Thursday, May 20, 2010

The first big harvest

Today was another warm rainy day and the vegetables have just popped out of the ground.  We harvested radishes - you can see that we'll need to share! I had outpatient hand surgery yesterday so Mark did all the cleaning of the radishes and spinach. We have a great partnership that is helpful because the garden wouldn't wait and the radishes would have been mammoth if we'd waited another day!

We also harvested lots of spinach; some for fresh salad and the rest to be frozen for next winter. We'll be harvesting spinach for some time.

The lettuce and carrots are taking hold; the broccoli and cauliflower are strong and the kale will be ready to eat soon.  We've been eating the beet tops of the thinnings in our salads.
The picture at the right are cherries in the making. The fruit is setting on so I'm hopeful that we'll have another large crop this summer.

The tomatoes and peppers made it into the ground this week before the rain and they are looking great. We're expecting very warm weather for the next week so that will totally transform the garden.

Fresh spinach is delicious prepared simply - just add the following dressing after cleaning thoroughly:

Honey Salad Dressing
  • 3 T white wine or wine vinegar (if using wine, use one that you would drink)
  • 3 T water
  • 1 T honey
  • 2 T extra virgin olive oil
  • if using wine, add a splash of balsamic vinegar
  • pinch salt and pepper
     Mix well, drizzle over fresh greens

NOTE: Some of you have informed me that you cannot post comments after each Post. I've been troubleshooting the problem, and believe it is fixed. Thanks to all who have left comments and encouragement. Glad you are enjoying reading about life in the slow lane.


Faraz said...

I don't know why I can't put comments on older posts, but I just saw the baby horse you've got and he is so cute :) I wish I were there with you.

Moments like this won't happen in everybody's life and are not appreciated as they should. You are in heaven Delores, enjoy it...

Anonymous said...

Yum..........I am so two are master gardners.

It's good to see the comment area repaired.


Janet said...

Glad you got the problem fixed, I was going to ask you about it. Love getting all the pictures and your garden looks wonderful. It's still chilly here, so don't know how the gardens are doing here since we don'thave one and I won't plant flowers till mid summer when I get my two trips to NY over.