THE WINTER GARDEN

Gathered in the garden ready for cooking chicken broth is wild three cornered leek, cut and come back celery (a plant that is two years old and doing great) and oca which I have been growing for some years and which is a Peruvian root vegetable.

Due to all the rough weather we have been experiencing lately, and also due to the indoor work which we were completing I had not been much in our garden to check on things and certainly did not do any work in it. But between the two latest storms I did go out and took stock of what needs doing and what is growing right now and it seems that we have quite a bit going for us, there is more food to be found there than at first one would think. And so I have become encouraged and excited to get going. I plan to grow as much as I can fit, because my plan is to preserve some surplus harvest and to that end I bought some Kilner jars today. When I was growing up every housewife used to preserve a variety of foods in those jars. My mother did this until she was well in her eighties.

I am chitting our potatoes, last summer my grandchildren and I dug up the potatoes that I had grown, the excitement this caused was so much fun that I decided to grow some more this season!

ODE TO THE DANDELION

I’ve loved Dandelions all my life, they are bright, beautiful, yellow, and very delicate if you look at them closely. And they flower early in spring, and grow everywhere in the wild. I remember picking a bunch of them when I was six years old, for my mum, who had just given birth to one of my siblings, I did not then realise how much of a stain they can leave on your hands. The leaves are lovely used in a salad, and from the roots you can make a good coffee substitute that you can drink for a healthy liver.
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And a detail of some of the petals and stamens.

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These are the flowers of the wild onion, beautiful white flowers with a green stripe along it’s petals.  And today in the mini greenhouse the temperature rouse to 10* Celsius.

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Young shoots of the Lady’s Mantel, and the Chives, great to see those in the garden.

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My patch of Garlic is coming on well, they won’t be harvested until well into the autumn.  Among the Garlic is growing some fresh Goose grass (Cleavers) which I want to use this year, in the soup.   I harvested a good amount of spinach for tonight’s dinner, it was delicious.

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And so another week is over, and we are coming closer to real spring starting, here it is said that once St.Patrick’s day (17th of March) is over one can start to sow outside.  My seedlings inside the house are absolutely rearing to get going, they are getting stronger by the day, it’s a joy to watch them grow.  Even the Holy Basil has now sprouted.