How does your garden grow? I took this picture of our front yard in September 2006. I was pleased with how much the trees had grown in the couple of years since we planted them.
I took this picture today when I realized that the honey locust tree is taller than the spruce. The spruce was the first tree we planted and looked quite forlorn all alone. The locust came from the State nursery and was a mere twig in a quart milk carton. You have to buy plants from them in fives: all five lilacs and all five cottonless cottonwood trees survived. Only two of the locusts made it and the other was is just this summer putting up a leader branch. I'm thrilled by my star pupil however. It's going to be a wonderful shade tree.
Last weekend when I was at Amy's, she showed me all her lavender, saying that it's time to harvest. Her lavender heads are full of those fragrant kernals and I decided that mine must be read too. However, this morning when I looked at it, I was stunned to realize that's not a bit of lavender on the plants and none on the ground. Now I know why they were so popular with the tiny gold finches and now I know what they were eating and it wasn't bugs. I had no idea that birds eat lavender.
I'm pleased with my tub of basil though. The volunteer weed at the base is purslane, which according to Michael Pollan, is one of the highest sources of anti-oxidents in leafy greens - even though it is a weed. We've been adding it to our salads and it's actually a tasty addition.
I just made another batch of pesto which I will freeze so it's fresh for each use. Two cubes to a handful of linguine makes a lunch - yum. I got my recipe from the Great Basin CSA Basket website and I like it because it uses so little olive oil.
Great Basin Pesto
1/2 c lightly packed chopped basil leaves
1/4 c Parmesan cheese
1/4 c. toasted pine nuts
1 clove minced garlic
3 tbl olive oil
I double the recipe and add 1/2 tsp salt and extra garlic. I didn't want to turn on the oven to toast the pine nuts but found online that I can toast them in the microwave by spreading them flat on a plate and adding a little bit of butter. Nuke them for a minute on high, stir and repeat in one minute increments until they're toasted. It worked perfectly.
Ian is still playing with the sign - "Gateway to the Internet."
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