First Peppermint Swiss Chard for the season
The Peppermint Swiss Chard was so fresh and tender I just did a simple saute in garlic and ginger infused oil, S&P to taste, garnished with dried cranberries and toasted pine nuts, served as a side.
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First Golden Sweet Snow Peas and Little Snap Peas Crunch for the season.
In the above photo the Golden Sweet Snow Peas on the left are from the garden, the Little Snap Peas Crunch on the right are from the foam ice chest (photo below).
Photo below: more Little Snap Peas Crunch from foam ice chest.
Combined all the harvested peas in a stir-fry with chicken, tofu, kolibri (from last week’s harvest), garlic scapes, onion (last of the stash from last year’s harvest), carrots (from store) and roasted garlic (from freezer).
Did not use a recipe just kind of toss everything together as I was lacking time.
Thinly sliced the chicken, cut tofu into cubes and placed into separate containers. Seasoned (eye-balled all the seasoning ingredients) both with soy sauce, S&P, ginger, pale dry sherry and sesame oil.
The Little Snap Peas Crunch were really crunchy and sweet, liked them a lot. Saving seeds for next year.
The Golden Sweet Snow Peas are OK, thought they would be more golden. Not sure if I will grow them again next year, they really do nothing for the finished dish.
NOTE: My chicken and tofu are very pale as I marinated both using light color soy sauce, for a darker color use mushroom dark soy sauce or dark soy sauce.
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Above photo: left, transplanted long beans, right, snow peas and sugar snap peas.
The untrimmed Golden Sweet Snow Peas (in the back of the row of peas) are doing a lot better than the trimmed Golden Sweet Snow Peas (front of the row of peas). Reason: the trimmed pea plants sent out many new tender shoots that were just the right height for the critters to feast on, the untrimmed pea plants were higher on the trellis and out of reach. Will have to try the experiment again another time.
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The Red Noodles Long Beans and Green Chinese Long Beans I direct sowed only 2 of the 98 made it. Not sure what happened, guessing chipmunks ate the seeds. There seem to be many more chipmunks dashing about in the garden this year, both live-ins and visitors.
Had to resow (hope it is not too late) both Red Noodles Long Beans and Green Chinese Long Beans but this time in containers out of reach of critters. I find the 1-lb size strawberry plastic containers with lids to be the right size and depth.
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More window box lettuce.
This is the last of my container lettuces. Will be sowing more at a later date. The container lettuces were not damaged by slugs and other bugs like the ones in the garden. So from now on I will be planting all my lettuces in containers.
Harvest but no photo: Garlic scapes, Chinese chives, goji leaves and more Win Win Choy from window box.
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