This week has been filled with spring goodies. The harvest basket below sums up what's been going on in the garden this week:
I love the color combinations of red and green with a little pop of purple! On the bottom of the basket is a pile of oregano. My oregano has been growing and growing, so I trimmed it back before it started to flower. I dried the oregano for using later.
I have never tried eating chive flowers, so that was a new culinary adventure this week. I tried them in my breakfast with greens and eggs. They definitely add a nice kick tasting somewhere between garlic and onions. They also make my breakfast much prettier. If you start the day eating flowers, it's going to be a good day!
The peas are producing a bit more now. I do think the aphid population has decreased, so I'm going to claim victory for me, the ladybugs and dragonflies! The peas that were covered with aphids are looking sickly, but the rest of the pea patch seems to be doing well. We love to snack on raw peas, so I haven't made any dishes with them.
Of course the star harvest continues to be the strawberries. This week brought in 6 1/2 lbs of strawberries! Besides just popping them in our mouths while picking them, my snack of the week has been yogurt with strawberries.
I also dipped them in chocolate. Delicious and very easy!
We've also been eating plenty of strawberries in smoothies. I froze some of this week's strawberries to be used later in smoothies. I've thought about making some strawberry jam, but it hasn't happened yet. Freezing strawberries it so much easier than breaking out the canning stuff!
Besides all the strawberries, I've had a bit of greens from the garden this week. The spinach is beginning to bolt, so I harvested most of them. I also thinned my Swiss chard seedlings. This year I'm growing Perpetual Swiss Chard for the first time, so I'm hoping it does well. Swiss Chard is usually my reliable year round green. The mesclun mix salad has been cut this week, so we are eating salads daily. We had a decent amount of rain and cooler temperatures this week, which has made the spring crops happy. Unfortunately it has also made the weeds happy too!
That's all the harvests coming from my garden this week. To see what others are harvesting, check out Harvest Monday on Our Happy Acres.