A New Vegetable

Earlier this spring, I ordered some seeds from Bountiful Gardens.  Along with the other things I ordered, I threw in one 50 cent package of “Seeds for Kids, ” which their catalog defines as:

A happy jumble of everything left over from the year before. (Many of which do not qualify for their germination tests but which are productive nonetheless.) Grow a surprise garden…it’s different every time! No medicinal herbs or poisonous flowers included. ”

My daughter sprinkled these seeds into a  3 foot x 3 foot square foot garden.  We’ve had fun trying to identify the  different plants,  so far everything from peas and beans to flowers.  Some  we’re not quite sure of, and tonight we  discovered something new.  We thought it looked like some sort of pea or bean, but when we opened it up, there was nothing inside.  We tasted them and they tasted sort of radish-y, but also just green and fresh.

After reading through the Bountiful Garden website and then googling for image matches, we determined that they are podding radishes.  We think ours are the Madras variety.   They are supposed to have a radish taste when raw, but lose that taste when cooked.  I haven’t tried cooking any of them yet and may not as we only have a few and I really like the way they taste when raw.

I will definitely be ordering seeds for these in the future.  I really like them and am excited to have found a vegetable that I never even knew existed before today!

Here are two of the pods from my daughter’s garden:

podding radishes

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Finished Socks and My Front Yard

I spent much of last week being a “theatre mom.” That means that I hung out with all of the kids who were not on stage at any particular moment. That gave me lots of small-project knitting time. Here is a pair of finished socks, which I’m sure won’t be worn until October or November. It’s way too hot to even think about wearing any socks right now, much less wool ones!green socks

These socks were knit from a free pattern found here:

Horcrux Sock Pattern

Here are some pictures of my front yard, taken earlier this evening. The sunflowers are getting quite tall- in the second picture you can see that some of them are reaching nearly to the second story of our house. You can also see a bit of our puppy, Felix.

house

sunflowers

June Evening in the Yard

The weather this evening is perfect- not too hot or too cold, with just a light breeze.  I have been enjoying spending time outside and snapped a few pictures of what is growing in the yard.

Here is our just-sprouted corn.  My daughter and I are attempting to grow a small “3 sisters garden” in a corner of our yard.  So far the corn has sprouted and we just planted the beans and squash today.  We purchased a kit for this with a neat booklet from http://www.bountifulgardens.org/

Here is a picture of lettuce in our square foot garden:

lettuce

These are our purple bush beans.  These are really fun- they are purple when you pick them and then turn green when cooked:

beans

These are my daughter’s pumpkins.  She’s been leaving pumpkins around the yard for the last couple of years hoping that one would eventually sprout.  It finally happened this spring:

pumpkins

Here is the first blooming rose of the season:

rose

Here is some lavendar from my front yard:

lavendar

And finally, a picture of our chickens.  They are out in the yard running around whenever we are in the back yard.  We live in town on a regular-sized lot, but are allowed to keep a few chickens.  My daughter has wanted to get some for awhile, and this spring we finally decided to try raising some.  We got these Rhode Island Reds as 1-day old babies and hope that we will  be getting some eggs by August.  We have two more tiny ones (of different breeds) that are still inside that will be moving out in a few weeks.   I love watching them running around, chasing bugs and just doing silly chicken things.

chickens