Thursday, April 9, 2015

Thyme For A Recipe, And Garden Talk

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 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

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