The Potager

The Potager

Saturday, May 30, 2015

The end of May

People have been asking me how the garden is growing. In spite of a late start, things are looking good.
Last night I harvested asparagus, arugula and strawberries. We have been enjoying arugula salads for a while now. And we have also been enjoying fresh strawberries on our oatmeal daily.
 Tonight I harvested kale ( plus a few asparagus and more strawberries).

We never get enough asparagus each day for a meal, but I store it and every three days we enjoy Asparagus with our dinner!
The kale has been growing under a protective row cover (along with collards, eggplant and zucchini) to protect it against this little critter:
This is a cabbage worm. Since I protected everything else against it, it decided to eat my arugula. They are tenacious critters!
The kale is safe inside the row cover, along with it''s companions. It will stay on until the zucchini and eggplant begin to blossom.
Hopefully by then all those plants will be strong enough to survive whatever insects come along.
Tonight, the very clean and bug free kale was served up in Garlicky Kale and White Beans, a recipe from one of my favorite books, Vegetables Every Day by Jack Bishop. Along with grilled ham steaks, it was a lovely garden meal. With  fresh-picked strawberries and whipped cream for dessert.  Life in the garden at the end of May is good!

"Spring being a tough act to follow,
God created June."
-  Al Bernstein 

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