May 4, 2011 by Leah
I’ll start us off with some prettiness… more squash blossoms!
The potatoes are imperiled and I have no idea why. Aaron hopes it isn’t “what the Irish had.”
I finally harvested a double armful of collards because they were crushing the poppies and overshadowing the watermelons.
The collard harvest did NOT end well. I wanted to make truly Southern-style greens, and while I initially could not believe anyone would BOIL greens for 45 minutes to an HOUR, there was enough corroborating evidence that I eventually did this. I even included salt, pepper, ham, and butter. They were a disaster. We choked some down but I had to throw out like a third of the collards I’d grown so far (after washing, chopping, and cooking them). So frustrating, but a good reminder to trust my kitchen instincts. If I’d done that, I would have washed, stemmed, chopped, blanched, and frozen the majority of them for later use instead of deciding to freeze the “finished product” of my recipe experimentation.
We hadn’t seen Bed 1 for a while, so I thought I’d show off the beans (royal burgundy) and garlic. There is also spinach, cabbage, an okra plant, a tomato plant, and three remnants from last winter: a carrot, a green onion, and a beet or something similar.
The sheer amount of greenness in these beds makes me happy, as do the pretty beginnings of flowers on the squash, tomatoes, peppers, and marigolds. I think the beans (which I think are blue lakes) are next, and I can’t wait.