Archive for July, 2012

My friend, Terri has some fun with a beet!

This spring, I planted the Early Wonder Tall Top Beet, and have really been enjoying the harvest. (Happily, the deer don’t seem to bother them.) The photo above was taken in early June when the beets were still rather small, a bit smaller than a ping-pong ball. When they were that size, they were delicious roasted, just drizzled with a bit of olive oil, wrapped in parchment paper, and into the oven until nice and tender. They were amazing!

Early Wonder Tall Top Beet

Once thinned in the garden, the beets kept getting bigger. When they became a good size, I was able to cut them julienne style and put them into a stir-fry. What’s great about a stir-fry is that the greens can be used as well, and saute nicely, usually best in a covered skillet and put in last, after the vegetables are mostly cooked.

Beets with carrots, celery, red pepper, onions, and beet greens over brown rice.

The Early Wonder is great raw too, in salads for example. And I found a tasty recipe (below) for lettuce wraps with lemon-ginger dipping sauce. These are so yummy but kind of messy to eat!

Lettuce wraps with lemon-ginger dipping sauce

Lettuce Wraps with Lemon-Ginger Dipping Sauce

Sauce

  • 1/2 cup raw tahini
  • a bit of honey (to taste)
  • lemon juice (you can make the sauce as thick or thin as you like)
  • 2 tsp minced fresh ginger

Lettuce Wraps

  • Lettuce leaves
  • julienned carrots
  • julienned raw beets
  • julienned red bell pepper
  • sunflower or mung bean sprouts
  • basil and mint leaves (optional)

Great on a hot summer day. Enjoy!

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Beans (left) and strawberries (right) were casualties of the deer.

All right, Bambi, I know it was you…and you’re in big trouble! Sunday night, I went down to the garden to pick some beets for dinner, and was horrified to discover the leaves on all my strawberry plants were gone. It looked like someone had mowed them down with a weed-wacker. The beans got it too, even though I managed to salvage some of them (shown on the left, the beans are “Royalty Purple Pod” and yes, they are purple, but turn green when cooked.) It seems deer also like tomato plants, because one of mine had the top eaten off.

How to get rid of deer? I’ve heard of some crazy solutions, such as sprinkling human hair around the garden, or shaved bars of Irish Spring soap. Any other ideas? If so let me know!

Oh deer! A tomato plant got eaten, too!

The evidence!

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