Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Monday, June 28, 2010
Monday, June 7, 2010
This week, we used our chard and spinach to cook a great dish - chard, white beans, and tomatoes. It is great to have enough chard and spinach to cook. We made so much, we will even have leftovers. This is our first time making this recipe (which we cut out of the newspaper years ago). It was simple and wonderful.
I love the fact that a larger portion of our meals are coming from the garden. And more to come!
Monday, May 31, 2010
This week we harvested our first snow peas. I love growing these - they are easy and prolific. Also, they can be expensive to buy, so they are great vegetable to have in your garden.
Last year, I dried some of the seeds and used them this year. At first, it seemed like they were not going to come up, but they did eventually. Not sure why it took so long - probably the weird weather we have had this spring. But once they sprouted, they started growing like crazy.
It always feels like it takes forever to get the first snow peas. The peas were planted on March 24, but the plants did not start flowering until last weekend. However, once they start flowering, snow peas start coming quickly.
This first harvest will go in a stir fry later this week. Can't wait.
We also harvested spinach and lettuce this week. What's ready for harvest in your garden?
Saturday, May 15, 2010
Saturday, May 8, 2010
The park service is working to rid the 1900 acres of invasive species and restore the site to a natural serpentine habitat. As part of this process they are doing controlled burns to protect the native grasslands. The site contains 39 rare or endangered plant species, including the serpentine chickweed which was in bloom.
The barrens are underlain by serpentinite, a rock that contains very little quartz and aluminum-bearing minerals and consists mainly of serpentine. When serpentinite weathers most of the rock dissolves leaving behind a thin, sand- and clay-poor soil which is easily eroded. Therefore the land surface over serpentinites is stony, unfertile and sparsely vegetated - hence the term "serpentine barren." Typically a serpentine barren contains scrub oak and pine, cedar, grasses and some unique and rare wildflowers.