Wednesday, July 18, 2012

This All Season Romaine Mix from The Cook's Garden looks beautiful in the garden and is still sweet and tender despite the very hot weather. The mix contains the following varieties.
Craquerelle Du Midi
Little Gem
Rouge D'Hiver

The D. Landreth Seed Company newsletter offers some history of romaine as well as descriptions of different varieties.

The cucumber plants are climbing up one of the tripods.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Bountiful and beautiful harvest from the garden on June 28 includes Carrots Burpee Kaleidoscope Mix that will be the main ingredient in this delicious Carrot and Tofu Quiche recipe. The seeds from the dill flower add wonderful flavor to this dish.

The parsley was used to make this cool and fresh tabouleh salad.

The wild arugula was used in this extremely delicious and refreshing salad with watermelon and feta cheese. It is the perfect dinner for these hot summer evenings.

The delightful colors of the Cooks Custom Mix radishes make harvesting them even more fun. These radishes along with their leafy green tops will be used in this radish top pasta dish later in the week.

The beautiful red cabbage pairs nicely with apples in this recipe. Here is an article with a little bit of coleslaw history as well as some suggestions for different ways to spice up the this common dish that was introduced to this country by the Dutch settlers.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Lettuce Ashley

I love how ornamental red leaves are in a vegetable garden as well as in a salad bowl. This lettuce from The Cooks Garden is said to be very heat tolerant so I am still planting seeds of it.
I can affirm that this lettuce is actually tolerant of warm weather since the leaves harvested on June 29 from seeds planted at the beginning of June were sweet and tender.


Borage volunteer seedlings started blooming in late May. You only need to plant borage once since it typically self sows in a nice way. Here it is growing up through the fava bean plants.

'Lemon Gem' and 'Tangerine Gem' Marigolds

These marigolds are pretty additions to the kitchen or herb garden. The flowers are edible and look nice in a salad. Botanical Interests seed company offers the seeds for sale online. I found the plants this year at Willey Farms in Townsend and at Richardsons in Glasgow.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Fava beans

It was exciting to harvest these fava beans yesterday off the plants grown from seed sown in the garden in January! The preparation process includes shelling the beans, steaming them for one minute, then removing the outer coating. Here is a link to the instructions with photographs of each step as well as recipes for using the beans. We are adding them to salads. They are bright green and delicious.

Last year I made the mistake of picking the pods too early. This year I waited until they were 5-7" long.

This is an easy plant to grow, provides a very satisfying harvest while improving the quality of the soil through the process of nitrogen fixation.