Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Fall Vegetables Coming Up...

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As the transition to fall is starting to happen, my new seedlings are coming up pretty quick. It is amazing how quickly lettuce and arugula have come up. We should be getting a harvest in the next couple of weeks.

I do like the fall planting season. Not as much as spring, but close. as fall goes, it helps not to worry as much about insect problems, though the plants do grow slower than in spring. At least they grow!

Still picking peppers right and left. It always seems peppers are in more abundance around the end of August through mid September. We have several paprika peppers drying right now and it should make for some very good powder. Some of the paprika's that were planted near the Cayenne's have picked up some heat. Actually, quite a bit of heat. These particular peppers should be interesting dried as their will be some heat and sweet together.

Nasturtium is still growing and blooming. It makes a nice complement to salads, gives a peppery taste with plenty of color, as all parts of nasturtium are edible. What is fun is having the kids walk through the garden sampling leaves and flowers as well as all of the herbs. It seems to open their minds up to different flavors and encourages them to not be so picky with the food they eat.

The lemon grass is ready, just need to find some good recipes for it. Last weekend I made some chicken stock with it. It turned out great and Nicole ended up using some of it for her risotto. The lemon grass adds an unbelievable flavor. It is nearly addictive!

“We get closer to God as we get more intimately and understandingly acquainted with the things He has created. I know of nothing more inspiring than that of making discoveries for one's self.”
~George Washington Carver

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