Welcome to the Weekend coffee share! Can I get you a cup of coffee? Or tea? Just like last week it’s a good thing that this is a virtual cup of coffee we’re sharing, the damn cold that’s been lingering around our household doesn’t give up. I’d say that my children started to feel slightly better on Thursday, and my son is completely back to normal. My daughter and I still have a way to go. That said, I NEED to be back to work on Monday. I can’t believe I have missed a whole week. All I’ve done this week is resting and making sure we all eat healthy food to make us feel better (= a lot of celery from the garden, large amounts of sprouts and salad greens, fruits, and many cups of herbal tea made with various different herb from the balcony garden enjoyed with large amounts of honey, and of course I’ve added garlic to every soup and stew I’ve made this week.) If we were having coffee I would try to make you speak as much as possible, both because I am truly interested in how you are, and to save my voice. How are you?
Since I’ve had a little more time than usual to think this week I’ve been thinking a little bit about my blog. I choose the name Green Dreams for my blog mainly for two reasons; because I like to consider the environment in my daily choices, and I absolutely love to grow my own food. I am working towards my dream of living a more self-sufficient life, growing the majority of my food myself. I’ve decided to be more conscious about including something about a sustainable lifestyle in every post I make on the blog. It’s something I often write about, but I want it to be something that you can expect to find in one way or another, when you visit my blog to read a new post. If you want to read more about some of my choices towards living a more sustainable life you can read about that in the very first post here.
This week I have literally not left the apartment to do anything else except taking the garbage out. Therefor I’m going to share the progress of my balcony garden this week. I did not do all of this the same day, but rather a little bit every day. A few minutes at the balcony here and there is the only thing I’ve done besides resting in my bed, trying to cure this stubborn cold.
The Miner’s lettuce in my winter garden is really starting to grow. It’s wonderful to have this great source of vitamin C close by.
Unless you live very far north it’s not too late to plant Miner’s lettuce. They do best if they are planted 4-6 weeks before the first frost. They can be planted outside as an edible ground cover, or in pots (likes the one I have at my balcony.) They thrive in almost any type of soil, but do best if they are not planted in direct sunlight (if it’s too hot the plant becomes bitter.)
I mentioned last week that I planted my broccoli too late this year (new growing zone for me.) I had ten big containers with broccoli to figure out what to do with, since the nights are colder now, a couple nights have been in the mid 20’s.
I discharged some leaves that were yellow, it was only a few leaves. I cut the stem 1-2 inches from the soil, and harvested the whole plant. I rinsed the plants thoroughly.
I cut the plant into pieces, the stem in tiny pieces and the leaves slightly bigger. After cutting them into pieces I parboiled everything lightly in a big pot for a few minutes, with some herbs and salt. I drained the water.
I used some of it to make a vegetable soup, and still had two containers for the freezer. Even if I didn’t succeed with my broccoli in the traditional sense, it gave my family some nutritious and delicious food. Next year I am going to plant my broccoli earlier 🙂
This left me with ten empty, big pots. I added some bokashi compost to the pots and planted Jerusalem artichokes in them. A co-worker gave me some Jerusalem artichokes ten days ago. I had plans to plant them at my garden plot last Sunday, but then I woke up not feeling so well that day, so it didn’t happen. When I realised I might not be planting them this weekend either I decided to plant a few of them in pots, something I’ve never done before. I did some research and found out that a lot of other people had done it successfully, so why not try? I only planted one in each pot, after reading about that most people plant two or more and wish that they hadn’t done that. One Jerusalem artichoke can grow 6-10 new ones. I’m excited to see how this experiment turns out. We’ve eaten some of the artichokes my co-worker gave me, and they were delicious. I still have some left, and I’m hoping to plant them at my garden plot some time next week. I already have a spot in mind where I believe they would thrive. Jerusalem artichokes is a perennial, you leave a few in the ground and they will produce new artichokes next year. If you plant them once in a good spot, you’ll likely have Jerusalem artichokes for the rest of your life. I want to find more crops like that! Is there something exciting growing in your garden at the moment?
Thank you Natalie for hosting the Weekend Coffee Share. How is your week? What are you up to this weekend?