Harvest Monday, May 6, 2013 – Garlic Greens + Window Box Spinach

I am back. Still dragging my feet, but slowly getting back to normal schedule.

Took me longer to get over that nasty cold than I liked, hopefully I built up a good amount of immunity that should last a long, long time.

Lots of catching up (reply to comments to my posts, read 2 weeks of missed blogs, prepare garden beds, transplant seedlings, sow seeds, take down and put away temporary deer fence …, the list is long), will try to get up-to-date as quickly as possible.

Despite my neglect, garlic plants are looking gorgeous. As I mentioned in my 10/15/12 post (click here and scroll down), I planted my garlic cloves closer than recommended, now I am pulling every other plant as needed for cooking.

Garlic greensGarlic green

Garlic green

Garlic green is a really special spring treat. Unfortunately the season is short. Use the whole plant (white part as well as green part) like you would scallion. It is tender and has a mild garlic flavor.

I sliced the whole garlic green on the bias, stir-fried with sliced chicken (good with pork, beef, shrimp and tofu also) and sweet potato noodles.

My window box spinach (seeds sown 3/11/13) are doing very well. The first harvest was the thinning (pulled up the whole plant, forgot to take photo). The second harvest (photo below) I cut the outer leaves from each plant leaving the remainder of the plant to continue to grow.


Burpee’s razzle dazzle hybrid

Made a soup with tofu, poached egg, thinly sliced garlic green and the above spinach. The spinach was tender and super delicious.

Spinach appears to be a good candidate for window box planting so will experiment with planting more in the fall for winter use.

Yellow flowers



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About Norma Chang

I am the author/publisher of 2 user-friendly Chinese cookbooks: "My Students' Favorite Chinese Recipes (updated edition)" and "Wokking Your Way to Low Fat Cooking" A gardener who enjoys cooking and eating and loves to think outside the box A garden volunteer at Locust Grove Heritage Vegetable Garden Conduct hands-on cooking workshops for teenagers Conduct cultural programs for children and family Conduct healthy cooking classes for adults
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67 Responses to Harvest Monday, May 6, 2013 – Garlic Greens + Window Box Spinach

  1. Your spinach is my favourite my friend, it is so green and lovely 😀
    And I love those flowers too!


  2. Sorry to hear you have been so under the weather Norma, glad you are back in the swing of things.
    Your spinach looks fabulous! I really should try grow some myself.
    Have a super week ahead.
    🙂 Mandy xo

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Mandy,
      I too am glad to be back in the swing of things. Was surprised how well the spinach did in the window box and how little care it needed. A super week to you also.

  3. Saskia (1=2) says:

    Glad to hear you’re back on your feet again Norma. Burpee’s razzle dazzle hybrid! What a fabulous name! Your tofu and egg soup sounds lovely, and nourishing too.

  4. Eha says:

    A soup like that should help you immunity by leaps and bounds . . . must have been a peculiar virus to have liked all the garlic in your house . . . I am ‘topping up’ all my recipes ready for our winter 🙂 !

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Eha,
      So strange, we are just getting into spring and you are readying for winter.

      • Eha says:

        Ours not as tough as yours, well, where I live anyways . . . nights down to -2 C max, days usually 14- 16 C: altho’ my heatbank has already decided to put its fans on for half the night at about 4 C !!! Spolit brats, I know!!!!

  5. Daphne says:

    I think this coming week I’ve got spinach to pick. Yours looks so tender and nice. Glad you are feeling better.

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Daphne,
      With the weather the way it has been this year, planting spinach in window box sure gave me a head start. What a difference compared to last winter/spring.

  6. Nice to see you back Norma, I wish you all the health and no cold for the next years 🙂 Sometimes it’s good to get sick, just a little bit and rest, but I can imagine you missed your garden 🙂 I like the idea with a window box with spinach. I buy spinach all the time, as I love the taste. It would be a nice idea to plant it at home. The only thing is that I’ll have to keep my cat away from it.

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Marta,
      Thanks, glad to be back. I was surprised at how easy it was to grow spinach in the window box, you could put a netting over the window box to keep your cat away.

  7. Hi Norma, I’m new to your blog and am loving going through older posts catching up and getting to know you. It’s lovely to ‘meet’ you. I hope you’re feeling better.

  8. Glad you are back in the swing of things and feeling better. Your spinach is gorgeous! Healthy bunch of onions too. Have a great week!

  9. Shawn Ann says:

    beautiful. And your recipe sounds delish too! Have not had sweet potato noodles. Can they be homemade?

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Shawn Ann,
      I don’t know if it is possible to make sweet potato noodles at home, but then, why not? Keep me updated if you decide to give it a try.

  10. The garlic greens look so wonderful Norma! I would love to be able to cook with them. I didn’t think about window box spinach but I suppose it grows wonderfully in a pot. I should try that this year, I always do my tomatoes and chillies in pots. Your recipes send delicious too. I hope you are feeling better.


  11. I just harvested some baby spinach early today too.
    Love your garlic plants!

  12. Michelle says:

    Your green garlic is so perfect looking. My garlic always seems to get infected with something that makes it ugly, still delicious, but definitely ugly. I am impressed with all your windowbox experiments. You are such a dedicated garden, I am full of admiration. I have it so easy with my mild climate.

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Michelle,
      Do you replant from the cloves you saved from the previous year? If yes, you may want to think about getting new garlic and perhaps that will take care of the problem for good.

