Thursday, August 13, 2015

Atlantic Broccoli

I have to give a shout-out to this broccoli.  After several years of bitter broccoli, I have finally found one we love.

This kind is called Atlantic Broccoli.  Look at the size of those heads!  The description said that it grew fast and had heavy side shoots.  In my opinion it grew about the same as any other broccoli I have planted, but it was much bigger and didn't get bitter even when the temps went up.  

We don't eat a lot of broccoli, so these three heads should be enough to last us the year.  I soaked the florets in salt water to detach any worms.  Out of all of this I only had 2!  It's the soil and the wood chips I tell ya!  Since I am a lazy busy homesteader, I freeze them the shortcut way, no blanching.  The best way to cook unblanched, frozen vegetables is to stir fry.  Not a problem, they should go great with all my sugar snap peas I froze.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

July Flowers in the Garden

 I always plant Gladiolus bulbs, but these were especially pretty.

This is the 3rd year for these Liatris.  I love how hardy they are.

Lavender, it's an herb, but it's just so pretty.  I started this from seed 3 years ago and look at it now!

Calla Lilies.  First time growing them, but they are so beautiful and don't take up much space at all.

Scarlet Runner Beans.  I started with one seed three years ago and saved some every year.  Not only are they beautiful and hardy, but they make great canned beans!

Who says a garden has to just be veggies.


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