It was HOT and humid this past week, 90’s for 3 days in a row. Of course when it is HOT salad is the preferred meals. Harvested a variety of greens, herbs and edible flowers from the garden for salad. Below are samples.
Greens (L to R) – baby beet green, lettuce cimmaron, red rib dandelion, red leaf lettuce Herbs – dill and cilantro Edible flowers: sage flowers (has a sweet flavor) and cilantro flowers (taste like cilantro)
All the above were combined with cooked chickpeas sprouts (from the freezer) to make a delicious and healthy salad meal that was simply dressed with balsamic vinegar, EVOE, salt and pepper to taste. (Oops, forgot to take a photo.) No cooking required. By Saturday, most of greens bolted from the extended high heat, harvested all.
Bolted greens (L to R): Shanghai bok choy, red giant mustard, green mustard and spinach (Look closely and you can see the flower in the center of each plant) The birds did not get this lone tiny strawberry as it was hidden under some leaves
There were strawberries at the end of each of those stems (right photo). I was so looking forward to a good strawberry harvest. As your can see for the photo, others were also eyeing those strawberries. Tried netting the plants but that did not work. Despite the heat last week, by getting into the garden at 6 a.m., I managed to get many of my seedlings into the ground. This week promises to be very pleasant, in the 70’s, hoping to complete the planting and get to the other outdoor chores.
Front bed: okra and baby bok choy Middle bed: Green Chinese long beans and red noodles beans Back bed: garlic, blackberry and raspberry
The okra seedlings are surplus from Locust Grove Heritage Vegetable Garden where I volunteer. None of the other volunteers wanted what was left so I took them. Interplanted baby bok choy among the okras. They should be ready for harvest before the okras need the space. It is hard to see, but I left a few of the flowering Asian green among the Chinese beans. The tiny yellow flowers are so pretty. The 2 green plants at the upper right corner of the bean bed are lettuce. Decided to leave them for now since they are not bolting yet.
Black soy beans (front), garlic (back)
My son-in-law built a seed starting stand for me when he and my daughter visited end of April. This enabled me to start my Chinese long beans and soy beans indoor thus avoided the problem with birds and chipmunks eating my bean seeds before they get a chance to germinate. How well will these transplant do and is there any advantage? Will observe and write an update later. Will also write a post about my seed starting stand. It is really very nice. If the photo below looks familiar it is because I posted it last Monday but without the plant in the upper left corner. That plant was a mystery plant (lost its label) among the give away (surplus) at LGHVG that nobody wanted.
Mystery plant (upper left corner), artichoke (upper right corner) and Chinese celery (front)
I took a chance on the mystery plant hoping it is an artichoke. But it could be a cardoon. Hard to tell at this young stage, should be able to identify it as it grows. If it is an artichoke, I will be very pleased with me. If it is a cardoon, out it goes from the vegetable garden and into the flower garden. Cardoon is one of the few vegetables I have problem cultivating a taste for but it makes a dramatic statement in the flower garden. Because of critters eating all of my sweet potatoes last year, decided to grow them in container this year. I have one plant in an 18-inch diameter container, hope it is large enough. Due to limited garden space I can have only 2 containers. Growing only purple as I can purchase the other varieties from the food market but not the purple
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