Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Adventures in Container Gardening Part II: Enjoying the Fruits (and Vegetables) of My Labor

gardening, plants, nature, parenting, urban farming, locavore, outdoors, vegetables, nutrition, healthAfter 2 weeks vacation, I returned home to a jungle! My container/raised bed garden was a tangled mess of stems and vines, leaves, and yes, VEGGIES! Tons of lettuce, tomatoes, potatoes, beets and a handful of beans and peas. Here is some of the harvest along with some more great lessons I'm learning as I go along!


Beautiful beets perfect for boiling or borscht.


When harvesting lettuce, take the large leaves from the outside of the plant and leave the small inside leaves intact and rooted. They will continue to grow and yield more lettuce that if you cut off the entire plant. Once the center (core) of the lettuce starts elongating, it's time to harvest the entire plant as it will start to become bitter.



Beet greens are nutritious and delicious! Add to a salad for a punch of color or saute with onions and garlic and drizzle with balsamic or red wine vinegar for a tasty side dish.


Did you plant too many tomatoes? You can freeze them! Sliced or whole, freeze on a cookie sheet for a day or two then seal in packaging while trying to remove as much air as possible.


Can't wait for your tomatoes to turn? Here is a great post about how different ways to prepare green tomatoes:

 
After harvesting potatoes leave them on the soil for 30 minutes to 2 hours to dry before cooking.


Supper!

There is just nothing like growing your own food. It is so rewarding and teaches your kids so many great skills when you include them in the process too. Together you can grow in so many ways!

With gratitude,
L

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