Clever garden!

Back in March we put down a couple wooden raised beds at The Glen House. We filled them with compost and top soil and then the real fun began!

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We planted lettuce, salad onions and cabbages. We covered them with netting to stop the birds getting at them. Month after month we fed and watered them and watched them grow.

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A member of the cabbage family, Curly kale is very common. Instead of forming a head, the leaves grow in a loose rosette at the top of a stem. The leaves are green, sometimes tinged with blue or purple, and their flavour is strong and distinct.

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The lettuce grew beautifully next to the salad onions. They have a relatively mild onion flavour, and can be used as a vegetable, either raw or cooked. Seemingly, the best to harvest the lettuce is in the morning before leaves have been exposed to sun!!

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Finally, nearly three months later the veg was ready to harvest.

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It was a slow process to go through all the veg, but well worth it! I washed and prepared everything that was picked and froze a large portion of it so that I can have fantastic greens all year round.

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It’s vegetarian week at Angie’s place, so I’m bringing the rest of my delicious crop over to the party at Fiesta Friday.

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Melissa xx

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50 thoughts on “Clever garden!

  1. Isn’t kale great? If you just snip off the outer leaves it just keeps growing and growing. Good move freezing some of it. I harvested so much kale last year my husband forbade me to cook it anymore. Ha! I planted swiss chard instead this year but shhh he doesn’t need to know quite yet 🙂

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  3. Oh my gosh. I can just smell the fresh turned earth and the damp green smell of garden. They look wonderful! My mom used to freeze our garden crops too. Happy Fiesta Friday!

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  4. That’s just terrific, Melissa! I love looking at the progression photos of your garden. I have a garden, too, but I can’t seem to get organized the way you are. That’s why I’m the novice gardener, haha…

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  5. I must have been dizzy with all the sweets around me, Melissa!

    Nothing compares with fresh veggies from your garden! I wish I have a green thumb like yours, too! Thank you for sharing these beauties and we look forward to seeing more! Have a wonderful weekend, Melissa! ❤

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  6. I have garden envy! Thank you for sharing the photos of your garden, and your garden’s bounty. I also can’t wait to see what else is growing, and what you make with the produce!

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  7. You can freeze greens? How does that work when they thaw? What can they be used for? Around here we just pick as we go, using outer leaves until the plant ‘bolts’.

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