An Alameda Garden: Pumpkin Again--100-ft. Diet Challenge Meal #3

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Pumpkin Again--100-ft. Diet Challenge Meal #3

There still isn't too much growing in the backyard that's edible, so I'm continuing to explore the wonders of homegrown pumpkins.

This has been a busy week, so I kept it simple: pumpkin pancakes. Basically, I adapted a multigrain pancake recipe by leaving out the oil and adding in about 3/4 of a cup of pumpkin puree. With the addition of some pumpkin pie spice and some organic maple syrup, it made for a pretty tasty breakfast.

I'm looking forward to the time that I can start harvesting something else from the garden. I planted swiss chard seeds several weeks ago, but they are still very small seedlings. I've never grown swiss chard before, but it seems to me that they should be growing faster than that. I've tried giving them fish fertilizer, but it doesn't seem to have helped. Any advice on how to speed them up? Maybe I should dig them up and keep them in the mini-greenhouse until they're bigger?

As soon as we get a break in the rain, I'm going to head to the nursery and see what's available in six-packs. I'm not sure I want to wait for all my seeds to grow up before I add anything else to the 100-ft. diet menu!

Read about last week's meal here.


  1. Anonymous9:25 AM

    Claire, don't move the swiss chard. It usually takes longer than you think it should to get going, but it loves the kind of weather I guess you have right now. hang in there!
    Laurie, another 100 ft Dieter

  2. What an intriguing recipe.....if only I would take the time to cook anything for breakfast!
    Nice blog, love your flowers shots.


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