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.
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!!
Deciding what to grow in your garden can be a stressful ordeal! If I could, I would just grow everything available and save seeds to have a never ending supply if delicious fruits and vegetables!
The problem that I have is space. We expand our gardens every year but never have enough room for everything I want to grow!
I try to only grow things that we will eat all the time and can freeze or can for the colder months: tomatoes, peppers, zucchini, eggplant, cucumbers, peas, beans, raspberries, strawberries, etc.
This year I am going a little outside the box and growing lettuce! We eat at least one salad a day and go through so much lettuce, it seemed like a no brainer. You can’t freeze it or can it, but if it makes me eat more salad to keep up with it so it doesn’t get wasted, how bad can that be! It is also beautiful! I used it as a border around my pepper! It started coming up last week. I love the variety of colours and textures.
I have a garden full of gorgeous mint! Peppermint and chocolate mint grow effortlessly along the house, adding a green and aromatic display of freshness. It is so pretty, I really do love it!
Every year, it grows into the grass and we have to mow it down with the lawnmower. It also spreads like a disease and grows threw my deck, gets tangled in my hose and pops up every where you don’t want mint! It is so invasive, I really do hate it!
In the fall when I start cleaning out the gardens, I chop down the mint and let it hang in the mud room. Once dried, it makes the most amazing, natural tea ever! I even have people asking me for it! I can make peppermint and chocolate mint tea! It tastes so good, I really do love it!
Other than tea, there isn’t a whole lot of uses for mint that I have found. There is just to much to use it all making tea, and I hate wasting it. I always feel edible plants should serve their purpose, but what else can you do with mint (other than make a mean mojoto!) It is so much work for so little, I really do hate it!
So you see my problem? Mint and I have a love hate relationship! But I the end, I like it enough to keep it around, but hope to find some new uses for it soon!
Any ideas would be very helpful. Please comment your thoughts and help a girl out 😁
Healthy plants come from healthy soil! We are lucky enough to have a compost pit behind our garage where we dump grass clippings, leaves, etc and we try to dig it up ever year to add to our veggie gardens.
One of the things I have had issues with was composting all of our kitchen waste. We eat a lot of fresh fruits and veggies and have a lot of peels, cores and rinds left over after every meal that should be going into the pit, but who wants to put on shoes and walk to the garage?
Last year I tried keeping the kitchen waste in a container on the counter and planned on bringing it out at the end of every day. The problem was I kept forgetting and if any of you have ever opened a container of compost that has been sitting on the counter for a week, well, it’s just gross!
Then I got smart! I started freezing my compost in big baggies!
I cannot tell you the difference this made (and yes, I felt sort of stupid for not thinking about it sooner!) We had WAY less garbage every week, barely any actually. What wasn’t recycled was composted. Not much left for the garbage can!
We fill at least one of these huge bags a week. I also do another bag of coffee grinds and eggs for my house plants!
Once the bag is full, just dump the frozen contents in the pit or compost container to start doing its job of making beautiful soil for your plants!