Gardening

Garden Harvests

Today was a great day – I harvested a big bunch of salad greens and baby bok choy from the garden, as well as 4 large artichokes. Victory! I am loving this salad mix that I got from Baker Creek Heirloom seeds – the variety is beautiful.

Max and I have been using an interesting cooking technique on the artichokes (versus my normal method of boiling them for an hour and 15 minutes in a pot with water and some red wine vinegar and dill seeds) – we are slicing them in half, steaming them in the microwave for 15 minutes, marinating them in olive oil, and then finishing them by grilling them on our gas grill. It is DELICIOUS!

Grilling them adds a special flavor that I can’t replicate any other way, and I think this is now our new favorite way to cook artichokes.

My basil plants still have not sprouted – I put out some extra seeds last week, so I am crossing my fingers that some of the basil will get its act together and sprout pronto!

I hadn’t planned to start any potatoes this year, but there was this sad old potato in my refrigerator that was sprouting every which-way, so I cut him up and planted 4 potato starts along the back fence. I’ll have to post a photo once they get going – right now you can barely see them. Should be fun!

This strange-looking flower is a Pineapple Guava flower – they are supposed to be delicious and edible (and taste like cotton candy!) but with only two blooms opening so far I couldn’t bear to eat one yet, as I am hoping they’ll set fruit. Once a few more blooms open then I’ll have to give them a try to see if the hype is to be believed.

I had initially thought my Pineapple Guava plants were going to die, because they are evergreen and after I planted them they lost almost all their leaves. New growth is appearing though, including these flowers, so they seem to be reviving nicely. Whew!