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Garden Update Mid-May

Progress was actually made in my garden this weekend.  Yes, really.  I diagnosed the two types of plants growing in my shaded bed from last years plants, I planted some more seeds and I bought some tomato starts and planted those.  I also collected my first harvest.

So let’s see, first those plants from last year.  I determined through taste and research that these are collards and curly endive.  Makes sense, I did plant both of those last year, yet they never took last year so I am not really sure how the plants survived…and then decided to grow this year.  But I have about three of each kind.

Collards
Collards
Curly endive, also known as chicory
Curly endive, also known as chicory
Mint growing from last year
Mint growing from last year

Next I planted some fresh seeds that I bought on Friday.  I planted a good number of sweet basil plants and parsley so that I can make as much caprese, pesto, and gremolata as I please later this summer.  Normally I buy basil and parsley starts but I want a lot so I thought I would try them as seeds this year.  We will see how they do but they are both in full sun areas.  I also planted buttercrunch lettuce seeds (yum) and more Detroit dark beets, because I want those damn beets to grow.  Especially now that I have learned to cook borscht.  But geez they are so good roasted and hot or roasted and cooled for a salad and I have also learned how good the beet greens are.  Please grow!

And today I bought four tomato starts at PCC because theirs looked good and they had them priced at 2 for $3 which I thought was a steal.  I got four varieties:  beefsteak, big boy, orange blossom, and one that I think is a variety/mutant plant.  I love heirloom tomatoes and pretty tomatoes that you can’t usually buy in the store and I am hoping that is what I get.  I’ve learned my lesson and have planted them in full sun.  If they can grow in Michigan they should be able to grow here in Seattle if I give them the sun and water they need.

Orange Blossom
Orange Blossom
Big Boy
Big Boy
Beefsteak
Beefsteak
Mutant
Mutant

And I’m determined for all to grow and I have watered the seeds and starts both of the past two days.  Those endive plants had several large leaves that needed to be picked, to encourage new growth, so I did and washed those really good and popped them in the fridge.  I tried a leaf first to know how it tastes and whether to use it in salad form or cooked.  I will be cooking them.  To me they remind me exactly of kale so they are bitter but I think cooked down with butter or EVOO and garlic I think they could be quite tasty, but we will see if I truly like them.  Hoping for some gardening success this summer.

Chelsea

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