How about an easy recipe that works as a side dish or an
appetizer. Asparagus Tart. See EARTHLY DELIGHTS for the
recipe. Are you a fan of this versatile vegetable? Although
available in grocery stores pretty much all year long, spring is
the best season for fresh asparagus. Want to grow your own?
Just know it takes time and you'll need patience. Planting from
a 2 yr. old plant is better than starting from seed and even then
allow a couple of years for a good harvest. Once that happens,
the plant will be producing up to 20 years. Asparagus is
considered a perennial and it will be your first crop in your
garden. Most garden centers carry the asparagus crowns early
in the spring season. This plant is healthy for you too. A good
source of fiber, folate, vitamins A, C, E, and K, and chromium,
which is a trace mineral that enhances the ability of insulin to
transport glucose from the bloodstream into cells. It's also
packed with antioxidants. You can eat it raw, but think roasting,
grilling, or stir-frying as well. See my other recipe using
asparagus in EARTHLY DELIGHTS, Prosciutto Asparagus
Spirals. Delicious as an appetizer and with wine.
Yes, Spring has arrived and with that comes the rain. To be
expected. We need it for our garden landscapes to flourish.
There's still so much to be done in preparation for our outside
activities. I'm hearing the lawn mowers being revved up. Ron
has ours in the garage awaiting a moment to sharpen the blades.
It seems his list is growing. I have my list too and I can check off
turning over the soil in my small raised garden bed. I added
some compost as well. I hope to get the radish and carrot
seeds out within 2 weeks. They are easy cool season veggies
to grow and will tolerate a light frost.
I hope you're planning some kind of a small garden or patch,
and remember you can do a container garden as well. I want to
share a wonderful garden design with you. From talented artist
and author Susan Branch. Just tap on the link below to visit her
site for the blog, her books, etc.
I know I must be moving on to another chore, cleaning the
screened porch. It's dusty, dirty and while I won't show you
the before pictures, here's what the porch looks like
"summer ready." I will share more pictures later.
See you next week from my thyme in the garden,
In your garden too…..
next up, pruning Clematis