May 2013 Week 5: more harvest

Garden is leaping ahead of me and I am having hard time keeping up with pace. Rains from last week and warm sunshine this week is perfect formula for growing things. I am just visiting garden infrequently to quickly pick few things here and there. Nothing new is being sown/transplanted yet.

Methi needed harvesting, I planted in a small pot. It wasn’t;t growing much and I used it to make Methi thepalas.

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Methi

 

Later Tuesday, picked parsley to garnish Uttapa I was making. It’s so nice to just step out, pick garnish and enjoy!

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Parsley for Garnish

 

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And more sorrel picking continues, this time with some herbs – Mint and Rosemary

 

My blog looks so GREEN lately, can’t wait to add more RED to it. Waiting for strawberries and raspberries to ripe…

May 2013 Week 4: Harvest update

Busy week at work is keeping me away from gardening, it will continue for another couple weeks. I am going to garden just to harvest few things here and there. My next couple posts will be only harvest updates.

 

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Dinner salad is baby spinach, kale, chard, arugula and lettuce – butter crunch and red sails. I topped it with walnuts, cranberries, some apple and drizzle of goddess dressing from Trader Joe’s.

 

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Sorrel picking

Also picked 2 bunches of sorrel to share with friends.

Happy Gardening!

May 2013 Week 3: Mid Spring update

Seattle has returned to its gray pattern over last week and it’ll stay for another 1-2 weeks. Gray pattern translates to mild weather – highs into 50s or 60s, abundant rain gray clouds, few sun breaks here and there. Not exactly ‘setting out tomato’ weather. Cool crops are loving it though.

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Raspberries along the fence

 

I noticed raspberries are flowering and bees were busy around them. I never trim biennial canes in fall, I have to admit – I have not learned which ones are done producing for 2 years. I always do this chore in spring. I weeded this patch a little bit and removed dead canes.

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Incidentally, peas are in need of support (I am too lazy to build a trellis, I had planned it for this year but it’s too late now). In spirit of re-using, old canes were immediately repurposed to support peas.

 

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Pea supports – Raspberry canes

Around the garden, spring crops are taking shape. Lettuce mix, spinach, pak choi are beyond 4-5 leaf stage. I can expect few young leaves harvested next week. Some of the overwintered chard plants are setting out seed stalks, I’ll harvest leaves and pull them out.

Sorrel is loving this cool weather, warm sun and bursts of rain is helping. I can see much of the sorrel is sending out seed stalks. I have promptly removed the seed stalks so plant can re-focus on new leaf growth.

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cupful of methi

This week, I got a bowlful of fenugreek that was growing in container. It got burned a little in scorching heat we has 2 weeks back. Fenugreek was used in methi thepalas made on Friday.

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Also, got a bunch of chives, used in making chives pesto.

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More sorrel was harvested, again shared with friends.

Next week brings more rain and less sun. I expect to spend little time in garden except for some harvest.

Here’s what sown this week:
Marigold

What’s harvested last week? 
Methi – 1 bunch – made into Thepalas
Chives – 1 bunch – made into pesto
Sorrel – 1 bunch – shared with friends

Happy Gardening!

May Garden Tour – II

Garden is filling up fast, new sprouts and seedlings are emerging. Empty spots of couple weeks back are filling up fast. This warrants for quick garden tour.

I have 2 beds along wall side of the house, they get morning sun, shaded rest of the day.

This is bed 1 – Walla Walla onions, Red Sais Lettuce, Red Choi, some spinach, Parsely, chard, kale and mostly Sorrel. I harvested 4-5 big bunches of sorrel 2 days back, given to neighbor and friends.

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Walla Walla onions, Red Sais Lettuce, Red Choi, some spinach, Parsely, chard, kale and mostly Sorrel

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Lettuce blend in shoebox containers


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Bed 2 – Broccoli (packman), redbor and lacinto kale, buttercrunch lettuce, chard and sugar anne peas

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Potato growing in gallon buckets, this is red potato variety. Potatoes in black buckets are growing at incredible speed than those in terracotta pots or ground
Inside the box on right are various spinach, arugula, kale, lettuce seedlings.

