digging parsnips in the spring

On Easter morning (April 21) I dug the last of my parsnips. I’ve never overwintered them before but was told they are really sweet in early spring. So I left half of my crop in the ground last fall. And, yes, they are excellent after overwintering! I roasted them with some red potatoes, and added olive oil, smoked paprika, and curry powder. Really delicious with our Easter dinner. Easter morning I also dug a couple overwintered leeks (I have to remember to go dig the rest of them soon), and…

today’s harvest

I had my first harvest of the season today. A pretty little head of red butterhead lettuce, some kalelette sprouts, and a handful of big spinach leaves. Delicious.

today’s harvest

Charley is so happy to get something other than greens from the garden. A big bunch of asparagus! I gave him the bottom ends off of them. Yummy! It’s my first year harvesting this 3 year old bed. Also in this harvest: Two small lettuce heads (Cherokee and Rhazes), some bolting arugula (still delicious), and a few leaves of a broad-leaved escarole.

Easter eggs

My chickens did a great job and laid all colors of eggs. I don’t need to dye them for the Easter basket! White, brown speckled, blue, and green. I boiled up a half dozen for deviled egg Easter appetizers. I’ll put them on a platter with my garden arugula.

today’s harvest

Today’s harvest is fresh endive, a Meyer lemon, and a couple eggs.

grinding flint corn

In my Master Gardener class last year, Roger Swain taught the vegetable gardening section. His opinion on corn is to skip growing sweet corn in a home vegetable garden since it takes up a lot of space and fresh corn is so readily available at farm stands. He grows varieties for grinding instead and demonstrated grinding corn he grew using a hand mill. Last summer I grew a small patch of flint corn in my garden – a wonderful old variety called Roy’s Calais. I wanted to try grinding it…

today’s harvest

November 6 and I’m STILL picking green beans! These are Kentucky Wonder pole beans.