Most of our garden this year isn’t even to that stage yet–the fruit trees and bushes are still babies, the asparagus is in its first year. And perennial herbs will keep coming back each year, whether I harvest them now or not. In fact, I’ve got thyme drying in the basement, and will probably do some oregano after that is done. I finally dug up the garlic that I had planted as companions to the fruit trees to help keep away pests. But I especially feel a responsibility to the annuals like kale and basil. This is it for them. And they are shining.
Last week, I experimented: I sautéed a dozen large leaves of kale, which cooked down quite a bit, and then I froze it–it only filled a small part of a plastic freezer bag. I should be doing that with whole bunches of it, but it takes time to wash and cut and sauté and cool and bag. We’ve been eating basil this week–especially yummy with an heirloom tomato we bought from the coop. I learned not to put it in the refrigerator, but to keep cut stems in a vase with water.
For now, I just want to say thank you to the earth for creating such abundance! Give me the strength to receive and cherish and preserve your gifts. I’d better get outside and harvest some more!
Happy to hear your garden is thriving! Pesto freezes really well in small batches. You can leave out the cheese until you use it. Also– cut a few tops…maybe 3 inches or so…off the basil, put the stems in water, and they will root. Then you can pot them for your windowsill to have fresh basil through the winter. They grow a lot slower, but with a little care (and frequent watering) they do pretty well.
Hi and thanks! I haven’t really made pesto before–wasn’t sure if it would work with a blender (vs. a food processor which we don’t have.) But it has been on my mind.
Yes! Blender! That’s all I’ve ever used. Start with the oil, salt and nuts (I use pecans,walnuts and pine nuts combined rather than all pine nuts). Whirl. Then add the leaves. Happy to send recipe if you’d like to have it.
would love you to send recipe! Can you post it here?
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Myke, wow, the garden looks great!
I know! I am amazed!