Roselle, grown from seeds from Jane's garden. Delicious simmered with lemongrass and ginger and sugar. Can't get enough of it. Love it, must plant more. Rose beetles are fond of it too, can you see the telltale lace?
Volunteer broccoli, sprouting along the rough border of the garden. It's unamended territory and i'm curious to see how things will turn out.
|More Oregon peas.|
Butter yellow and crooked neck, they are his favorite.
|Rainbow Lacinato Kale|
After the storm. Good for kale chips.
A tallish vine with tumbles of shy, violet shaded flowers followed by glowing yellow pods. The pods are thin walled and crispy, good in salads or briefly singed in a wok.
The first harvest was just in time for Valentine's Day ; )
|Brown Popping Chickpea|
So far just a few flowers and one pod, can you see it all out of focus and to the right? Maybe a later planting, in drier weather, would do better. On warm, dry days the leaves are dusted with fine drops of a clear liquid. My hand tastes sour after i brush it across the top of the plants.
'A bush bean' the catalog said, but these vines easily scaled the five foot trellis and then wanted more. I nibbled on a few raw pods when they were small and i think they would make fine eating at that stage. They were OK as fresh shellies but the thick skins puckered and wrinkled in an unappealing way. They are still a few weeks away from dry beans, i think.
The first few showy sprays of white flowers produced these but then the flowering stopped. I hope it's just a hiccup because the one pod i sampled was really good!
|Crimson Flowered Favas|
They were the first beans to flower. Aren't they pretty? But no beans, not one, still yet. I found this great post that you can read if you'd like to learn more about their history. I wonder how much longer i should wait for beans?
This is my much loved Lacinato Kale (in case you missed the caption). I chopped the original plants down with a machete a few months ago, around the time they started to get taller than me. These are the pups, blown over in a wind storm and now growing straight up from where they fell. We mostly eat ours raw, in salads. How do you do kale?
That's all for now. Ahui hou!