Tangent Gardening "Extras"

Urban Gardening in unnatural heat... Why Not?

Saturday, January 26, 2013

And, Let There Be Rain?

Saturday Rains!

   Well, This is one reason why I want to be in the garden today, I thought this hummingbird was very happy to model for the camera! He posed for me in summer... He is spectacular huh?

Here I am, Where have you been?

Winking for the camera!

Where's my close up shot ?

This is my best side!

     One favorite flower of the hummingbird, is this one, "Penta".. I like using these flowers, but they really don't last...
     When the heat comes in the beginning of March and April, gone like dried out pages of a book...

      Since after I lost a fair amount of my bushes "Orange Jubilee's" that hummers love, I put out my feeder for a replacement... I usually have one out for them but, realizing that the "Orange Jubilee", was providing for them, I thought nature was better...

      So "the family" of hummingbirds made sure the feeder was the best restaurant on their route...

Just in case, for those that really don't know the simple syrup recipe for Hummers....

4 parts water
1 part sugar
Stir to dissolve sugar...

No food coloring, or preservatives... no need...

Store in the fridge,
probably about a week no more,  
and wash throughly the feeder everytime, so to not spread disease...


I have ordered my seeds,  From Burpees...  

Corn, On Deck Hybrid
The first-ever sweet corn you can grow in a container.
Item Number: 61000A - 1 Pkt. (50 seeds)

Carrot, Kaleidoscope Mix
Our exclusive blend of wild colors!
Item Number: 53050A - 1 Pkt. (1000 seeds)

Young leaves used in salads and lemonade.
Item Number: 61481A - 1 Pkt. (200 seeds)

Sunflower, Teddy Bear
Soft, fluffy, cushion-like flowers on shorter
 bushy plants.
Item Number: 35378A - 1 Pkt. (150 seeds)

Cucumber, Lemon
HEIRLOOM. Lemon yellow cucumbers are tender
 and sweet, excellent for salads and pickling.
Item Number: 53561A - 1 Pkt. (50 seeds)

Cucumber, Armenian
Highly ribbed oriental.
Item Number: 62505A - 1 Pkt. (100 seeds)

Tomato, Black Cherry
Plentiful clusters of juicy-sweet deep-red tomatoes
with a blackish hue.
Item Number: 64705A - 1 Pkt.(30 Seeds)

Pepper, Hot, Hungarian Wax
A Mexican favorite that's four to five times hotter
than jalapeño: distinctive pungent flavor.
Item Number: 52944A - 1 Pkt. (100 seeds)

Eggplant, Early Midnight Hybrid
Early, nearly seedless fruits are a gourmet treat
 inside and out.
Item Number: 62400A - 1 Pk.t (30 Seeds)

Nasturtium, Alaska Mix
Colorful, edible nasturtiums tolerate poor soils and
heat or cold.
Item Number: 46920A - 1 Pkt. (50 seeds)

     The excitement is unbearable, I can't wait to plant that corn in a container...

Corn, On Deck Hybrid 
container corn

 If this works for me... The possibilities... Finally! 

Cocktail Garden Time
So the search  is continuing for and cocktails appetizers ...


Midnight Margarita


For Each Serving
2 oz Dark Rum
1 oz  Blue Curacao
½oz Grenadine
4 oz Lime Mix, see below

Lime Mix: Blend Together 1 Cup Lime Juice & 1 Cup Sugar Until Sugar Is Dissolved.

Keep Refrigerated Until Use.


Fill a shaker with ice cubes, add all the ingredients and shake until well blended. Strain into a margarita glass filled with fresh crushed ice.
Helpful Tips:
You must use the exact ratios to result in this deliciously dark margarita that is perfect for any celebration...

What goes with Midnight Margaritas You may ask?

How About

Atomic Buffalo Jalapeño Poppers

Atomic Buffalo Jalapeno Poppers

  • 10 jalapeno peppers
  • 10 bacon slices, cut in half
  • 10 mini sausages or smokies (or 20 if they are very small)
  • 1 cup cream cheese
  • 1 cup grated monterey jack
  • 1 tsp chipotle powder
  • 2 shallots, minced
  1. Slice the jalapenos lengthwise. Using a spoon, remove the seeds and membrane. If using bell peppers, quarter them after they are seeded.
  2. Mix the cream cheese, monterey jack, chipotle powder and minced shallots. Fill the hollowed out portion of the peppers with the cheese mixture.
  3. Place the smokie on top of the cream cheese. Wrap the half slice of bacon around the jalapeno. If the bacon is not staying tightly wrapped, it may be necessary to use a toothpick to hold it in place.
  4. Smoke the ABTs in the smoker, set at 225F, for 2-3 hours, or until the bacon is browned
*To cook on the grill: Cook on a medium heat grill until the jalapeno is tender and the bacon is browned. Keep the lid covered while cooking. 
* To cook in the oven: Bake the ABT’s in the oven, set at 425F, for 20-30 minutes or until the bacon is browned.

