Edible Landscape Update
Blueberries started ripening this week! We harvest a bowl full every day. I highly reccommend growing blueberries. The shrub is pretty in the landscape, and it gives you an organic food that can be pricey at the store. Grow 2 or more plants (they need to grow near each other to pollinate) in full sun in rich, well drained soil.
We have more Chard growing than we can use. I’m going to give some to friends & neighbors. Chard looks really pretty in the garden, and it’s delicious in so many dishes. Any recipe you can think of where you might use spinach, you can use chard instead. I’m going to make a Chard Lasagna later today with homemade ricotta cheese.
The lettuces are all getting big and I harvest from them every day. I have lettuces growing here there and everywhere, in all shapes and colors. The red ones are amazingly beautiful in the garden!. When it gets hot they’ll start to wilt and die away, so we’re enjoying salad from the garden while we have it.
The purple beans are from a dried purple bean pod that dropped last fall. I love volunteer plants. Beans like warm temps, but these are in a protected spot so they think it’s summer.
Beets are another crop I will always grow from now on. This is my first year growing beets successfully. Give them plenty of room to grow, loose loamy soil, water well, and fertilize when needed. The leaves are delicious in a salad when they’re small, and sautéed when they get a little bigger. I can’t wait to pull beets out of the ground!