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Fenugreek growing in bucket, this soon to be harvested as leaves are turning color.

Enjoy! 

May 2013 Week 2: It’s hot

Last week was Hot and it’s May in PNW. It’s unbelievable.

I have spent about a decade here and my memory of May is cold, soggy, foggy, sluggy garden. It’s far from that right now. Temps are teasing 80s and did I mention it’s HOT? I am as confused as weather, should I be planting out tomatoes yet? should I seed beans and squash? There’s always fear of temps going back to 50s but will it?

I am spending way more time outdoors – walking, hiking and not so much in garden. There are plentiful harvests though.

I harvested this bunch of sorrel and used with pasta, turned out too lemony for my taste.

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Sorrel

Plants are on fast pace with good dose of warmth and sunshine. On Thursday, harvested big bunches of Sorrel, shared with neighbors. Also harvested overwintered beets & greens, as well big bunch of chard. I made Chard + beets bhaji, made into 2 portions and froze one for later use

 

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Top row: Sorrel in both buckets
Bottom row, from left: Chard bunch and overwintered beets

Here’s what sown this week:
Peppers: Banana, hot peppers, sweet peppers, saved seeds from Indian round peppers, Takis Sweet, early Jalapeno

What’s harvested last week?
Rainbow Chard – 1 bunch – made into Bhaji
Beets & Greens – 1 bunch – made into Bhaji
Sorrel – 2 bunches – shared with neighbors

Happy Gardening!

 

Hiking Rattlesnake Ledge

Adding more of the Hiking photo tour to this blog. We, family of 4 ascended Rattlesnake ledge late Friday evening. We started at 5 PM and were back by 8:30 PM to our car. Enjoy photo tour of our climbing adventure.

Rattlesnake Ledge:

Rattlesnake Ledge: http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/rattle-snake-ledge
Location: Snoqualmie Pass — North Bend Area, neat Seattle, Washington State.
Roundtrip: 4.0 miles ( 0.6 miles additional to parking lot)
Elevation Gain: 1160 ft
Highest Point: 2078 ft
Time: 3.5 hours

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Trailhead

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Mossy Trees along the way up

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View from the top of Rattlesnake Ledge, looking at East. Reservoir on left (look closely) is one of the lakes supplying water to Puget Sound

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Rattlesnake Ledge, lake visible below

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Rattlesnake Lake at start of the Hike, took this picture before we began ascending

May 2013 week 1: harvest update

Life has taken over and I got very little time to tend to garden. Nothing much is seeded, transplanted and I am letting nature take over (read – weeds, no watering, slugs etc).

I picked few things here and there (sorrel, kale, chard, young beet leaves and Parsley ) to throw into daal. Sadly, that rounds up week 1 of May.

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Sorrel leaves, young kale, chard and beet greens along with Parsley

May Garden tour – Part 1

I took some pictures of garden beds yesterday and this is opportunity to showcase my garden. There’s still too many weeds, too many empty unkempt spots. First week of May has brought wonderful sunshine and I am using it to clean up. I’ll click pictures as garden cleaning progresses.

This is bed 1, close to house. It gets east sun, in shade after noon-ish. I usually plant cool loving greens/plants here.

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From left: Wall Wall Sweet Onions, Red Sails lettuce, Pak Choi, some spinach, Chard, Parsely and Green Sorrel

 

Notice Sorrel is starting to bolt? I twisted off seed stalks yesterday, sorrel should go back to producing more greens. These greens don’t turn bitter (or more lemony) when seed stalks appear unlike other greens.

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Bolting green sorrel

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close look at Onions, Red sails lettuce and pak choi

More later… Happy Gardening!