Sunday, January 20, 2013


 From Life to....

 The recent desert freeze destroyed everything that Tangent was...
 I can't tell you how uninterested I am in this garden now...  Every time I walk out to evaluate it, I just sigh, turn around with head hanging low. 

Of course, I walk back inside and I feel the urge of renewal nudging me...  What is it about Renewal that keeps coaxing me? 

Is it the excitement of not knowing, or Is it the excitement of knowing? 

Is this the feeling of burning desire to create?  Because, it is flaming, right Now!
Transformation (A.K.A: Death)

eggplant, my favorite...


My blood thirsty bougainvillea( frost to this is like the sun to a vampire...)

The white eggplant.. with what was left on it, I didn't really know about!

Lettuce seems to be ok a little wilted but ok

Down Pepper Row.

     But desire or not, I am contemplating a new plan for the spring plantings, I realized that it is in the realm of Renewal!  I'm not sure how I feel about it.. I mean I have my concepts of what I want to do for the Cocktail Garden, but I never thought about what I wanted for the vegetable garden.

     Now! Do I want a Theme for it? Like only certain things, for example, a Salsa Garden, a Pizza Garden? or what?  I seems as if I make more salsa than anything, so that would be the likely thing Right? But would that just be expected?

     Isn't renewal another way of creating different experiences?  When I think of "Renewal" I think of reaching a new front, a point that is like the WOW Factor!

     I am devising a layout that will be a little different, and I hope to be able to achieve it, as most know... Mother Nature always does it her way, never my way, always her way, a little "Alice in Wonderland" coming out of me... My favorite childhood book... Always feeling like screaming "Off with their head".... Just in the garden you know...

     But when I finally get to the achievement point, Mother Nature steps in...  I guess that's all good, what is life with out transformation! It's just that I would like to have couple moments more of the whew, or awe factor...

Remnants of the Freak Freeze!!  

     Cocktail Garden area in dire straits.... We did all we could to keep the damage as less as possible, but it didn't curb much...

     The Cocktail Garden has been compromised too... much to my dismay I think that my garden won't be a secret for awhile, so I hope that HOA, won't have some sort of hissy fit for having seating and pots of pretty plants visible... Because that will just completely SUCK!!!!!!

     But the Coarse still migrates on... I am finding all kinds of Cocktail drinks and finger foods to have with friends...

Drinks and Eats to enjoy....

Cucumber-Rosemary Gin and Tonic

Cucumber-Rosemary Gin and Tonic – Recipe


2 oz of Gin
5 oz of Tonic Water
3 cucumber slices
1 sprig of rosemary
1 wedge of lime
Soda Water

How to make Cucumber-Rosemary Gin and Tonic

Place the cucumber slices at the bottom of the highball glass. Squeeze lime juice into glass and slightly muddle the cucumber. Add sprig of rosemary and fill highball glass with ice. Add Gin, tonic, and finish off with a splash of soda water. If you prefer a less sweet cocktail, add less tonic water and more soda water. Enjoy!


Zucchini Parmesan Crisps

How To Make   Zucchini Parmesan Crisps
adapted from Ellie Krieger's recipe in The Food You Crave: Luscious Recipes for a Healthy Life
  • 1 lb. zucchini or squash (about 2 medium-sized)
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan (heaping)
  • 1/4 cup Panko breadcrumbs (heaping)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • freshly ground pepper, to taste
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line two baking sheets with foil and spray lightly with vegetable spray.
Slice zucchini or squash into 1/4 inch-thick rounds. Toss rounds with oil, coating well.
In a wide bowl or plate, combine breadcrumbs, Parmesan, salt and pepper.
Place rounds in Parmesan-breadcrumb mixture, coating both sides of each round, pressing to adhere. The mixture will not completely cover each round, but provides a light coating on each side.
Place rounds in a single layer on baking sheets. Sprinkle any remaining breadcrumb mixture over the rounds.
Bake for about 22 to 27 minutes, until golden brown. (There is no need to flip them during baking -- they crisp up on both sides as is.)


 I would for myself add a small hint of rosemary.... too...


Happy Gardening...

Sunday, January 6, 2013


      A question was thrown out in an interview I've read, and it made me really think! I mean, really think, it bothered me to no end...  referring this question towards Gardening, (mainly @ Tangent).

     Why are you doing this?  (What a question, why do anything right? But, this one really made me restless.) I felt like I was five again, asking all the questions, trying to get the answers from my elders...
When that vision drifted, I envisioned myself as the elder, trying to answer these endless "ummm" questions, like the famous question that any child or my girls asked, "Why is the sky blue?" My response, I'm sure any thinking parent would say, Go ask Daddy!..... (or Mommy!)


