As harvests go I've got nothing, but I have been using my stored food. I have only three servings of frozen chard left. I'm getting close to the end there. This was really the week of the salsa though. It was my husband's fiftieth birthday party and I brought out both my red and green salsas. Above you see a typical favorite lunch of mine. Half of it is a light coleslaw with not my cabbage and not my peppers. Then there is the open faced hmmm I'm not sure what to call it. It has a nice homemade spelt tortilla topped with not my refried beans, not my seasonings, not my cheese, not my tomatoes and at least I can say this, with my homemade salsa with tomatoes, onions, garlic, and peppers from the garden. I'm eating a lot of vegetables now that are not my own. I have noticed that in the freezer I still have a lot of frozen zucchini. In the past I've made zucchini bread over the winter, but this year I really haven't. I've used it in a few soups, but mostly it is still in the freezer. I'll have to work on that.
This week I spent money on the herb garden. I put in an order with the Growers Exchange. They seemed to be the one place that had all the varieties I wanted and more. I've never used them before so only hope they are nice plants.
- Rosemary 'Tuscan Blue'
- Rosemary 'Arp
- Rosemary 'Hardy Hill'
- Mint 'Chocolate'
- Mint 'Citrus Kitchen'
- Mint 'Mojito'
- Mint 'Peppermint'
- Thyme 'French'
- Thyme 'English'
- Tarragon 'French'
- Anise Hyssop
I wish I could really grow Tuscan Blue rosemary here, but the odds are it will die over the winter. I'm going to plant it along the southwest foundation of the house. Still it will probably die as it is only hardy to zone 8 and I'm in zone 6. The other two rosemarys are hardy in my zone. I could never get them to live in my clay soil in my last garden. They can't survive over the winter with wet feet. So maybe in my current garden they will live. Time will tell.
I was only going to grow two mints. I wanted chocolate mint and peppermint. I like chocolate mint with chamomile and I like regular peppermint with green tea. But the other mints really made me want to try them. I've grown orange mint before, but never tasted the orange flavor. The leaves were pretty, but no flavor like it is supposed to have. So the citrus mint might have more. And the mojito I kept debating on. I'm not a fan of spearmint flavor but I thought maybe I should have a kind of spearmint in the garden just in case I needed it for something. I've never had a mojito, so maybe this will get me to try one.
The two thymes are the typical that I grow in my garden. I like English because it is a hardier plant and a really fast grower. So very reliable. The French thyme is a better tasting thyme, but often I can't harvest enough for all my uses and it is more likely to die over the winter. So I plant both.
In my last garden I had French tarragon for about ten years until it died off finally. Then I could never get it to overwinter again. I'm hoping for success once more. And the Anise Hyssop was bought for the flowers. The bees love it, so I figured why not. The "herb garden" is really three different spots in the garden, but I want them all to have either herbs or flowers that attract bees. Either is good. I don't need all the space for herbs so I'd like to add some interest with flowers and flowers that attract bees are my favorite. Anise Hyssop is both a nice flower for the bees and an herb. I've never tasted it or used it in anyway, but if I hate it, it will still be useful to help out the bees.
I'm growing other herbs, but these were the ones I needed that aren't being grown from seed. And as for the tally, they add $65.19 to the total for the year. I keep adding more and more to my tally. It is going to be an expensive year.
Harvest Monday is a day to show off your harvests, how you are saving your harvest, or how you are using your harvest. If you have a harvest you want to show off, add your name and link to Mr Linky below.