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The Garden is Back

April 13, 2013

Today we finally got around to taking out the dead plants from last season and planting some new ones. Things are really busy this spring, so I know we won’t have much time to spend working on the garden. Last season we replaced most of the soil from the summer before, but this year we decided to keep it to avoid the hassle of disposal and replacement. We added some fertilizer and used a trowel to break up the remaining roots as well as we could. We already have some tomatoes sprouting from the winter sowing we did in February. Today we planted carrots, parsnips, beets, radishes, basil, and beans.

Tomato Sprouts

Tomato Sprouts

Newly Planted Containers

Newly Planted Containers

We also have some plants that seem to have made it through the winter to live another year. In fact we harvested oregano, parsley, and scallions today. The scallions were quite a surprise. They were still tiny at the end of last season, and we didn’t think they’d every grow. We also acquired a new addition on a recent trip to visit some family in DC. They gave us some cutting from their rosemary bush. We put them in water for a few weeks and recently transplanted them into soil outside.

Rosemary: Imported from DC

Rosemary: Imported from DC

Mint Trying to Make a Comeback

Mint Trying to Make a Comeback

Scallions That Finally Grew

Scallions That Finally Grew

The Strawberries Going for Round Three

The Strawberries Going for Round Three

We used the oregano and parsley to make a pesto for scrambled eggs based on this recipe. We also chopped one of the scallions to garnish this spicy white bean dip for lunch. We didn’t use anything from the garden for dinner, but the meal was delicious, so I’ll share it anyhow. We made used this recipe from the most recent Cook’s Illustrated to make grilled ribs with Hoisin-Coconut Glaze, a salad, and these grilled bananas for dessert.

Scrambled Eggs with Oregano Pesto and Bacon

Scrambled Eggs with Oregano Pesto and Bacon

Spicy White Bean Dip

Spicy White Bean Dip

Grilled Ribs with Hoisin-Coconut Glaze

Grilled Ribs with Hoisin-Coconut Glaze

Grilled Bananas with Cinnamon

Grilled Bananas with Cinnamon

 

 

 

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