Hello London!

What’s up in your world this coming weekend? Does anyone have any exciting plans? The temperatures won’t be through the roof by any stretch, but it doesn’t look like rain so far. How many of you will be out in the garden? I am sure you can find a few things to prune, or a weed or two to eradicate. Maybe you can even get a few plants in the ground too! I don’t think you can quite plant the whole vegetable garden just yet, but there are a few things you can get into the ground already, like;

  • beets
  • carrots
  • leeks
  • lettuce & other salad greens
  • peas
  • radishes
  • spinach
  • swiss chard

All of these veggies love cooler weather and can handle the occasional frost that Mother Nature still has in store for us. Just be forewarned though, that if a hard frost (or gasp… snow!) is called for, you can always cover up your tender plants with anything from burlap, newspaper, a cardboard box or a cloche of some sort or another.

Now if you are itching to harvest something, then you are not completely out of luck. If you have asparagus in your garden give it a check, as some of the Ontario asparagus is starting to come ready. Generally you can begin harvesting asparagus three years after it is planted, so if you have been waiting patiently, get out there now! Some of your perennial herbs might be big enough to flavour your meals with, like chives, oregano or perhaps even the thyme. Also keep an eye on the rhubarb patch, as it will be ready sooner than you think. And for those of you that are out there weeding dandelions from your yard, why not keep a handful to bring into the kitchen. It is chock full of vitamins A, B complex, C and D, plus contains iron, potassium and zinc. You can add the leaves into your salad, turn the flowers into wine or make a tea out of the leaves or roots. Not quite certain that you are ready to take that step? Why not try this recipe from Southern Food.

Dandelion Greens

Taraxacum officinale (Dandelion) - weed

Taraxacum officinale (Dandelion) - weed (Photo credit: Arthur Chapman)

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 pound dandelion greens
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 whole small dried hot chile pepper, seeds removed, crushed
  • 1/4 cup cooking oil
  • salt and pepper
  • Parmesan cheese

DIRECTIONS:

Discard dandelion green roots; wash greens well in salted water. Cut leaves into 2-inch pieces. Cook greens uncovered in small amount of salted water until tender, about 10 minutes. Sauté onion, garlic, and chile pepper in oil. Drain greens; add to onion garlic mixture. Taste dandelion greens and season with salt and pepper. Serve dandelion greens with grated Parmesan cheese.

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Serve that up with a nice big fat steak and Bob’s your uncle.

Open House this weekend at 11324 Ivan Dr!

Of course, if you find you are getting blisters on your hands from all that gardening by the end of the weekend, you could always venture out to take a tour around 11324 Ivan Dr. I will be holding an Open House there on Sunday from 1-4pm and would love to show you around the place. It has 4 bedrooms, 2 baths and is surrounded by a 5 acre hobby farm, with a barn and paddocked area that can accommodate up to 4 horses. Other points of note are its geothermal heating, open concept main floor with hardwoods, propane fireplace with stone, granite countertops and an updated well pump. You have to see this property to truly appreciate all it has to offer, and all only 10 minutes from London!  So slate in a short drive and just wait to fall in love with this gorgeous home in Ilderton.

Have a great weekend! See you Sunday!

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