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Tuesday, May 5, 2009

The first eats from the garden!

I did not think I would have anything to write about for a few more days then while doing the daily rounds thru the garden we found two new things going on.
Chance pulled the first of our Radishes.We planted the mix called Easter Egg because I am always in to color.And as a mother I sometimes hope by presenting a veggie in a new and off the wall color the boys might try something that they have not liked in the past.Chance pulled red,purple,pinkish and a bi-colored one.They will be a nice snack to add to our dinner tonight. I am hoping when the next round is ready Chance will make El Salvadorean Clam Salsa which is super good and calls for radishes.I am including the reciepe below.Our friend Katy at City Chicken loves this salsa.

Elmer's El Salvadorean Clam Salsa
From: Salsas,Sambals,Chutneys & Chowchows by: Chris Schlesinger and John Willoughby

1 Cup minced clams fresh or canned
1/3 Cup Lime juice about 2 1/2 limes
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1/2 red onion diced small
5 radishes diced small
1 ripe tomatoe diced small
1/4 Cup chopped cilantro
6-10 shots of Tabasco sauce depending on your desire for heat
salt and pepper to taste.

Mix it all together.Will keep in the fridge for 2 days but best used right away.
Serve with chips or the best is on Saltines.

The second discovery was our Bok Choy has bolted.I have read that Bok Choy can be fussy but I thought it meant about heat.We have had such a crazy winter and spring that I am surprised what is growing is.I think next year I will plant a different type of Asian greens.
Now I have a whole in my garden beds.I will have to figure out what to put in to replace the Bok Choy with.I may put in for now some more Cilantro,more Cilantro is always good .
The chickens are good.The meat birds are growing faster than I thought they would and flying already.The big hens are laying 4 eggs a day!
Theres not a lot going on around here right now.The weather has been so wet and pouring that getting out has been well, soggy.We pick up our tomato and pepper plants this weekend.I am leaving them in a sunny window for a couple more weeks.I never plant tomatoes before the last weekend in May.And with the weather the way it is I'd rather be safe than sorry.


  1. Those are pretty radishes! I didn't know you could be harvesting bok choi already. I should have planted some!

    It's weird about raccoons. There were tons more in the city than here. They seemed to live under everybody's deck in the city. Haven't seen one yet here.


  2. I found your blog through down to earth and I just love reading your stories and pics. In some of the pictures of your garden you have what looks like raised beds made from hay. Is that right? I'm trying to come up with creative ideas for raised beds and yours look so nice.


  3. Tiffany,Our garden this year and for the next is planted in Hay Bales.This is a new idea to us but is proving to be easy and beautiful also.There are lots of web sites out there regarding the Hay Bale Gardening,just Google Hay Bale Gardening and many should come up. I also posted in February about how we have gone about it.
    Thanks for the positive feed back and I hope you come back.