Monday, April 29, 2013

Harvest Monday 4/29/13

It is Harvest Monday at Daphne's Dandelions. Don't forget to check out what others are harvesting right now!
Lettuce, kale, chard, and spinach. Enlarge to see types

Last week I shared my favorite salad ingredients. Here they are. Dh really loves this salad as well, which surprised me a little!


There is nothing in here from my garden sadly, but it is my own concoction that I think is yummy. Homemade meatballs made with homemade Italian bread crumbs with homemade bread and with herbs from my garden...oh I guess it does have something from the garden! Layered with a baked potato, steamed broccoli and spicy beef gravy...oh, one more thing from the garden, hot peppers! Both the herbs and peppers were left over from last year and the year before.

I am really looking forward to these babies!

Blueberry and strawberry plants mingling with the Azaleas! Need to get them covered, bunnies are chewing through this lattice too, to eat my strawberry plants!

Potato bed filling out quite nicely! I plan to plan beans in here today!
Corn waiting to be planted today or tomorrow!

I am filling in the squash and cucumber bed.

Raspberry leaves. I have read that dried raspberry leaves, picked before flowering, can help reduce muscle cramping. I have advanced stage endometriosis and I am going to try a raspberry leaf tea, give it a test try.
I really love these bags for drying things like herbs. It will work well for the raspberry leaves. I will just shake it up every now and then to separate wet leaves. This one was actually a gift bag, but I have another sold as produce bags. The thyme is hanging in it!
Today's salad harvest! Yummy!

Monday, April 22, 2013

Harvest Monday 4/22/13

I am still getting a small amount of lettuce and spinach. My lettuce types are Ashley, Red Sails, and Rougette de Montpellier.  I love the variety of red and green colors. I think the ones shown in this picture are the Rougette de Montpellier and Red Sails. The Ashley are a much darker red. This bowl I mixed in a salad that I shared at a dinner party. It was lovely! My favorite salad to make with it right now has this mixed lettuce and spinach, raw sunflower seeds, raw yogurt cheese and a home made dressing with Olive oil, a splash of Apple cider vinegar (like Braggs), a mixture of Italian herbs from the garden (oregano, basil, thyme, etc.), garlic and a bit of salt and pepper, and Shake, Shake, Shake! Super yummy!

What is your favorite salad recipe?

Monday, April 15, 2013

It's Harvest Monday at Daphne's Dandelions! Love Harvest Monday! Love seeing so many ideas for things to grow, probably too many ideas, and sharing what I have going on in my garden too!
Lettuce and Spinach is all I am harvesting this week. But I am getting a decent amount so I am happy! One less thing to buy at the store!

Everything is going so well in the pop up. Most of the peppers and tomatoes have been replanted into larger "pots". The corn is coming up well on the bottom shelf. Most cool weather stuff has been transplanted outdoors.

Speaking of transplanting, I transplanted about 10 Purple Peacock Broccoli plants to the side of my deck. I fenced it all in, except for this latticed area. Well, a stinking bunny appears to have chewed through a few places on my lattice and ate all but one of my Broccoli plants! I am so frustrated! There is one left and 2 with a couple leaves that I am not sure I have a lot of hope of coming back.

2 like this down to the ground, several just plain gone.

The garden redo is coming along really well! Can't wait to see it full!

The All Blue potatoes have begun to show themselves. No red la soda's yet. But I like the colors of these, they are a pretty dark indigo color as they come out and then turn a bit more green. Very pretty.

One or two purple passion are showing, hope more show.  But Yeah for these!
What's going on in your garden? Any great harvests this week? Share them at Daphne's Dandelions!

Monday, April 8, 2013

Harvest Monday and Spring has finally sprung!

I did harvest some spinach this week twice for a spinach, mushroom and feta omelet! Mmmmm, my favorite! I didn't take a pic of my harvest but you will see a pic of my spinach bed a few pics down, a bit picked clean ;)

In addition to my little harvest this week, there is a lot to look forward too! And I have been taking advantage of the beautiful weather!

My pop up green house is full and working hard growing all these goodies. On the top I have Sweet potatoes, tomatoes and peppers. Next is more tomatoes, some herbs, and the summer tray has just been started with squash and cucumbers! The third shelf down is mostly herbs and cabbage and a few flowers! The bottom shelf is corn that has just been seeded. The blueberries on the side are flowering and everything! I bought them last month and since they were in a green house they were already budding so I kept them in my green house and they are way, way ahead of the three I have planted in my garden that are just now budding. These may give me a nice bunch of blueberries! And they are protected inside my pop up from hungry critters! CAN'T WAIT! 

Tomatoes and peppers!

Sweet potatoes, with still more slips growing in my kitchen window.

Cabbage and a few herbs and flowers.

The largest planter here was my 3 yr old's Easter present, he got a pot, gloves, shovel and a froggy stake and was allowed to pick some veggies from my green house to put in it. He chose Kale, Chard, and lettuce. The other pots also have kale, chard, and purple sprouting broccoli. (Looks like the kale!)

This is one of 10 Purple sprouting broccoli plants that went into this garden surrounding the peas sprouting up in the back of the picture, and 3 lettuce plants not shown. Need to get the bamboo teepee up!

This is my spinach and lettuce that I overwintered in the pop up green house. It has been picked clean a bit this week to make some yummy omelets! The holes in the back of the bed and the bed behind it have all blue and red la soda potatoes in them!

This bed has a bunch of garlic, onions, and also carrots are planted all over in it and I am impatiently waiting for them to germinate! There are some planted in the bed pictured above too, between the lettuce and spinach.

This is my other son's little garden he got for Easter. He chose lettuce and carrots.

The raspberries are beginning to leaf. I am looking forward to lots of yummy raspberries! I cleaned and pruned the bed really well over the winter and I really need to fix the bird netting and add some compost.
I also have a trench that I have planted some Purple Passion Asparagus, that I hope have handled the late cold snaps well.
With the nice weather, I am sure everything will have a burst of growth here soon! Very exciting to have the 2013 garden season off and running!
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