My Edible Patio Garden
It is raining right now in Northern California but for the season we have not had near enough. That brings us all talking about the possibilities of water rations this summer.
My first thoughts were that we should not plant a garden this year if we would be short of water. But…. I changed my mind. My husband and I talked about it and with the crazy Winter this has been all over the States – not enough water here – too much water there- crazy freezing and snow – well… you get my drift – our food in the stores may become even more expensive than normal.
It has been crazy expensive to feed the cattle around here, so I would not be surprised to see beef prices go up. Also with little water, the crops will not be producing as they should. That may affect our fruit and vegetable prices at both the stores and the farmers markets.
Our fruit trees bloomed very early because it was gorgeous in both December and January. But were the bees out there to do their job of pollinating? I don’t know. We seem to have a lack of bees problem anyway. Now, we have wind and rain, so only time will tell how the fruit and nuts trees in the area will fair.
Now back on point – we decided if we must, we will let the grass die and water our
Edible Patio Garden
So last weekend I started……………I went to our local farmers Market; we have one that is open all year now. Besides some fresh vegetable to use in my cooking last week I bought plants. Most of them will put on pretty flowers. The key and fun part is for my Edible Patio Garden, I did not buy anything we could not eat. Many of these plants look familiar to me. I think they grew wild near where I grew up in Oregon. I think most people kills these plants as weed out of their yards because we have not been taught through times that they can be eaten.
Here is what I bought for my:
Edible Patio Garden
The lady that sold this to me said that it will taste similar to kiwifruit or wild
strawberries. (Mine only has a couple of leaves so I did not taste it yet.) I read the leaves are high in vitamin C. This is one that I will try a small amount in salads, or my green smoothies. Womens-health-club says it can be poisonous. It also talks about possible medication interactions. Neither my husband or I take any so I just need to find out a total safe amount to eat. Wikipedia’s Sorrel page.
I look forward to talking to the lady that sold me the Sorrel varieties to ask again how she uses it and how much.
This is an example as to how we each need to do our own research about things and make our own choices.
Wild Sheep Sorrel -
The leaves of this plant have a lemony tang. I am pretty sure this grew wild all over my parent’s property. And when it flowered then went to seed we ran our fingers up the stem and popped off the seeds. It was good fun. But it sounds like you don’t want to eat too much of this one either. I will update when I can learn more. Learn more here: Wikipedia
Salad Burnet -
The young leaves of this plant taste a little like cucumber. I have tasted mine. I understand if you pick the large ones they are bitter. Wikipedia talks about Salad Burnet. About.com/gardening has a good amount of information on growing and uses for Salad Burnet.
Borage is also called Starflower. Bees like these flowers and we need more bees. I think the flowers are beautiful. They will change from pink to purple. The leaves are also supposed to taste like cucumbers. Borage is said to be a great companion planting for tomatoes and strawberries. I have strawberries already on my deck and I usually have 4 to 6 tomatoes plants on the deck. I haven’t bought those yet. It is said that Borage helps to keep the tomato horn worm off the tomatoes, that would be good. I HATE picking them off. Learn more from Wikipedia. About.com also has some good information about Borage.
Clary Sage -
Clary Sage also has a very pretty flower. I have ordered this one on my Essential Oil order and am looking forward to using it for insomnia and times of feeling anxious. Wikipedia doesn’t have a lot to say about this one. It has also been historically used to help women balance their hormones. Susunweed.com has some great information that I will be referring back to when my plant has lots of leaves and flowers.
I planted Kale in a pot last year and it took me awhile to get used to it’s very strong flavor on it’s own. I don’t mind it in my green smoothies or a small amount in a salad. If I get over run with it, I plan to try Kale chips. Also beet chips, but I haven’t planted those yet either. Wikipedia also mentions that the flavor is sweetened when frozen or hit by a frost, so I will be trying that as well.
Swiss Chard –
(Bright Lights variety) I loved all the colors!! I have grown Swiss chard before so I know it is simple. Chard is high in vitamins A, K and C. It is good fresh in salads and if you let it get to big and it is a little bitter just steam it like you would spinach and that usually takes care of it.
Chinese Cabbage -
(Napa Cabbage) I have never grown this. I like to eat it steamed and I made my first batch of Kimchi out of some I bought. So I am excited to learn how this one grows. It sounds like it would have been better planted in late summer early fall but we shall just have to see.
(Sequoia variety) Since I understand that strawberries have shallow roots I am planting them in one of my hanging pots. I can always move them later if they are not happy there. I have others in pots on the deck as well. The Sequoia is supposed to give a large flavorful strawberry.
Licorice Mint -
This is just for fun. I planted it beside my lemon mint. I will try steeping them together for some tea. I am not real fond of the flavor of licorice but my husband likes it. I also have a chocolate mint plant.
Red Onions –
I don’t think onions need any introduction.
I love to cook with garlic and have never tried to grow it.
I use ginger in my cooking and have never grown it either.
I have not yet cooked with turmeric. Not fresh that is. I use turmeric capsules for inflammation and pain. So I am hoping when it grows, if I add it to more of my cooking dishes I can buy less capsules. Or I will be able to grind it and dry it and make my own. Should be cheaper. I will also use the turmeric in my “I refuse to get sick” liquid. I had not found any when I made my last batch.
Then we have a section of dirt between two Mulberry Trees, that when we moved here there was grass trying to grow there. I finally gave up on that and we sectioned it off and I planted some ground cover. That has really never taken of either, so now I am going to try to amend it a hole at a time and plant some edible plants in there. So we mixed a BUNCH of compost, and a small amount of sand in to that clay dirt. Then we planted some Asparagus and Artichokes. I hope they do well. Will hopefully share pictures of their bounty.
That is as far as I have gotten so far. Well to be truthful not all of that is in the pots yet. Almost, but I did not feel like playing in the rain today.
So what do you plant? Do you have room for a large garden or do you plant in pots?