A meal from the garden

Sounds perfect, doesn’t it? Today I made spot prawns with bokchoy and peas from my garden. OK the prawns were from the ocean but you know, the vegetable part was grown by me;)

A few of you have asked me how to use bokchoy (aka: pac choi) so I’m here to tell you!

In this case my bokchoy bolted so I haven’t been eating the stem as its very fibreous, better off for a nice animal with large teeth. Instead I’ve been peeling the leaves off and frying them.

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It’s a lot like spinach in that it shrinks down and goes a bit limp when you heat it. I added some water and soy sauce and fried them up for about 5 minutes. I added my lovely snow peas in at the end.

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This is what the end result looked like!

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I’m generally NOT the type of person to take photos of my food but I don’t buy expensive seafood everyday, and this was my first pea harvest…so I had to!

Are your vegetables harvesting? What’s your favorite meal to cook? What do you make with the food from your garden? Happy eating and growing, blogger friends 😄🌱🍴

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Bokchoy Friday

Ahh more harvesting! While I was away for a few days my bokchoy, aka pac choi, BOLTED. As you can see in the pictures the stems did not bulk up as I thought they would, instead the stems grew in height and grew pretty yellow flowers. I attribute the bolting to the weather. It was very warm, then very cold.
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The yellow flowers are delicious though! And the leaves are fantastic and taste incredibly like store bought bokchoy (but 100 times better).

How are your gardens coming along? Has anything bolted? Failures? What have you harvested?

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Garden update!

It’s time for a garden update! I was away for the weekend and came home to quite the treat…radishes!!! These radishes are the first harvest of the year, besides the onion some creature dug up.

I’ve also taken photos of my other veggies to show you all how they’re coming along.

First, the tomatoes are about the same size, likely due to lack of heat…boo, hopefully they pick up soon. Come to us, sunshine! 🍅🍅
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Below you can see our onions are very floppy…the green stems resemble fainting goats. Does anyone know if this is a normal thing for growing onions to do?

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Floppy yellow onions

The bokchoy is tall, but thin. I assume the stems are on the cusp of bulking up. Here’s hoping! Unfortunately as you can see something is eating the bokchoy leaves (damn you creatures, damn you!). There’s many wood bugs roaming around…perhaps they are the culprits?
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Carrots, oh yes carrots! They’re doing well, looking more like carrots everyday. They are about 4 inches tall. All I want is one purple carrot ☺
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Not pictured are my beautiful and lively pea plants which are about 5 feet tall.

How is your garden coming along? Have you harvested anything in the last week? I am so excited to hear about your garden adventures and maybe learn something from you as well! I can’t explain the feeling of excitement when these radishes came out of the ground; so rewarding! 🌱🌱

Tomato Time!

Tomatoes! 🍅 One of the main reasons I wanted to start a garden this year. Delicious little gems that often grow bountiful yields. My mom planted three plants last year and got literally thousands of little cherry tomatoes…I was inspired.

This year I’ve chosen 5 varieties of tomatoes. Each one is a test, as I don’t have a clue what will do well in my garden.

1) Early Cascade
2) Cherry Yellow Pear
3) Red Grape
4) Money Maker(larger)
5) Sweet Million

My gardener friend gave me 2 mystery tomato plants which will no doubt produce some fruits as well. I will be spacing my planting dates apart so they don’t start producing tomatoes all at once. Thus far I’ve planted my Early Cascade and 1 mystery plant. Later this week I’ll plant the rest. I have been cutting off the lower stems and burying 2/3 of the plant, this is supposed to help the plant grow stronger.

Have you planted any of these tomato plants? Did you have success? Happy growing 🍅🌱

The first seeds of the year

It’s that time of year! My spring/summer seeds have gone into the soil about 3 weeks ago and by now have all germinated and are visibly growing. In my last post I explained that I’ve always wanted to start my own vegetable garden, and this year I’m fortunate to be able to do it!

We started by building a 12ft by 4ft raised bed (photo below), which is 8 inches deep. Next I asked my friend for some of his farms aged horse manure which should produce a good crop

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On April 17th I planted the following:
Radishes, bokchoy (aka pac choi), snow peas, snap peas, yellow onions and a variety of carrots.

Three weeks later, this is what they looked like!

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The radishes should be ready to harvest in the next 1-2 weeks, bokchoy in the next 2-3 weeks. Carrots take much longer to grow, along with onions and peas. However the pea plants have doubled in size already!

The one possible issue has been the dreaded cabbage white butterfly. I’ve seen what I think is that beast landing on my bokchoy, hopefully not laying eggs anywhere near my plants. I’ve done some reading and apparently their larvae love nibbling on leaves. No, no! Be gone! To attract happier less beast like creatures I’ve planted some flower seeds. Who knows when they’ll transform into flowers though. Come to me, bees!

Next to be planted is TOMATOES! 🍅 I’m extra excited for tomatoes because they’re my favorite veggie…fruit(?!). I’ve bought several different types of tomato plants, so tune in later this week for a tomato post. Cheers, friends! Any tips or questions are more than welcome 🍷