Get a load of my new bar – my salad bar!

home grown salad

It’s almost lunch time and I’ve decided it’s time to harvest some ingredients for a homegrown salad. You can see my pot-fresh ingredients in clockwise order: The nasturtiams give the salad a peppery bite, fresh basil (a must for any self respecting salad maker), lettuce, spicey oregano and curly parsley.

The only thing missing is a big red juicy tomato – but I’m working on that – have seven tomato plants tucked around the yard in the few locations exposed to direct sunlight. Today I must settled for the ridiculously expensive “on the vine” varieties from Jiggly Wiggly. They’re worth every cent.

Be assured I’m not eating the hostas spilling over the border beyond the bar. On second thought, they might add a nice touch. I will google them and make sure they’re not poisonous. It would be so embarrassing to have my obit read that I expired from hosta ingestion.

Later………strolled out front to check on the progress of my tomatoes and lo and behold I have three tomatoes on one of the vines! Won’t be long now…

Eat the vine that ate the South

kudzu killer
Kudzu Killer

I’m wondering if they give a Nobel Peace Prize in the category of food. If so, I think I may have it locked up with my solution to the problem of world hunger!

It came to me like a bolt out of the blue as I was driving to Nashville last week to visit my son. It’s a long drive and my mind wandered all over the road as I tried to prevent myself from dying of boredom.

About the time I crossed the Tennessee line I began to notice the kudzu vines that were running rampant over trees, telephone poles and even an occasional house or two. It was almost a beautiful sight to behold. The vine formed mile after mile of bizarre sculptures I renamed “Kudzillas.” If I squinted my eyes slightly, I could make out all kinds of images – a cowboy riding a horse, a green wedding cake – and one even resembled my mother-in-law.”

I once read that kudzillas can grow a foot a day during the summer months traversing a full 60 feet in one growing season. While it’s become Continue reading