Tag Archives: mint

Spring again… happy me!

3March 26, 2017 (26)

Tiny Pink and White French Breakfast Radishes

Every year about this time, the daffodils bloom, the birds sing during the day and the frogs party by the light of the moon. We survived another winter. It’s good to be alive.

2february-25-2017-1 I have a couple of garden projects I like to start in January and February, but those are mostly to scratch what starts to itch with the first seed catalog. My Gardening starts to get honest when the peas and first potatoes go into the cold, wet soil.

3March 26, 2017 (21) I planted a lot of pea seeds, Tall Alderman, a French Heirloom sno pea, Sugar Snaps and a row of Green Arrow peas. I could show you pictures of those but right now they look a whole lot like clean dirt, wood chips and a nice structure Ray made for them to climb. These peas (a big pot of Cascade Snap Peas and another of Maestro) I started on Presidents Day. They seem to like it outside.

3March 26, 2017 (27) Potatoes: These were started in February. I’ve planted Vikings (Purple, Gold, Fight Fight) Yellow Bananas, and some kind of yellow that I saved from last year. I still have some Russet Burbanks and another fingerling still to put out. We do not have a lot of room for lots of potatoes, but we do what we can. A man once said that if I haven’t had a fresh from the dirt potato then you really do not know what a potato tastes like. He was right.

There is more to spring then peas and potatoes. I had a walk-about  this morning to see whats happening. Here is a small selection.

3March 26, 2017 (20)

The Herb Garden …chives are looking good

3March 26, 2017 (17)

Comfrey coming up in the Raspberry bed. It won’t be long until I’m pulling up big bundles of this daily for the chickens and all my medicinal needs.

3March 26, 2017 (2)

Two years ago I planted some very expensive flowering broccoli (a kale-brussels sprout hybrid). It comes back, or maybe better, it doesn’t die. Every year it sends up a new stem and makes a new branch of kale flowers. I guess it was worth the price of the seed. My hens sure like it.

3March 26, 2017 (5)

There is still a lot of work to do but we are enjoying every moment.

3March 26, 2017 (18) That’s my Rudy Valentine standing in my new strawberry bed. It was supposed to be an asparagus bed but they didn’t take. So all of the strawberries that I pulled out of the herb bed went upstairs into my new strawberry bed. I think these are called Pacific Reliant. I bought two or three plants last spring and now they are everywhere… well they were everywhere, now they’ve moved to this bed. In front of Rudy is a stand of Fever Few, the tea from the flowers does everything an aspirin does without eating away your stomach. The echinacea (cone flower) is just coming up all burgundy and fresh. If I’m not careful where I step, the scent of peppermint fills the air. It’s nice. Welcome back Spring!

Leave a comment

Filed under Back to Eden Garden, Chickens, Square Foot Garden, Urban Farm

Fava Bean Salad via Jamie Oliver’s Garbanzo Salad

This recipe caught my eye when there were NO fava beans in it. It is called Jamie Oliver’s Summer Chickpea Salad.

http://www.jamieoliver.com/us/recipes/vegetarian-recipes/summer-chickpea-salad_1

  • 2 to 3 cups prepped fava beans
  • 1 small red onion, thin sliced
  • 2 tomatoes, roughly chopped
  • 2 lemons
  • olive oil (about 1/2 cup or to taste)
  • salt and pepper (sea salt and fresh ground pepper)
  • pepper flakes (large pinch to taste)
  • 14 oz can garbanzo beans (or 2 cups home cooked)
  • 7 oz feta cheese (regular or low-fat)
  • mint and basil (fresh, chopped)

Prep vegetables, mint and basil.

Mix together dressing in large bowl (lemon, oil, salt, pepper, pepper flakes, pinch of mint and basil) Add vegetables, garbanzo beans and feta. Stir together and allow to marinate a couple of hours. Garnish with more chopped mint and basil (on plate rather than over salad)

About 6-8 servings

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f3VZYGM_qWc

Leave a comment

Filed under Fresh from the garden, Home Cooked