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Shelling Peas Mint Cucumbers Summer Squash Sweet Pea Flowers Basil

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There are three main types of peas; snow peas, snap peas, and shelling peas (often called sweet peas, English peas, or garden peas). When I was a child,  we never had snap or snow peas, but the beginning of sweet peas coming from our garden meant lots of shelling and salmon dinners because what would a salmon dinner be without baby potatoes and peas? There’s a quick way to shell peas that my father taught me because I was the main pea sheller in our family. Take the pod, straight side down. Pop the end where the curve is with...

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Wow! Full moon of July mixed with multiple heavy rain events in one week mixed with warm sunny days equals everything is growing like crazy.  All the green beans, lettuce, beets, and carrots that I direct seeded at the end of last week are coming up with an authority only seen in mid summer.  As I check their growth, the scent of milk weed blossoms fills the air, as does their monarch butterfly partners.  On Sunday, after a day of 4 thunderstorms, as the sun was getting low in the sky, we witnessed a beautiful double rainbow in the eastern sky. ...

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Garlic Scapes Sweet Pea Flowers Cut Lettuce Oregano Dill Basil

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Basil Pesto - Our basil patch has finally filled in and our garlic scapes are peaking!  Come get your favorite pesto, or try it if you haven't already.  This first batch was a small one so supply may not last past the end of the day Wednesday, but we will make our next batch Monday.

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Garlic scapes are strange looking edibles, indeed. About mid July, the garlic plants, which have been put in the previous fall, send out seed heads/scapes, which sap energy from the garlic plant if they are not removed. When we first moved here, over 40 years ago, the first year, we composted them, not realizing that they were a valuable veggie. They make a fabulous pesto by themselves, and certainly add to the basil pesto that we make. Their taste is a bit more muted and sweet than the garlic cloves that come later. They keep for weeks if put in...

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