This week was a discovery week in the garden. Discover what isn’t growing because of last weeks hail and extreme rains, as well as, what is growing. Our spinach did not survive last week’s weather, and our lettuce really took a beating.
We have replanted spinach as well as carrots, beets, three different varitites of lettuce. These were planted in a new garden partially made out of pallets as well as another section made from beams. I am hoping with the pallets that there will be less weeding:) Steve and the boys spent Saturday morning assembling it, and I planted that night. We were pleasantly surprised to see some growth in these gardens already on Tuesday! I also planted some more annual flowers and zuchinni.
Saturday was spent weeding while exhausting, it was also a treasurer hunt finding glimmers of hope of how strong the plants were. We are thankful that we bought much of our seed from Jordan Seeds in Woodbury. They are a wholesale seed dealer for farmers who raise crops for farmers markets and CSA. Their years of experience assisted us in buying good seed. Thank you to our friends who recommended that route!
BOXES OF PRODUCE
This list is prepared before we harvest your share. Some guesswork is involved! We do our best to predict which crops will be ready to harvest, but sometimes crops are on the list that are not in the share, and sometimes crops will be in the share even though they’re not on the list.
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Rhubarb – The rhubarb season will be coming to an end in the next few weeks. When exactly will be determined by the weather. It has definitely appreciated the rain, but not so much the hail. Simply cut off the damaged areas and enjoy. I tried to select stems that had limited amount of damage. Definite advantage to the plants large leaves. Rhubarb freezing great! I freeze in amounts recipes call for and use it throughout the year.
Black Seeded Simpson Lettuce – Wash, cut off longer stems. These plants are struggling to recover from the storms. Our second and third plantings of salad crops took a beating. We have replanted. With this heat and humidity, we hope to have spinach and several varities of lettuce very shortly.
Beets – Althought the leaves were damaged by the hail, they appear to be recovering. We are thinning out the rows so the bulbs have more room to grow, so enjoy these small beautiful red bulbs.
Carrots – Enjoy some fresh garden carrots!
Peas – The pods are edible. When I took a peak at the garden this morning, I was excited to see these were ready to harvest and indulged in a few for breakfast!
Herbs – Chives, red basil, mint, parsley and golden oregano. Remember you can dry them or you can freeze in an ice cube to use later.
Fresh cut arrangement – Tiger Lillies this week. Enjoy!
Turnips – Many have commented how this is a new vegetable that we are not quite sure how to use. Below is the recipe my mom tried this week and shared with us. Remember, the turnip greens are also edible and could be used in a salad.
Lemon Parsleyed Turnips
Cook 2 cups turnip sticks in boiling salted water. Boil until tender. About 20 minutes. Drain.
1 Tablespoon butter
2 teaspoon snipped parsley
1 teaspoon finely chopped onion
1 teaspoon lemon juice
Toss. Serves 4. Note: Norma cut the recipe in half for just her and dad.
Salad using Turnips
Salad greens, turnips, almonds , walnuts, and a few blue berries with her favorite dressing on the side.
Mom also loves radish sandwiches so she is going to try a turnip sandwich. Slice either vegetable thin. Place on buttered bread.
Sources: Better Homes and Gardens cookbook (1960’s edition) and my mom, Norma Campbell