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Harvesting and Learning

It’s dark and blustery today as we scan the skies for the storm that’s supposed to be heading our way. I’m taking advantage of the cooler temperatures to get outside and plant and harvest, putting the last of my winter garden in.

I dug four plots and planted sugar snap peas and regular peas, yellow beetroot and red and white striped beetroot, and a whole lot of purple carrots. I always need purple carrots for medieval events since the orange variety wasn’t in existence in the 12th century, so I plant heaps to make sure I have enough. Everything is tucked in the ground, watered in well, with a light mulch to protect them in case this storm is worse than anticipated.

Then I harvested. I love how big, leafy plants can hide so many delicious things! Heaps and heaps of eggplants in all sorts of shapes and colours, adorable patty pan squashes, and even a few tomatoes. Seeing them all piled together makes me so happy.

My radishes are going berserk, so today I half-filled a basket and will roast them for dinner with olive oil, salt, and fresh thyme. Normally I roast the green tops too – but these days I save them for our piglets knowing that any good thing they ingest will become even better bacon, ham, and sausage down the road.

Last but not least, I harvested chilies, or peppers, which is what I grew up calling them. There are banana peppers and chipotle peppers, poblanos and regular red chilies. I’m excited to roast the poblanos, smoke the chipotles, and turn all those banana peppers into a sweet chili sauce.

In between harvesting and planting I take breaks to rest and read and take notes. I’m adding a few new medieval medicines to my repertoire this year, and am having fun deciding which ones to make. I’ll definitely be making some tinctures, and a few concoctions with valerian root and arrow root. I will definitely NOT be making these two I discovered while researching medieval Netherlands:

Healing Froth: Soap the skull of a person who dies violently, mix the froth with two spoons full of human blood, a little lard, linseed oil, and some cinnamon. Drink.

Ward off Fever: Fill a nutshell with spider heads and wear on a string around your neck to keep fevers at bay.

While those medieval folks had plenty of fantastic remedies that did and do work, these horrors are not among them. Shudder.

I’ll definitely be sticking to my tried and true herbal remedies like Elderberry Syrup to fight colds and Pineapple Sage Tisane to help on sad days. xo

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The-FoodTrotter - Such a lovely horn of plenty from your garden. I love the diversity of colors, shapes and scents of freshly harvested home grown vegetables. It’s beautiful:)

Velva - I am reminded with this post that we are on opposite seasons! We are preparing to get hot again, and you are preparing to get cold.

I have just planted my summer garden. 🙂


Laura - Love your photos. Those little eggplants are soo cute!

Nina - Great photos Krista! I have never had roasted radishes before. How do you prepare them?

Ruth Johnston - I miss home grown veggies the most. I love travel but boy do I miss my garden!

budget jan - I’ve never baked radishes or even heard of anyone else doing it either. I must try that. Do you peel them?

Tania|My Kitchen Stories - Hi Krista
I hope the storm hasn’t been too bad for your new seeds today.
I am just imagining how many spiders must have been around to b making that kind of potion. Thank God I wasn’t alive then…

Beth - How beautiful! I’ve never tried roasting radishes…will def add that to my list for the year. It’s time to get the garden cranked up.

Loved the post on pineapple sage too! I grew some for the first time last year …but it’s an annual here and it took most of the season to grow big enough to do something with. Maybe I’ll try it again, it smelled lovely.

Elderberry is wonderful – every fall I make syrup with the berries, ginger, cloves and cinnamon and some local honey. It seems to help plus the boys love the taste.

Sending love…I always look forward to your posts.

Tandy I Lavender and Lime - So glad you are staying away from skulls and spiders! Your eggplants look amazing. Hope you did not get battered by the storm.

Maureen | Orgasmic Chef - Holy cow. Wonder where you’d get that head if you DID want to make it?? Scary thought.

gorgeous photos

Cheryl - Gorgeous, dreamy pictures as always. The elderberry syrup with added zinc sure keeps colds away for us. We call it our “miracle” potion.

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