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Saturday, February 19, 2011
What Organic Gardeners Eat For Lunch
A basketful of freshness is as close as a few steps into the garden.
Spring-like weather in Central Florida is signaling the edible garden to come alive in all its glory.
Cool season vegetables like Blue Curled Scotch Kale (Baker Creek Heirloom seeds) planted in November are all of a sudden putting on growth quickly.
Wando Garden Peas (Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds) are responding to plenty of warmth and sunshine while loving the cool nights.
Georgia Southern Collards (Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds) are truly effortless to grow! Really. They are. And if you like greens ~~ their mild, tender leaves will remind you how glad you are to be southern.
Succession planting of a few cooler season edibles were seeded this week:
Petite Rouge Lettuce (Baker Creek)
Little Gem Lettuce (Baker Creek)
Carrot Sweet Treat Hybrid (Burpee)
Radish Cherry Belle (Pinetree Garden Seeds)
Spinach Monstrueux De Viroflay (Baker Creek)
Only a couple of warm season edibles were also seeded:
Rattlesnake Pole Bean (Baker Creek)
Blue Lake Bush Beans (Baker Creek)
Bartering space for squashes and cukes ... hopefully next week I'll get those in the ground.
Bulbine as a perennial border offers plenty of nectar for visiting pollinators.
Existing edibles received another side dressing of Peruvian Seabird Guano Pellets for another layer of organic fertilizer.
Besides the beauty of being in the garden this time of year there is another remarkable gift it affords. It is one of simplicity and yet so ultimately satisfying!
Decide to take a break and cull a harvest right from the ground to prepare a meal. A healthy organic garden salad for lunch in a matter of minutes. From garden to table. What could be better!
What's your favorite edible from the garden? I know I'll be happy to have bush beans again this spring.