In the beginning there was this:

conshohocken community garden spring vegetables

And then April showers begot the birth of glorious edible gifts from the wonderful Kingdom Plantae.

“The first gatherings of the garden in May of salads, radishes and herbs made me feel like a mother about her baby – how could anything so beautiful be mine. And this emotion of wonder filled me for each vegetable as it was gathered every year. There is nothing that is comparable to it, as satisfactory or as thrilling, as gathering the vegetables one has grown.”

Alice B Toklas

Radish.  Cherry Belle.  “Plant a radish, get a radish, never any doubt.”

conshohocken radish 1
Week 1 – Nothing
conshohocken radish 2
Week 2 – Is that a weed, or is it…….it is!
conshohocken radish 3
Week 3 – There you are oh beautiful radishes coming along nicely
conshohocken radish 4
Week 4 – My how you have grown

Go to the bottom of this post for the best radish recipe ever.

Chard.  Because kale is so 2015.

Rainbow Chard Conshohocken
Rainbow Swiss Chard

Spinach.  I will have so much spinach this year, I might just have a spinach party.

spinich bloomsdale long standing conshohocken
Bloomsdale Long Standing Spinach

Beets.  And the beets go on.

beets conshohocken community garden
Bulls Blood Beets (Beta vulgaris).  I plan to eat and enjoy those beet tops as much as the beet itself.

Cabbage.  “An idealist is one who, on noticing that a rose smells better than a cabbage, concludes that it makes a better soup.” – H.L. Mencken

[If you don’t like that quote, how about this one:  “Cabbage: A vegetable about as large and wise as a man’s head.” – Ambrose Bierce]

cabbage coppenhagen market consht6hohocken
Copenhagen Market variety – compact, round, and perfect for small gardens.

Asparagus.  When people think of asparagus, they somehow always seem to also think about peas. Hmmmm.

This is year two of the asparagus.  Not supposed to pick until after year 3.

Lettuce.   Let us pray.

black seeded simpson lettuce conshohocken
Black Seeded Simpson Lettuce

Carrots.  Here’s to looking at you.

carrots tonda di paarigi conshohocken
Tonda di Parigi Carrots.  Round, tender, sweet, shallow.  Swipe right.

Fig tree.  The fig leaves just started to come out this week.  Saturday, May 6 is World Naked Gardening Day 2017.  See my previous post about this fig tree:  Delicious to Eat and Helpful When You are Naked

conshohocken fig tree 1

 

Best recipe ever for radish.

Ingredients:

  • 4 radishes, cleaned, with top taken off and root cut
  • 1 small bowl of coarse sea salt
  • 1 very cold lager beer

Directions:

  1. Roll a radish in the rock salt and eat it.
  2. Drink at least 1/4 bottle of ice cold beer.
  3. Repeat until all the beer and radishes are consumed

Serves 1.