Monday, April 28, 2014
In the Garden
I harvested the first of the radishes last week. They were delicious - very mild. This year I planted two kinds - French Breakfast and Amythest, because they tend to be less spicy than some other varieties. I don't mind the spice, but the rest of my family prefers them on the mild side. With these, I sauteed the greens in olive oil with spinach and garlic, and served the radishes on a veggie plate. When I have a bigger harvest, I'll roast them - I love roasted radishes!
It's been too wet and I've been too busy to do much in the garden the last couple of weeks. Everything we've planted is coming up nicely. The lettuce is taking its own sweet time, though - I think I may have to come up with something to cloche them. I have two beds completely planted and I'm saving the third for the things that will be planted after the soil warms up a bit more.
The herbs are going strong - this weekend we harvested some rosemary and chives to sprinkle on goat cheese sandwiches, and I put some rosemary and parsley in a pot of vegetable soup.
This coming weekend I'll need to put a layer of dirt over the potatoes. They're growing like wildfire!
Last week I was reading an article about intensively planting fruit trees. It said you can plant dwarf varieties as close as 24 inches apart and the competition will keep them small and more manageable. I'd love to get some peach and pear trees in my yard, so I just might try that! I want to put in a grape vine or two, also. We're talking about adding a slightly raised bed to the front yard so I may wait for that and put a couple out there with a decorative trellis.
What's growing in your garden?