My Edible Garden

I've been gardening for most of my life and have been a devoted fan of organic gardening the whole time. It just makes so much more sense to work in harmony with Mother Nature than to fight her. Besides which it is better for the planet and better for our bodies. Here you can see what I'm planting and harvesting, with gardening hints and resources thrown in for good measure.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Harvest Monday

lettuce & other greens in the greenhouse
Well, another Harvest Monday rolls around. This blog hop is sponsored by Daphne's Dandelions and is a great way to connect with gardeners all around the world.

Most of this week has been more of the same; more lettuce, chard, spinach, lambs quarters, chickweed, and sorrel in the salad, with two additions some days.

Claytonia and Mache
There is a little bit of Claytonia, aka, Miner's Lettuce, and some Mache, also known as Lamb's Lettuce. Miner's Lettuce is a crunchy succulent plant, basically an edible weed native to California. Lamb's Lettuce is a winter weed in grain fields in Europe. It has a soft filmy texture with an unusual sweet taste. Both volunteered in a bed where they were grown in 2009.

Dwarf Grey Sugar Peas with rat damage

The Dwarf Grey Sugar peas in the greenhouse are really coming on now. However, as you can see some dead branches in the picture. This is caused by rats chewing through the stems low down, killing the whole branch above. I have now trapped 11 rats in here since January 1. I think Ratatouille's whole family is living under my house!

Snapdragons and peas

Here are a couple of snapdragons in a hanging basket engulfed by the pea plants. I grew the snapdragons from seed last fall. I really like the darker pink/red/maroon ones and will take cuttings of those later one to make more of them.

Society Garlic blooms

The Society Garlic in the greenhouse is blooming again, a lovely mild addition to a salad.

Besides all of these things I pulled the last of the orange carrots and replanted the bed to lettuce and radishes and harvested some cooking greens.

It's been quite warm, in the high 70's here and I"ve had to keep the greenhouse open as much as I could so it wouldn't overheat. Then today I woke up to heavy rain, which turned to snow and then into pea sized hail! What crazy weather; we're expecting freezing lows the next 2-3 nights so I've brought all the tomato and tender herb plants into the house from the greenhouse to keep them safe.
Front sidewalk in the hail storm

In less than five minutes the ground was white. I'm hoping it didn't do too much damage to things outdoors.


  1. That is the kind of March weather typical for NYS. But it's not in our forecast though I'm not ready to trust this crazy weather. Nice greeens!


  2. Love your society garlic, I'll have to find some seeds, never grown it before. I lost my rare Harbin peas to strong gusty wind yesterday, crazy weather, it's suppose to snow later today.

  3. Very nice contrasting weather! Your greens make me wish my were further along.. it doesn't seem to be working, though. I can wait. Only a few more weeks now.

  4. You definitely have some changeable weather. Hope you get rid of the rats soon.

  5. Sorry about the rat damage to your plants, hope you are able to eleminate them. Lovely varieties in your greenhouse.

  6. We had a rat invasion last year under our house and they chewed through water pipes before we got them eradicated. They really can make a mess of things.

    Your greenhouse plantings look wonderful and healthy. I bet it is a comfortable and comforting place to spend time.

  7. Your peas doing so great in the cold!