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HAPPY SPRING

 

H A P P Y   S P R I N G

Hello to our Friends of The Heirloom Seed Store.  Happy Spring!  We recently finished our 3nd Seed Show of 2016. 

We believe people are thinking it is OK to start planning & planting their home gardens, again.  The winter rains did not eliminate our drought, but our customers want to get their hands in the dirt!  Many have already started!

It is time to plant starts for our Heirloom Cucumbers, Tomatoes, Eggplant and Peppers.  Early May is a good time to put them in the ground once danger of frost and extreme cold has passed.  In warmer areas it is sooner, of course.

Our most popular varieties have been Beth Alpha (Persian) Cucumbers, the San Marzano, Costuluto Fiorentino, Principe Borghese, and Black Cherry Tomatoes, the Black Beauty and Prosperosa Eggplant, and the Habanero Pepper Assortments, Picante Calabrese, and Padron Peppers.  We also have some gorgeous and delicious Habanero varieties.  Check them out! 

You might want to check out our website for the various Lettuce and Misticanza varieties we have.  Imagine lettuces with flavor!  Who knew?  A new one to try is the Alpine Mix, mostly Heirloom European Iceberg Varieties with dark green color, great crunch, nutrition and taste!  

Not to pack too much into this blog, but 2016 has been declared by the United Nations, the International Year of The Legume!  Legumes are made up of: beans lentils, peas and peanuts.  WE have seeds for all but the peanuts.  They are rich in Calcium, Dietary Fiber, Folate, Iron Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Protein, Riboflavin, Thiamin, Vitamin B6, and Zinc.  Some of our favorites are Peas:  No 9, Piccolo Provenzale, and the Snow Pea Pisello Rampicante Gigante Svizzero/Carouby; Borlotto Beans, Coco Bianco, Canellino, Spanish White Beans, and Christmas Lima Beans.

We will still need to continue to conserve our water, but go plant yourself some fresh vegetables and beautiful flowers.  Recycle that water and grow yourself a salad!  Easy. 

Enjoy the earth and dirt.  Gardening is Great Therapy!

 

 

Planting Herbs

Planting Herbs

There's nothing like going out into the garden to pick some fresh herbs to brighten any dish.  I like to have these fresh five in the garden to pick year round (here in CA).

Rosemary

Thyme

Oregano

Parsley

Mint

These are all super easy to grow and add a delightful freshness to every dish.

Be sure and include these herbs to your vegetable garden this year.

You can use the stem of a rosemary branch as a skewer for shish kabobs,  a brush for adding sauces to meats on the grill without the worry of catching of fire.  Mince the leaves and add it to butter for basting.

I'm making rosemary lemonade this afternoon.

Rosemary Lemonade

Simply make a simple syrup:

1 cup evaporated cane juice or raw sugar

1 cup of water

1-2 sprigs of rosemary.

Combine ingredients in a saucepan.  Bring to a boil stirring constantly until sugar is dissolved.

Remove pan from heat and let cool

Strain syrup through a fine mesh screen and discard rosemary.

1 cup of fresh squeezed lemon juice (5 lemons)

4 cups of water

Once the rosemary simple syrup is cooled add all ingredients in a pitcher with ice and serve with a fresh spring garnish. 

 

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Let's Get Planting !!

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If it's too wet to work outdoors, sow some seeds indoors

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Lovage - For The Herb Garden



The things that interest me most, are usually the things I don't know about which brings me to blog about, LOVAGE !!!

I'd never heard of lovage, and asked Eda about it and she said, "The leaves taste like celery."  That got me imagining all kinds of things.  So I did some research and found some interesting uses.

All parts of this plant are edible.  The leaves are one of the oldest known salad greens in the world. WOW The root is carrot-like and can be eaten as a vegetable or grated in salads.  I'm always looking for interesting things for my salads.  So far I'm really liking LOVAGE. 

Medicinally, lovage root and leaves can be brewed into a tea and used as an antiseptic for wounds or to stimulate digestion, and relieve abdominal pains due to flatulence. 

The seeds can be used as a spice, like fennel seed. The seeds can even be candied :)  (Love that part)

** Lovage root contains furanocoumarins which can lead to photosensitivity. (So be-aware)

So far I love it enough to plant some in the garden this year and give it a good taste test.  

So now for the planting:

Sow fresh seeds in sunny to partially shaded garden location in spring. Plant in partial afternoon shade in regions with very hot summers. (here in Half Moon Bay, I think we can plant it in full sun) Water abundantly in hot weather. Once established, you'll likely get seedlings to share with friends.  My kind of plant 

Okay, I'm off to the garden to sow some LOVAGE seeds .  

Love to you all !!

Marilyn

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