We finally have had some sunshine, after many gray rainy days, so I made my way to the garden, to see what was happening. We actually have strawberries flowering! People are saying we are 3-4 weeks behind this spring, so who knows what our summer will bring?
I picked a huge bowl of over wintered collard greens that were going to seed. When the leaves are small, they are quite sweet and tender. With the bigger leaves, I remove the stem, and cook them longer - looking forward to braised collard greens tonight. I also discovered the stem and the flower seeds are delicious - tender, sweet, with a bit of a peppery bite to them.
Then walking around the garden, I made a few other discoveries:
This is the third year of harvesting chives from this pot....I do nothing to them other than to water them and they just keep producing. Now check this out:
Celery! I can't remember where I read this, but, apparently if you plant the end of a celery bunch it will grow - and it is!
Then I made another discovery. Now, some people would be horrified at this, I am thrilled!
It is baby Lambsquarter seedlings. Many people consider this a weed not worth keeping, but I can't get enough of it. Last year I only had one plant, so to see these babies made me very happy. Lambsquarter will grow quite tall and is great steamed, or tossed into a salad - in the old days it was called "poor man's spinach" which I actually like better than spinach.
And finally, some spring wall flowers - love the color!
Also in the garden, growing ever so slowly, is spinach, lettuce, brocolli, cauliflower, swiss chard, collard greens, parsley, and beets.
I can't wait to plant the winter squash, summer squash, and tomato plants, which are in the small green house, the carrots and beans I can seed right into the ground - at this point it is still just too cold in the evenings. I must be more patient...hopefully, fingers crossed next weekend? Praying to the weather gods...please give us a good summer this year! 🙂