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



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.