My new favorite Swiss chard – peppermint. So pretty! Love the stripes!
Swiss Chard – Peppermint
Taste the same as other variety of Swiss chard
Stripes remain after cooking
I stir-fried the Swiss chard stems (saving the leaves for other purpose) with sugar snap peas in a bit of garlic, ginger & scallion infused oil (see NOTE), salt & pepper to taste. Tossed in the tomatoes to heat through just before plating. Wanted to add some chopped roasted macadamia nuts but could not find them (still without a finished kitchen and needed items are a challenge to find among the boxes littering my dining room and family room).
NOTE: Garlic, Ginger & Scallion Infused Oil – Add 1 – 2 cloves of smashed garlic, 1 – 2 slices fresh ginger and 1 smashed scallion (green & white parts) to 1 – 2 tablespoons of hot oil in wok or frying pan. After garlic, ginger and scallion have perfumed the oil and start to brown lightly, remove and discard. Add veggies, stir fry to desired doneness. A beautiful side that will compliment any meat, fish or poultry dish.
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This past week harvested Bright Light Swiss chard, mustard greens, beets, parsley and basil for friends who stopped by the garden gate, no photos.
Also harvested a handful of raspberries, no photo (they never made it through the garden gate). Birds and other critters are enjoying the ripe berries, I was lucky to find a handful.
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In the basket, a portion of the:
Parsley, Mache, Lettuce (red & green), Tomato, Okra & Sugar Snap Peas
Arugula, Red Tomato & Amaranth did not make it into the photo
Harvested about 6 ounces of sugar snap peas. All went into the Swiss chard stir-fry together with the red and yellow tomatoes.
Okra and parsley went into a stew. Arugula, lettuce and mache will go into a salad. Most likely just do a simple stir-fry with the amaranth.
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While visiting a nursery in the spring I saw carrot seedlings in cell pack. This is the first time I am seeing carrot seedlings for sale.
Thinking: That’s a great idea, must give this a try as I have problems with direct sowing. Either poor germination or good germination and thinning becomes a pain in the neck, or critters decide to feast on the seedlings.
So instead of direct sowing my fall carrots, decided to experiment and sow in cell pack. The germination was excellent and I did not have to worry about critters.
Top: Cosmic Purple
Bottom: Coreless Nantes
Sow 2 varieties of carrots, cosmic purple and coreless nantes, in cell pack on June 1, 2014 (my sister, Joyce, babysat them while I was on my trip).
With the roots so tangled was worried that it would be difficult to separate each seedling but need not worry, the seedlings separated very easily and not as fragile as they look.
(Not sure why the photos of the cosmic purple seedlings in the above photo and the next 2 photos below are so yellow, they were taken in the garden where it was sunny. The previous photo with the green seedlings was taken in a shady location).
Dug a trench and placed the (2-3 inches tall) seedlings about 3-inch apart in the trench
Filled trench with loose soil and watered well
Will the carrots grow long and straight? Find out at a later date.
Hoping for success and looking forward to harvesting many delicious carrots. I shall keep you updated on the progress and results. If successful will definitely start my carrots in cell packs in the future, no more direct sowing.
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You are not going to believe this.
Something is wrong with the oven of my BRAND NEW stove, very noisy when turned on especially the convection feature, impossible to stay in the kitchen when oven is on. This is supposed to be Electrolux high-end product. Waiting for service center to come and find the problem and take care of it.
Honestly, I didn’t think anything else could possibly go wrong with my kitchen reno. Murphy’s Law at work here!
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