Saturday, July 23, 2011

Time to start fall garden

If you have any room left in your garden, now is a good time to plant again. You can plant peas, spinach, lettuce parsley, onions and leeks and cabbage. Also cilantro for making salsa in September. The seedlings will need some extra care; cover with shade cloth or plant them near taller plants. Be sure to water frequently.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Picking herbs is good for them

This is great weather for tomatoes, sunny and hot just how they like it. We should get a bumper crop of very red tomatoes, packed with flavor. But herbs are taking the heat. Watering is very important now. Picking herbs and greens helps prevent them from forming seeds. The best way to pick parsley, and many herbs and leafy vegetables, is to snip the whole leaf and stem from the stock. Sometimes you can twist them off, when you pick parsley and Swiss chard.
Basil's a little different. You should cut the stock or branch, just above leaves, well below the leaves you want to harvest. Picking in late morning is the best time of day, especially for greens and herbs.
Pick leaves often to prevent the plants from going to seed. Because once they go to seed, many of the plants lose their herbiness flavor.
For Rosemary and sage, cut 5 inch branches and hang to air dry or chop and freeze in herb ice cubes or clumps in a freezer bag.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

When life gives you parsley, make Tabouleh

What do you do with all that fresh parsley?  Well you can garnish everybody's plates with it, including breakfast. I don't recommend it for cereal though. Or you can make tabouleh. Here's my garden fresh recipe for it. I had to buy the tomatoes and cucumbers.  At the bottom is a link to a hummus recipe, because they go together well.

1/2 c bulgar, cover with boiling water for 30 minutes, then strain very well.
1 1/2 cup of chopped parsley, maybe more
1/2 cup diced green onion
1/2 cup diced cucumber
1 cup diced tomatoes
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup olive oil
salt and pepper
1 Tablespoon fresh mint, optional
Mix ingredients and serve or refrigerate.