May Garden Pasta for One

I’ve got an extra day off today so I decided to make something new from the garden and decided on pasta.  This time I used pea leaves and tendrils, radish greens, japanese mustard greens, viola petals, Spanish mint, hyssop, and marjoram from the garden, added olive oil, a splash of malt vinegar (only because I don’t have any lemons on hand) garlic, salt and pepper and let it sit while I boiled the noodles.  This takes exactly as long as it takes you to cook the noodles so if you’re in a hurry or don’t feel like cooking this is perfect.  You can make the dressing a few hours beforehand too, the longer it sits the better it will taste!  I also added a bit of parmesan cheese.   And again, this will work with any greens and herbs in your garden, I can absolutely recommend this combination though, the mint is really great in it.

 

about this much is a good amount for one person (about 3 centimeters high I guess)

so good.

The great thing about growing vegetables like peas, mustard and radish is that all parts of the plant are edible so you can use them in a ton of different ways.  Also, all three of them grow quickly and early, so you can get some fresh greens earlier on in the year!

And I do promise to do some more vintage sewing posts soon!  First rainy day I promise.  Enjoy the fine weather 🙂

Signs of Life

Today I took advantage of the glorious sunny, warm weather to go out and do my first weeding of my balcony garden, and see which plants survived the winter.  I was surprised to find that all of them had some green buds on them, except for the annuals which were going to kick the bucket anyhow, and one of my raspberry bushes.  Here’s what’s growing now.

Spanish mint

 

Over the winter one of the spanish mint tendrils grew into a bucket of water. Despite the ice this winter, this is what it looks like now! I planted it and hope it grows!

 

Chocolate mint

 

German mint

 

Pear tree

 

Red roses (my other rose bush is budding too, but I forgot to take a picture)

 

Snapdragons and Chinese mustard (theres about 3 more mustard stalks growing that aren't pictured)

 

Alfalfa. this year it jumped to about 3 different pots, it's growing EVERYWHERE now

 

St. John's Wort

 

Raspberries

 

Chamomile. My chamomile and alfafa are like the Mongolian horde this year. I've got them both taking mass amounts of territory in my garden. I've been transplanting them to smaller pots to save space for my tomatoes.

 

Strawberries and more chamomile

 

Blueberries

 

More blueberries and snapdragons

 

My oregano plant is getting HUGE

 

Ivy and sea lavender. I swear to god if my lavender doesn't bloom again this year I'm going to give it a Very Stern Talking To

 

An alfalfa scouting party, hyssop, and a small bud of lovage (you can't see it here)

 

Rue, marjoram, and tarragon

 

 

There is nothing better than the first day cutting out the old stems on herb plants, the smell is incredible! I’ve really missed having dirt under my fingernails and smelling that green smell!  I know we’ve got a few more cold spells coming before spring really sets in, but today just washed away about 10 kilos of stress 🙂  Happy spring!