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! 🙂

Ina Gawne
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12 comments on “IN THE GARDEN MAY 2011”

  1. Wow, how fantastic, Ina! You are doing really great with your plants. Sending good thoughts to the weather gods for you. 🙂 BTW, I had no idea on Lambs Quarters being tastier than spinach. Very cool!

    1. Thanks Shirley - back to another gray day today, oh well. I think Lambsquarter is one of those greens you either like or don't like - I love it!

  2. What a beautiful garden. I have never heard of the celery thing. I will have to try it, it would be a fun experiment with my son.

    1. Thanks Tracee - I did not have a garden when my kids were is so good to get them involved so they can watch their plants grow!

  3. Your lambsquarter looks very much like the NZ native spinach that has recently 'appeared' in our veg garden. I will take a photo so you can see.
    I love it.
    I had no idea you could do that with celery - I will try and remember to do that next season x

  4. Your garden looks so nice, Ina, I love gardening myself but only have a balcony and since a week we have a communal picking garden where the neigbourhood I live in will try to grow fruits, herbs and veggies!

    1. That is wonderful! We too have a lovely farmers market with fresh organic fruit and veggies....whatever I do not grow I can buy from them - so, so good!

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May 24, 2011