Potatoes going Strong

The potatoes I planted from started potatoes about a month ago are doing really well.  I planted them in about 3 feet of good quality dirt and peat moss inside of this deep potato bed that I made myself.  I hope that the door will work to fetch the potatoes without having to dig up the plant!IMG_0798

How to Cook Kohlrabi Greens

This year about half of the plants in my garden came from the nursery dumpster.  I regularly get up early in the morning or stop by just after they closed to see what was in store for me.  I ended up with some plants that I am less familiar with, including kohlrabi.  I had bought Kohlrabi at the farmers market before, but it never came with the greens on it.  The greens are totally edible and when prepared well they are delicious!

Here’s how to cook the greens:

1. pull the greens off of the bulb

2. remove the stems by cutting or ripping the green part away from the woody stems

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3.  Cook the greens for 2-3 mins in boiling water to soften them.

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3. Remove the greens from water, drain well, place in pan for sautéing, add oil of your choice–I used Toasted Sesame Oil here.

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4.  Add spice and seasonings of your choice.  I added some pine nuts.  Salt also goes a long way!

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5. Serve warm or add to a cold salad.

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My First Raised Beds

This is an old post that was inadvertently left in my drafts.

From July:

This weekend I finally got to get started on my dream gardening project.  Here is a picture of our yard before.  We feel so lucky to have a space where we can grown our own food.  The previous owners used cardboard and mulch to organically kill the weeds that had taken over the yard.  The mulch has been sitting for 2-3 years and its now a great time to plant on top of it.  Eventually the mulch will breakdown and become like compost for the garden.

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My initial dreams for the space was to just plant it all as a huge garden, but for many reasons I have decided that raised beds are the way to go.  First of all, they are actually cheaper and we will loose less soil to run off.  Second of all, they keep diseases and fungus contained to only one part of the garden and thus easier to get rid of.  Third, I got some advice from a fellow Mom gardener–Judy– that with kids its always better to start small and scale up if you find that you have time.

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I took out a lot of the red apple plant that was taking over the front, that was pretty hard work.

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This is me, looking super dorky, putting in the first raised bed.  It was very easy to build the bed, the hard part and the expensive part was buying the soil.  Another reason I am hard at work on getting a good compost started, so that the next raised bed wont cost us so much!!

SavRaw Organic CSA–so far so good. . .

This was our first weekly fruit and veggie box with SavRaw CSA.  We got the second one this week.  I am very happy so far, we are even thinking about increasing to the “Family Size” this is the “Full Size” which is the smallest option.  SavRaw says that all of their produce is Organic, which is excellent.  That means no chemicals, no GMOs, and the profits to to “local sustainable agriculture projects” in the Los Angeles area (not sure what that really means).  IN any case the produce has been wonderful thus far and its just under the amount we need for the week.  SavRaw also sends an email with recipes that use the items in the CSA that week.  Check out SavRaw (formerly CSA California): http://savraw.com/.