Monday, 11 May 2020

Garden Springing into Life and Tuscan Rainbow Chard Ragout

The allotment garden plot is beginning to burst into life.  

So here are some selected pictures.
 Chive Blossoming, just waiting for the bumble bees to come by.
Wild strawberries and strawberries flowers under the apple tree.
The border looks good with natural wood fell that I dragged back with D.



I will be pulling out the last of the Rainbow Swiss Chard later this week to make room for the new plants this weekend.
Here is a Tuscan Rainbow Swiss Chard Ragout that I made not that long ago. Its based on and adapted from a Tuscan Kale Ragout recipe.  
Smothered in Panko and Baked in the oven.
Here are some wigwams and bean frames with peas and purple and neckar gold climbing beans.
In long container pots I have radishes, i think some of them wil be ready next week for harvesting.  I may make Radish Leaf and Radish Tartlets; Fenugreek and Radish Rice; or Asparagus and Radish Pasta Salad again or something new all together. 
 This is our carrot box.  I will be weeding it soon.
The invasive mint below the pear tree
Here is the pear tree. It looks like it may be another promising year. 
In the greenhouse the mixed lettuces are doing really well.  I have sowed them into a old drainage pipe.  Its working well.  I have another hanging off the fence in the garden. 
Gooseberries are being to fatten up, then they will turn red and then some cheeky bird will steal them. 
Handful of yellow chard that was used in Aloo, Gobi and Chard Curry.
I am sharing this blog post with Dave over at Happy Acres who hosts Harvest Monday every week.

14 comments:

  1. Wow, your garden has produced some really good stuff! Glad you are safe and well today.

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    1. Thank you e. Nothing we can eat yet though, but not too long to wait!

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  2. It does look like your garden is bursting into life. And your beans are climbing already - it's still too cold to plant them here. I hope you have a bountiful pear crop!

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    1. Thank you Dave.
      Yes, the beans are climbing - i have neckar gold that need planting too, job for this w/e. Fingers crossed for the pears, we had gusty winds last night that knocked down a load :(

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  3. Lovely photos of your garden getting ready to provide for you in a little while.
    What a tease... you left us hanging with how you may use your radish :-)

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  4. Thank you Belinda. Yes cannot wait for the first salad crop and thanks for highlighting about the radishes, i must have got distracted as it was not mean't to be a tease - so have updated the blog post with links to past radish recipes.

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  5. We are just getting past the frost season, so your garden is far more advanced than local ones here. Our herbs are still tiny little seedlings. We don't have enough sunny space to grow vegetables. Yours look beautiful

    be well... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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    1. We had frost twice in the past week, brrr the plants survived (phew) Mae, if you think my plants are advanced, you should see my neighbours !

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  6. I am envious! It's still freezing during the nights up here... so ... nothing to see in the garden ;-(
    Seeing your chive blossom makes me happy!
    And your swiss chard ragoût is tempting!
    Enjoy!

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    1. Thanks Ephee. We had frost this week twice that i had to get my hot water bottle, imagine my little plants - but the are made of harder stuff than me, as they survived. The chive blossom cheered me up too, would have been more cheery had i seen a bee bumbling around it too.

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  7. Your garden is looking lovely. I love that natural wood edging along one of your beds. My rainbow chard has just started to bolt, so I'll be pulling it out too, although I always leave a bit to flower cos the bees like it. Hope you're keeping safe xxx

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    1. Thank you Susie, Yours is too.
      My rainbow chard has begun to bolt, so its all out this week and we have been eating a lot of chard this week in lots of different dishes which i hope to share next week.

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  8. your garden is so impressive - I love the strawberries photo and then natural wood border. It is amazing how much work a garden takes but you always manage to make it into food to be proud of!

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    1. Thanks Johanna, You know compared to previous years this is the first year we are on top of things,usually we are scrabbling around trying to sow seeds and so on, but lockdown meaning staying home, meant we had time to do those things we are rushing to do. Its been good green prescription after staring at the computer way too long.

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