Do you grow your own garlic? Did you know that the entire plant is not only edible, but super delicious!!
We have a good amount of wild garlic in our gardens, and other then looking pretty, I was never sure what to do with it. After some research, I learned that the options are endless!
Not only are the scapes (the curly tops that sprout up a month or so before you can harvest the bulbs) edible, they have such a fresh garlicky taste, you can eat them raw or fry them up with some salt and pepper. I enjoy adding them to stir frys too. Yum, yum, yum!!!
I have been craving pesto BBQ chicken for a while, and thought “scape pesto??” Turns out it is actually a thing!! There are lots of recipes out there that are very different, and I am sure very delicious! My recipe was purely based on what I already had in the house and let me tell you….I wouldn’t change a thing!
Garlic Scape Pesto (per cup of chopped scapes)
1 cup garlic scapes
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup walnuts
1/3 cups olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
Wash and roughly chop the stalks (separating the flowery tops) I cut mine at the point where the stalks started to feel tough. It is a little late in the season and they got tough about 4-6 inches down.
Cut off the tops above the flowery bulbs. They have a spicy garlicky taste the added great flavour to the Pesto!
Save the flowery bulbs to plant more garlic!
Place scapes, cheese, walnuts, salt and pepper to food processor and pulse. Slowly add oil until you have a desired consistency.
It seems just like yesterday that I anxiously published the post Little Lettuce Going to Feed Me Someday. This is my first year growing Lettuce in my garden and I was so excited to start harvesting fresh, yummy salads everyday!
Well, just a couple of weeks later we have SO MUCH LETTUCE! I hate the idea of wasting just one leaf, so I am trying to incorporate it into all of our meals.
I decided it would be good to know what nutrients and benefits come from eating lettuce (especially since it is now my number one food intake!) I was pleasantly surprised with what I read that it makes me want even more of the leafy green goodness!
What I Learned About Lettuce
Although most people think of lettuce as just “rabbit food”, it contains energy, protein, fat, carbohydrates, dietary fiber, and sugars. It can be a full, nutritious meal!
Lettuce lowers cholesterol levels that often lead to cardiovascular disease.
Minerals found in lettuce include calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, sodium, zinc along with vitamins like thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folate, vitamin B-6, C, A, E, and vitamin K.
Lettuce can actually aid in anxiety control because it contains anxiolytic properties.
Lettuce contains anti-inflammatory properties to help control inflammation.
Lettuce supplies antioxidants, which are necessary in a healthy diet.
Lettuce also has anti-cancer properties.
Last but not least, Lettuce is so versatile and delicious. You can eat it with pretty much anything (well, maybe not oatmeal) and it is so easy to grow, there really isn’t an excuse not to!
I love watching my plants thrive after getting a good dose of fertilizer! They pop right up, turn greener and you can almost watch them get bigger!
Commercial fertilizers are not a great option for me for several reasons! They are full of chemicals (that leach right into your fruits and vegetables) and are just not nice for the environment. I would also rather use food waste that I otherwise would throw out and put it to good use!
Homemade Plant Fertilizer
Used coffee grinds
Ok, so it isn’t rocket science! I don’t even use measurements. I just keep all of my used grinds and shells in a big ziplock bag in the freezer and when the bag is full, I blend them together in the food processor and viola! Homemade plant fertilizer!
1 tablespoon per plant per month or so and I cannot believe the difference! I use it on house plants, hanging plants, my roses and in the veggie garden! Full, big healthy plants from things I would have thrown away!!
In my opinion, if you plant something in your garden, ideally, you should be able to eat it. Gardening takes water, valuable time and money to grow, so you minus well reap the rewards!
There are so many beautiful herbs and vegetables that have flowers and look just like other perennials you can spend hundreds of dollars on (but can’t eat). If you plant the right ones together, they can come into bloom in a timely manner, ensuring your gardens are always bright and colourful!
In the past couple of years, I have been slowly replacing greenery that offers no nutritional value with delicious AND pretty plants in my gardens!
I love planting herbs! They are probably the prettiest and tastiest plants. In addition to my chives, mint, dill, parsley, sage and basil, I have added lavender, oregano and thyme this year. It just adds so much beauty and it is amazing to add to a salad.
As part of building a sustainable lifestyle, we want to grow as much food as we can for ourselves! Having roses, daisies and gardenias are nice, but at the end of season, all they were good for was to look at and then chop down. I would much rather eat the plants that I spend so much time watering, pruning and weeding!!
I recently moved my Rhubarb from one part of my yard to another because it was starting to get holes from pests. The stalks were perfectly fine, but the leaves were showing some major damage.
Pests are not typically a problem with rhubarb. Even if they eat some of the leaves, they generally leave (haha, always love a good pun!) the stalks alone, and we just discard the leaves anyways.
The reason I moved the rhubarb was because it had been in the same place for over 10 years. Leaving anything in the same location leaves (haha….again!!) it open for aphids, slugs and beetles to infest! The same goes with planting your tomatoes every year. It is good practice to rotate your crops every season to protect them from infestation.
After moving the rhubarb, they have almost immediately improved. My next step would have been to spray them with soapy water, but no need! A simple shovel did the truck this time.
I feel like I saved a little being from being eaten alive (by something other than me!) This calls for a celebration! Rhubarb jam on ice cream for all!