Saturday, February 28, 2009
Nettles Have Appeared!
I've been rather laid up with a cold for the past couple of weeks. Yesterday I finally felt up to getting out for a walk, and what should I see, but the first nettles springing up!I'm excited about this, for one thing, because of the prolonged snow and freezing temps. in December, pretty much all of the winter garden bit it, except for the leeks. It's been hard for me, this winter, having to go to the store and buy kale trucked up from California. It'll still be months before we're eating our own produce from the garden, but spring nettles will be ready to eat in a few weeks! Darn good eatin', too. Nettles are high in protein and many vitamins and minerals. They are delicious used in any dish the way you'd use spinach or kale. Once they are cooked, they can't sting. Another nice thing about nettles is that, unlike some other "wild foods", nettles are often abundant and easily harvested, and need very little cleaning. And look at this...garlic coming up!L.B. is a good companion in the garden. Hiding under the wheelbarrow was great fun. How's this for a sweet "get well" gift from Rick? I felt well enough today to pot them up into this planter. Nothing like a little dirt under the fingernails to make a woozy body feel better. In an effort to keep this blog focused (on crafts and creating), Rick and I are thinking to start up a separate blog for gardening/permaculture topics. What do you think, Dear Blog Reader? Would you prefer to look at a blog focused on one topic, or do you like to see blogs that mix it all up? I'd love to hear your opinion. Green blessings to you!