Tuesday, April 27, 2010

First Spring Salad

First spring salad from my very own garden plot!

This is the first time I've ever grown anything on my own from seed to finish. It was nice!. I did have to be brave and shake off a LOT of tiny millipedes from the baby veggies. I think all the recent rain and moisture brought them out. I checked out the Maryland Extension for pest advice and it doesn't look like millipedes are too bad, so I'll wait and see what happens.

Baby bok choy and radishes are some of the earliest annual crops, since they do better in cooler temperatures. The beets, kale, and peas are past the seedling stage but aren't quite full grown plants yet. Fennel and carrots are still little babies right now too.

I got about two handfuls of veggies once they were chopped.

There is a frost warning in Maryland tonight, although it should be up to the 80s by this weekend. I'm so happy the luffa squash seedlings can be carried back inside for the night, and I hope all of the farmer's crops in the fields do o.k. in the frost.

I've already posted this thought to Facebook, so apologies for those of you who are reading this twice, but in the interest of these temperature swings, how about we all think about walking, biking, or taking public transit just a little bit more.

And of course, growing food instead of trucking it from Mexico is always a plus!

Thanks for letting me rant for a bit.

Here's a great recipe for a bok choy & radish salad dressing:

Soy Sauce
Rice Vinegar
Sesame Oil

Feel free to add sesame seeds or chopped ginger if you like.

I add pretty much equal parts of everything in small amounts, and keep tasting until the dressing tastes good to me. That's one of the great things about making your own food: you can make it just the way you like!

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