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Category: Meals | Posted: Thu Aug 16, 2007 5:52 am
I have been more active in the garden than I have been in blogging about the garden; maybe joining the GardenStew forums will stimulate me to be more active in keeping a garden journal. :)
Tonight was the weekly Union Hotel community meal. Harvested from the Garden of Union:
* 2 zucchini: one 8-1/2" long, 3-1/2" at the widest end; one 9" long, 3" at the widest end. I was a bit worried about letting them get so big, but last week they were half the size! Anyway, both were as sweet and crisp as the 6" ones we've harvested.
* 5 lemon cucumbers. Two had more bright yellow striping than the others. All tasted equally ripe.
* 2 Oriental Express cucumbers: one about 12" long and 1" diameter, one 6" and distorted, with a 1/2" wide pinch in the middle and a 2" wide bulge at the end. They tasted equally delicious.
* At least 3 dozen cherry tomatoes, and three small Early Girls.
* Eight nasturtiums. I also picked a lot of borage blossoms, some petunias and pansies, a calendula, a yellow marigold, three Tangerine Gem french marigolds, a dozen clover heads, and our last large Cosmos bloom.
* A dozen young nastrutium leaves.
* Radish thinnings; about 2" high, very little root, leaves still tender. About six of those.
* Greens: a lot of Red Russian kale, a few leaves of Bright Lights Swiss Chard, a couple of Bull's Blood beet leaves, some Magenta Spreen lambsquarters, cornsalad, redleaf lettuce, a few other remaining mescluns, and the younger leaves of our volunteer dandelions.
* One onion that has begun shouldering out of its bed; about half-grown, very sweet, with all the greens still tender.
* A lot of basil, including the flowering stalks.
* One lone strawberry. I doubt if anyone noticed it. :-D
-- enough for a big bowl of very colorful salad, with the nasturtiums on top. There are lots of other salad recipes, but the simple tossed salad seems easiest, and is still popular.
One of our residents insists that clover leaves are edible, but I want to verify that before I throw them in a salad.
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