  13. wok with ray says:

    Hi Norma! I am glad that you are back and feeling better. I love garlic and always have them in most of the dishes that I make. I don’t recall having garlic leaves before, so this is a must do for a new recipe. Thank you, Norma and take care of your self. 🙂

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Ray,
      Thanks, glad to be back. I know garlic scapes are available at farmers markets and Asian food markets, not sure if garlic greens are available, if not, you will just have to grow some, you will love the flavor.

  14. Pat says:

    Missed you! I am glad you are feeling better. Hope to see you on Thursday at Locust Grove. We need your expertise in getting all the news print paper and mulch in the garden. Everything looks fabulous and we need to beat the weeds. I made a spinach,red onion and strawberry salad this past weekend. It was a hit!

  15. hotlyspiced says:

    Good to hear you’re better, Norma. It does seem you were unwell for quite a while. The shallots look very good. What a shame the season is so short. Good luck with all the catching up – story of my life – always seem to be running behind xx

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Charlie,
      It did seem like a looooong time even though I was only down for 3 weeks. Garlic scapes will follow garlic greens so I am in for another special garlic treat soon.

  16. Kristy says:

    So glad you’re feeling better Norma. It sounds like you had a doozy of a cold! Here’s hoping your immunity is good and built up now. And don’t stress yourself catching up. I’ve been there done that and find it’s easier to just move forward. 🙂 No one will fault you for that. And your flowers are just gorgeous!

  17. So happy to hear you’re finally on the mend. What a horrid bout you experienced.

    Window box spinach? How cool does that sound.

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Maureen,
      It was a horrid bout, sure hope I built up much immunity to last a long, long time.
      I may get 2 more harvest from my window box spinach then I will put the window box to bed as the spinach in the garden should be ready for harvesting soon.

  18. ChgoJohn says:

    Good to read that you’r feeling better, Norma. How remarkable that you’re already harvesting some of your garden’s bounty. You work hard on your garden but you do get rewarded — and deservedly so. 🙂

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello John,
      Presently, I am only harvesting garlic green from my garden but hopefully with the weather finally getter warmer and I am feeling better things will get planted and growing. Hoping to get 2 more meals from my window box spinach then I will put the box to bed until the fall and focus on the garden where I spend way toooo much time.

  19. Mac says:

    Glad you are feeling better, those green garlic are gorgeous!

  20. Glad to hear you’re feeling better!

  21. Norma, you’re back! We missed you! The garlic greens look lovely and fresh – glad you’re getting to enjoy them now, as it will help your immune system no end! (Sigh, now I sound like my Chinese mother.. :))

  22. I am glad Norma you are on recovery. These nasty flu bugs have been very virulent and last a long time. Take care of yourself. Your beautiful garlic greens will be perfect in soups as you recover.

  23. Dear Norma,

    Glad to hear you are on the mend. I think we call the green garlic shallots here and spring onions in Asia? Whatever the name, they look really fresh and I’m sure you’ll have a wonderful meal with them.

  24. The short window of garlic greens is actually something daddy was commenting on recently…love your abundance, each and every time I visit, Norma! What a grand green thumb you have, for sure!

  25. nothing better that feshly picked spinach, lovely!
    i had several in my garden too, they are the wild vierity, green and red leaves..
    can wait to the harvest time…

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Dedy,
      Agree, nothing better than freshly picked vegetables. I am not familiar with wild spinach, are you by any chance be referring to amaranth?

  26. lronglim says:

    Hi Norma… very impressive looking garlic you have there…
    I would like to seek some advice from you with regards to WordPress…
    Tried to look for your email address in your blog but could not find it.
    So, please excuse my using this space to talk about something unrelated to your post.
    I had some problems with Blogger (their Google +1 thing was very difficult to understand) and decided to change to WordPress.
    If possible, can you please spare some time to coach me on how to post multiple photos amongst text as you do with your blog?
    As it is, I find that I could only post one single photo at a time, each time with its own caption.
    I have tried searching for information on how to do so but could not find what I am looking for as yet.
    Would appreciate very much any advice from you (such as a link for further information).
    My email address is LRONGLIM (at)GMAIL.COM
    Thank you in advance…

  27. Karen says:

    Hi Norma, I’m so happy you are feeling better. 🙂 I must have had the same thing for the last several weeks…still seeing the doctor for more tests. Your spinach looks beautiful…we are all learning from your experiments in gardening.

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Karen,
      Sorry to hear you have not been well also, hope the doctor is able to determine what the problem is from the tests and you are back to feeling great again, take care.

  28. So happy to hear you are feeling better Norma. Your spinach and flowers are beautiful!

  29. Hi Norma, Happy Mother’s Day! Every Monday I water my few plants on a balcony I think of your Harvest Monday. Your spinach and garlic looks beautiful! Flowers do too. 🙂

  30. I’m intrigued by the sounds of your spinach and tofu soup Norma. The girls love miso soup with seaweed and tofu, so why not spinach and tofu? Glad to hear that you are feeling better. I’ve had to put blogging on the back burner for the past few weeks too…but for me it was because of work. I worked so much that I couldn’t stay up at night anymore and had to go to bed right after we put the girls to bed.

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Barb,
      I did add a bit of miso to my soup but forgot to mention. Adding seaweed to the soup would be a good idea too, will do so when I make the soup again.
      I don’t know how you manage to work full time, take care of the girls and the household and find time to blog.

  31. Sophie33 says:

    I just planted my garlic pieces yesterday for growing garlic greens. I love to use them a lot in my cooking & I haven’t been doing that since last year. I had a lot of success with it too! Your garlic greens look just wonderful & the rest of your garden is thriving too! Beautiful! Home grown spinach is the best, istn’t it?

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