Thursday, April 26, 2007

Garden Greens and Violets


Our menu for supper tonight was bean enchiladas, spiced Spanish millet, and a garden green salad. It was the first meal from our garden greens. Oh, they were fresh and so delicious! There were freckled and white violets blooming nearby, so I added them in as well as some fresh curly parsley, Italian parsley, and cilantro from the herb garden. The violets were 'not' picked out of the salad at meal time --- by now my family is used to my ways. The guys ate them without a second glance or a single complaint.

Just think about all the vitamins and minerals in those garden fresh greens!


I used garden scissors to snip the baby greens. Since they were scatter planted, rather than placed in rows, the early harvest by snipping (not pulling) helps to thin them out and yet gives the plants opportunity to sprout new growth from the roots still in the ground.

I had to replant three new tomato bushes. Although I covered them at night during the freezing nights a week or so ago, some of them didn't look very healthy, so I pulled them out and replanted. The spring bush peas are growing, and the Cherokee bush beans have pushed their heart-shaped leaves out of the soil. Walla Walla Sweet onions are growing in two of my garden 'squares' and this week the pickling cukes and regular cucumbers have sprouted leaves through the earth. The beet greens are a little behind, but are coming along alright.


9 comments:

  1. Your salad with violet flowers looks delightful, borage flowers and pot marigold petals are nice in salads too. Your vegetable garden sounds as though it will be very productive, it will certainly keep you busy this summer:)

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  2. Wow! That's a beautiful salad! Almost too beautiful to eat =)

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  3. Oh I love flowers in salads. They make me so happy. Clarice

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  4. Gorgeous garden, food, and photography. You have quite a gracious blog!

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  5. Oh, your garden is just beautiful. I can almost smell all the fresh growing things!
    Kelli

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  6. Your vegetable garden looks great!!!

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  7. I'm learning so many new things here...if I'm not careful I may turn out to be a decent cook after all! That'd please me well. xoxo

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  8. Oh, I can't wait to harvest my first vegetables this year! The fresh green will taste delicous!

    Have a great week-end and happy gardeing!

    Anita

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  9. I finally have the speckled violets blooming at my house. I better add them to a salad. It looks so beautiful.

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