Troy, from I Refuse to Recede, shared a post on how to start an herb garden yesterday. Growing your own herbs, fruits, and vegetables is a great way to enjoy real food, for less. As Tami, from Butter My Kitchen, pointed out in the comments, even buying small potted herbs saves money over buying fresh cut herbs from the grocery store.
I am anxious for gardening season. This weekend I will start my seeds in my mini-greenhouses. But I have been growing greens in my garden all winter! This winter has been warmer than usual; I believe our low for the year is 5 degrees, but I have had greens survive even colder temperatures. As Troy commented on one of my posts, snow is a good insulator. I pushed back the snow to harvest some greens and thought I would give you a peek at what I am growing.
I discovered that spinach and other greens, like kale, could survive our harsh winters on accident. Several years ago, I planted a garden for my kids’ guinea pigs and bearded dragon. I harvest all of our vegetables before our first snow but did not have time to get to the “pet garden”. Miraculously the plants not only survived the snow, they survived the winter providing our pets with fresh greens all winter long. Now I leave the family greens in the ground through out the winter as well.
Even though parsley leaves do not respond well to the snow, the plants do not die. I harvest as much as I need before a snowstorm, because I might have to wait a little while for new growth if the plants are covered in snow for too long.
Many people consider dock to be a weed. You can call it what you like, but it is an edible perennial, and a hardy one at that! I intentionally cultivate Patience Dock in my garden. If you would like to forage for dock, here is a guide from Hunger and Thirst.
This post is linked to Fight Back Friday.
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