accomplishment. Don’t be too disappointed; it’s better to downgrade now and finish strong than to get injured pushing through something you won’t enjoy. I may or may not be speaking from experience. 🙂

    1. Lisa Eirene

      I am too. It’s very rewarding!

      And you are right: I’d much rather do something I enjoy than push myself to do the 100 and not be able to do it.

  3. Eleonora

    Great job with your garden! If you think there’s to much salad, just eradicate some plants (possibily the weakest-looking ones), and leave moore room for the others.
    To harvest zucchini, simply cut it when it “starts”: you may have noticed that there is a sort of stem where the actual zucchini grows from the plant. Leave the stem and take the zucchini.
    I prefer to harvest very small zucchini, they taste sweeter and I can use the flower, too. If you remove the flower when it’s still blooming, the zucchini won’t grow any bigger.
    Frittata and pancakes with zucchini flowers are delicious, not to mention fried zucchini flower! But you can also chop them up and stir-fry them with zucchini. Just remember to remove the inner pistil!

  4. Lori

    Pretty flowers! If we had space, I would do veggies. One thing you may want to watch is that rabbits and squirrels don’t get those squash blossoms. They love the blossoms. Maybe some wire mesh over them would be a good idea.

    I go out every day for 15 minutes and do weeding and deadheading. That helps keep it under control. It’s never totally weed free, but at least 85% under control – and mulching helps a lot. I tend to do it either on my lunch break or in the evening after dinner. It’s a nice to just go out and see what’s happening up close.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      We do have wild bunnies. I haven’t seen them near the raised beds yet and there’s no munch marks..I’m just waiting to see if that happens.

  5. Lisa

    For the zucchini – use a knife to detach it from the stem. The zucchini will grow to baseball bat size very quickly, harvest on the early side.

    It’s so exciting to see the orange blooms and then the zucchini growing out 🙂

  6. Carbzilla

    No shame in 75 miles, you guys! Way to go.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      There is definitely no shame in 75. I would be happy with that number.

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