We had a good crop of pumpkins this year. We saved seeds from butternut pumpkins that a friend of ours had shared with us last season. We saved the seeds as the pumpkins were extra-nice. Very tasty, creamy, etc.
The funny thing is that another friend of ours saved seeds from these pumpkins, too. For the same reason. And she had a fantastic germination rate, so she shared her seedlings with us.
However, we got a cross between a Jap and Butternut pumpkin. Hence our name for this cross - Japnut. But they still taste very nice. No complaints here.
The really funny thing is that the friend whose pumpkins we all loved, went and bought herself new butternut seeds and used those to grow her pumpkins this season. No crosses for her. *LOL*
I love beetroot. It's growing nicely in the garden at the moment. I sowed it quite thickly, but germination was so good that I have to seriously thin it out now. Not much of a chore, as I like baby beetroot even more than fully grown one.
I grow two varieties.
The leaves and stalks get chopped up as well.
Everything into the pan, where I've already sautéed garlic, chili and ginger with some turmeric. Put the lid on and let it do it's thing until the beetroot is nicely soft.
Serve with a fried egg.
Isn't that egg yolk gorgeous?! Our girls are doing a great job, don't you think? :)
I'm getting rather hungry here. Lunch time is rapidly approaching. Maybe I should make myself a nettle omelet. The stinging nettles are looking very good - new, tender growth.
The girls are laying beautiful eggs. Herbs are in abundance. And there is still plenty of our own garlic in the pantry.
Oh, and I read somewhere that stinging nettles are really, really good for you. Like it has loads of vitamins A, C, iron, potassium, manganese, and calcium. Okay, I talked myself into it. See you later! :)
I let these flowers dry in the garden bed, for the sole purpose of getting more seeds. (To grow more safflower next season.) But now I am in a quandary. They look absolutely beautiful. How can I rip their heads apart for seeds?