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« on: July 29, 2012 12:03:58 PM »

This year, we reserved part of our garden for edibles! We've got a grape plant, a "fit-for-your-balcony" apple tree in a pot, same story for our cherry tree, a blackberry plant, a square meter with carrots, dill, basil and oregano, a quarantine corner for peppermint (I saw in my mother's garden that you need to give it boundaries or it will spread everywhere!), a tub with peas, and we put chives in the front yard. We won't have any grapes, cherries or apples this year (I hope the apple tree will pull through next year!) but we had our first harvest today!

This is nearly half a kilogram of garden peas, and the first ripe blackberries (still plenty berries ripening on the branches!).

I'm a bit let down by our blackberries: we bought a plant that doesn't have thorns, and that is nicer in the picking and in caring for the plant, but the berries from my mothers plant WITH thorns were a lot sweeter... They're still yummy though, and picking homegrown food is immensely satisfying!

After plenty of shelling, I brought the 476grams of the pea-harvest down to 199grams of edibles:

Boiled them with some salt for 5 minutes, drained them, and put them back in the pan with some diced onion and a bit of butter for extra taste.

Add some potatoes and a bit of meat, and we had a great meal Smiley

We were a tad bit late to harvest the peas, ideally we'd have done so a week earlier, but that would have been right in the middle of our two week holiday! Not going to travel 200km just to harvest the peas Tongue You could already notice them becoming slightly mealy, but they still tasted great!

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« Reply #1 on: July 29, 2012 03:20:42 PM »

The first harvest is always the best. Grin

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« Reply #2 on: July 29, 2012 04:13:28 PM »

A lot of people are planting edibles now instead of flowers. There is a page on FB, I believe it is "A Room with a View". Next time I see one posted, I will repost on this thread. I am so not a gardener, but I do have an enclosed back porch that I am seriously considering turning into a veggie patch.

I love peas, and yours look delicious. My mom has a thornless blackberry patch in her back yard and they do very well, get very large and taste very sweet. Maybe they plants just need to mature.

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« Reply #3 on: August 23, 2012 09:47:59 AM »

Those peas look so good! There is nothing like the satisfaction you get out of eating something you grew yourself.

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