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Work vs. Garden

September 26, 2011

I was spoiled during the summer. Since I was working part-time in July and then off in August I had a lot of time and energy to work on the garden. Now that school is in full swing again, I’ve been busy, and, as a result, I’ve dropped the ball on some garden chores.  The mung beans sprouted, which was the goal, but I left them in the sunlight so they sprouted leaves. I ended up with a beautiful but not edible mung bean forest. After heavy rains, the tomatoes started bursting and falling off the vines which has made the balcony quite a mess. I did discover that falling tomatoes make quite an interesting sound. Lastly, half of the newly planted broccoli and kale seedlings have been decimated by cabbage worms.

Mung Bean Forest

Now for the good news. We’ve made some good meals (recipes below), and we’ve still had an abundance of tomatoes to snack on. We also got another good round of kale today.

Tiny BKT (Bacon, Kale, and Tomato)

One of my favorite NYTimes Recipes:  Ginger Fried Rice with leeks.

Buckwheat Banana Pancakes (especially delicious when slathered with Ronnybrook yogurt and honey).

Butternut Squash Risotto with Bacon

The verdict is still out on the rest of the fall crops. The peas are getting tall, but there’s no sign of flowers yet. The radishes seem to be going well. The spinach and lettuce have made very little progress.

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