Monday, May 21, 2012

How to Harvest Kale plus a Great Recipe!

I love kale! It's a super food as far as I'm concerned, and if harvested correctly it will provide throughout the season maybe even into the next ( the kale in my garden was planted in October and is still going it's May ) Here's a simple video on harvesting kale and here's a recipe from my friend who writes a great blog with super yummy recipes, check her out My Judy the Foodie.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

How to harvest broccoli rabe

I'm trying to keep in mind that even though I can show you how to grow things I have to remember to show you how to harvest them. Many crops if harvested the right way will provide multiple harvests. So here's one of those veggies that just keeps on giving and I'm including the most basic recipe as well. So enjoy your broccoli rabe!

Broccoli Rabe
Olive oil
Fresh garlic
Pinch of sea salt

Rinse broccoli rabe in cool water towel dry lightly. Saute garlic and oil quickly do not let it brown. Add broccoli rabe and and stir with wooden spoon during cooking until color of broccoli rabe is dark green. Add pinch of sea salt. Do not over cook as soon as it's dark green pull off heat and serve with fresh pasta. YUM!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

A New Spring "Don't Force It"

Okay so my motto used to be "Grow Something Anywhere", not anymore. You see not every plant will grow just anywhere. Often when we are planning gardens or deciding where to integrate veggies into our landscapes we force plants to be in the wrong spaces. Planning is important, and providing your plants with their sunlight and soil requirements are essential. Two super handy resources I keep by my side that help me throughout the planning process are "Garden Anywhere" by Alyce Fowler and "the Edible Front Yard" by Ivette Soler. Check them out, my new motto for this weeks blog is "Don't Force It." Give your plants what they need, southern exposure is best, plant the tallest plants on the north side of your beds as to not shadow your other plants. Companion planting is great, your plants not only will help protect each other from predators but enhance each others flavors if grown together. There are whole books on companion planting but if your in a pinch and want a shortcut check out . So don't force it, plant your seedlings and starters where they will grow best. 
Last year I planted this garden with basil and tomatoes next to each other, not only do they taste good when eaten together but basil actually enhances the flavor of your tomatoes when growing. Basil is also said to repel flies from the tomato plants. I always plant anything in the onion family near any lettuce I grow, the onions repel aphids from eating your lettuce. Plant oregano near broccoli or cucumbers to repel beetles.
Got any tips? Please share and happy gardening!