Harvest Monday (1-14-13)
I‘m going to attempt to put a harvest/garden report up at least once a month until I actually have “real” harvests. We have carrots and herbs and radishes that can be pulled one here, one there, and I haven’t been taking pictures.
Wait. That’s a mistake, isn’t it? I should at least be weighing. Well, since I have the only tidbits I’ve harvested so far in the fridge, I’ll go ahead and weigh and record and try this year to keep a total. Urk. Does this mean I need a spreadsheet? Double-urk.
But today’s report is easy.
A couple of weeks ago we went the Garden Cafe for breakfast. We got there early and I saw the gardener, Angie, kneeling over a bed that seemed to be barely started, doing something. Wasn’t sure what. I walked over and found out she was harvesting. This is really dumb, but I didn’t realize you could harvest when the plants were so small. Or maybe I did, but I felt like I should let them grow more or something? Anyway, it was dill she’d planted only a few weeks before, and she was carefully snipping and ended up with several small bunches to sell in the cafe. After our delicious (as usual) breakfast, I bought dill and mint from her and took it home. It has been in my window in a small glass of water since, though I’ve snipped off pieces to use from time to time. The mint is forming roots. The dill is turning yellow. AND… look what else we brought home, evidently! It must have just been an egg at the time.
From what I can determine, it’s an Eastern Black Swallowtail. I brought in some bronze fennel from my garden, hoping it will like it as well as the dill, and will be making a trip to buy organic dill today.
The sign at Rohde’s Organic Nursery said it’s time to plant English peas. Last year I planted a few beans and realized I hadn’t planted anywhere near enough if I wanted to get enough to make even a single meal. Live and learn! So I bought some sugar snaps and will be planting them this week, but I’ll have to figure out the best way to do it. The nice thing about them is that whether I bring in two or a handful, eaten fresh and raw they will be a delight, and I don’t have to worry about whether there are enough for a meal. In my small garden, I’m not sure I want to tie up a sizable corner for 60 days or more. Unless I figure out that that’s a smart thing to do and then plant something else when I pull them. See? Still learning.
I want to plant some seedlings if I can find the seeds. I am trying to decide whether to use garden space for potatoes or not, which will be planted soon.
What’s going on in your garden? On your kitchen windowsill? Tell me in comments or give me a link to your harvest post. See other harvests at daphne’s dandelions!
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