Well Mother Nature sure threw us a curve ball last week. Dropping down to 38 degrees did not make those newly planted warm weather crops happy.
Fortunately it was short-lived and didn’t do much damage and I think the lowest this week is going to be 40-ish. That still isn’t good but that is spring in Oklahoma. Right?
Anyway the cool weather crops are thriving with this weather and the chickens are laying eggs like crazy.
This week Wang brought by some beautiful lettuces, spinach and green onions, Jon Ann had some broccoli and eggs, and Sara is getting plenty of eggs and grass fed beef ready.
We have some of these items available for purchase at the restaurant until we open the Saturday Morning Market, which our goal is to open on May 11th.
So while we are waiting for tomatoes, squash, cucumbers and other warm weather crops, the herbs are thriving right now.
If you don’t have herbs in your garden there are lots of herb plants available for purchase.
They provide wonderful scents, textures and flavors to add to your summer meals and herbs are so easy to grow and practically pest free.
And deer won’t bother most herbs because of their strong aromas.
Another benefit is they attract pollinators that are needed for the vegetables, and they can be planted in pots if you don’t have a garden space.
Some easy ones to grow are Rosemary, Sage, Chives, Basil, Oregano, Thyme, Parsley, Dill, Cilantro and Mint.
Most of these will come back year after year either by being perennial or by dropping seeds.
Besides using them in cooking, chives are great on potatoes, cilantro in salsa, mint or dill makes a great flavored water, dill and chives are delicious added into a salad.
Or snip a bouquet of their blooms and leaves to put in a vase in the kitchen.
So if you don’t have a veggie garden, try growing some herbs.
Enjoy the Earth! Diana