      Well, I have thought about this before and all the puffy and simple reasons came up first!
Like, it's a hobby, I grow my own vegetables, it's quiet time,  it will be done, or die tryin', etc.... (there are a couple more but anyway!)

     I don't know why I became so engrossed on this thought! Maybe it's because it connects to the theory of anything I do in project style, I never complete.

     As the weather starts to put itself in check I can start back on some of last years projects, see if I can finish them . Or maybe any of my new thoughts or ideas, I will make sure to finish...

     Like this one, where my shed was going to become a type of green house, I had lamps and shelving and workspace all ready to use and couldn't bring myself to go in there to do anything.. I guess, the element of atmosphere is most important too.. Plus, well it was a shed, not a work space!

     Which comes project "cocktail garden" or whatever it becomes... I can vision sitting there with some unwinding old fashioned drink and taking in the atmosphere... It doesn't seem to unattainable... but as other things, like budgets, and time get in the way, of course ...
     I really plan on getting this particular project done, if anything to have a template for the next cocktail, garden I intend to create, when a slower pace of life starts calling... somehow I can hear a faint whisper in the wind telling me it's almost time... as I hear this, I hear the inner voice saying, I am so not prepared... I am ready for it, but, am not prepared...

Possibly having one of these might help.... (or not)

Vodka Thyme Cocktail

Vodka Thyme Cocktail Recipe
  • fresh thyme
  • 2 oz. vodka
  • 1 oz. fresh lime juice
  • 1 oz. sugar
  • ice
Fill a cocktail glass with ice and set aside.  Muddle 3 or 4 thyme sprigs in a cocktail shaker, then add ice, vodka, lime juice and sugar.  Close shaker and shake vigorously.  Strain over the ice in the glass and garnish with another thyme sprig.

By  http://theframedtable.com/2012/07/vodka-thyme-cocktail/
 *Also having other delish cocktails to refer to!
     As it stands, I am accumulating drink recipes and maybe even little tasty treats to go along with them... All based on what is growing and of course or what is available in the area...

    So based on the Question I asked!  What am I doing this for?    Still working on a theory,  but coming to the ultimate answer which could change as time keeps marching,

     So far, for the simple pleasures... like atmosphere and good company with drinks...

     Maybe asking yourself this question once in awhile puts it in to perspective...
 I think I will ask this question a lot just to keep a perspective! lol

       What are you doing it for?
Happy Gardening!

Friday, January 4, 2013

To Resolute or not to Resolute!


     A burning dislike of mine, is to have resolutions. Should I be this way?  I mean it is a good thing to work towards and have goals. RIGHT?
     What happens if the goals aren't reached?  I do feel like I let myself down, and not to mention anyone else down that know and support me, if not reached... I have such a huge list if I were to make resolutions..

    1)  Complete the cocktail garden
    2)  Tangent revamped
    3)  Eat healthier
    4)  Work out more
    5)  Tighten my spending
    6)  Keep my journals
    7)  Write a cookbook (?) Bahhhhaaa)
    8)  Get a more agreeable job
    9)  Be more forgiving   
  10)  Etc.... etc... etc...
Future Cocktail Garden!!!
        Well, I can keep going all day long, I mean who couldn't? My worst is to not complete my projects...  So really, if I were to choose to have a resolution...  I would probably say or go with, the thought of.... Be braver in the garden, I really get phobic about what will grow, what makes me think will grow and what won't... Like my row of carrots, peas, so many other unnamed under accomplishments...

      I have also come  across  a 20 question reflection list... I mean should I even try to remember what really happened through the months of 2012?  That would be  # 6) keep my journals!
Where I wouldn't really have to reflect so much.

      All in all I can say that the greatest thing that we decided on was to stay put in our Lakeview home.  

      Until, Yep! I said UNTIL, the deal we couldn't pass up, came at us of course at the most inconvenient time.
I don't know about you, but that is the life we lead everything comes at the most dreadful moments.  
      We have decided to purchase a nice little lot in Northern AZ, In the town of Show Low... Yes, we did it and now I have a challenge waiting for me when the time comes to move there, not for awhile, thank goodness, my mind is already overwhelmed.

*The true meaning of resolution for me!*

      So back to the original question, "To Resolute or Not to Resolute?"  For me, I think that I have a better thought. I feel looking back keeps me from moving forward, simple reason of all the hind-sights, and what ifs....
      Moving forward and be grateful for how far I've come, even if it is a step or two... It is a step or two Right? That accomplishes something!

     To all those who visits Tangent Gardening,  I hope that you have the most incredible coming year so much that it treats you with love and joy, plus some!

     Thank you for reading and visiting, 

Happy 2013 New Year!!! 

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