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Fresh From the Garden

grow your own organic kale

For gardeners there is little that is more satisfying than looking at your dinner plate and thinking, we grew these spuds, tomatoes and/or salad greens.  We are literally eating the fruits of our labour and we are enjoying it so much we just don't want the fresh supply to come to an end.  Luckily as we harvest the last of the spinach or broccoli plants we create a spot for some new little transplants of lettuce, broccoli or swiss chard to grow.  The best veggies to re-plant now are kale, broccoli, cauliflower, swiss chard and many types of lettuce.

This week I will harvest our garlic that we planted last fall.  Nigel pulled up a couple of our plants a week or so ago and they were wonderful.  Last fall we planted Russian Red, Elephant and white garlic as well as some new varieties.  If you haven't planted garlic before start eyeing up a sunny, well drained area for your fall planting, it really is so simple to grow.  Our garlic bulbs will be available in early September when the daffodils and tulips arrive.

How were your berry crops?  Our raspberries and strawberries bore a bumper crop.  Once the raspberries have finished producing you can cut out the canes that bore the fruit.  Leave the fresh new canes as this is where the berries will develop next year (or in the fall in the case of ever bearing raspberries).

The cool spring meant that our early blooming plums didn't set much of a crop this season but our later blooming Italian Prune Plums as well as our apple trees are loaded.  Last year we added two espaliered Liberty Apple trees to our little orchard.  As recommended we removed the fruit before it could mature but look forward to a small crop next summer.  If you would like to add more fruit trees to your garden it is a great time to choose the spot but wait until after the third week of September, when it is cooler, to transplant.  Careful consideration should go into fruit varieties and pollination.  I can't recommend the Liberty apples highly enough.  They are the best choice for our wet west coast weather and the fruit is delicious.  There are also all kinds of fancy edibles you can grow.  Fruits such as figs, quince, goji berries and honey berries are popular with home gardeners these days.

But I think it is time for me to go harvest something for our dinner.  I'll dig some spuds then I'll pick some kale greens, a cucumber, tomatoes, broccoli florets and chives to make a simple green salad and top it with a simple vinaigrette dressing.

Salad made fresh from the garden 

Simple Vinaigrette Dressing

1 clove garlic
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 to 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
teaspoon of unpasteurized honey
sea salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste

You can get fancier by adding some any of the following to the salad:-
herbs
sliced pear
blueberries
bluecheese
dried cranberries