As I mentioned yesterday, our garden isn’t exactly anything to write home about yet. We’ve been in our new house for three weeks, so our tallest seedlings are about three inches high. We have lots of them, but they are quite small. I find myself filled with chard envy when I visit Sheri’s blog. And unfortunately I’ve purchased quite a few bunches of kale and chard in the last few weeks. We have a farmers’ market here, and there’s a lady who grows all sorts of organic produce about a mile from our house. We visit her stall at the market each week, and it will tide us over nicely until our own garden dreams are realized.
But I still hate to pay for my greens. We’ve been making green smoothies for about 18 months. For about the last 14 months, we’ve grown all of our own greens – even through the winter months when we grew them in our hydroponic garden. Going back to paying $3/bunch for organic kale is a killer, especially when you go through 7 – 10 bunches a week.
So we’re eating the dandelions from our yard. Given the state of this place, I am confident that no herbicides were ever used anywhere on our property. The weeds are impressive, and we’re still in the middle of our battles with them. At first I didn’t think we had dandelions, but I’ve since discovered a few clumps here and there. I’ve been cropping them, washing them well, and blending them up in our smoothies. Dandelions are a little bitter, and not