A Surfeit of Greens

Salad days are here! I’m eating greens like crazy–spinach, chard, lettuce, kale–and some of the other lovely things that grow along side them in the spring, such as carrots, peas, radishes, and the occasional turnip.


I roasted this with last night’s dinner.

The Plot Against Hunger gardens are both thriving and planted completely. The large garden has already yielded quite a lot and the small garden will be turning out lettuces and peas soon. Later, there will be carrots, tomatoes, and sweet and hot peppers.


These lettuces have been harvested several times. I expect they’ll be bolting soon, but in the meantime, it’s all going to AFAC.

One of the pleasures of this time of year is the flowers. Roses show up in any photograph down the length of my garden.


I’ve protected the beans from the depredations of the rabbits, but I think some wily voles munched quite a few of my beets. They must have a sweet tooth.

Some are spectacular, like these yellow ones.


These are in a neighboring garden.

And of course, there is love-in-a-mist (Nigella something or other). I love the pink, blue and white of this and the different forms of the flowers.


There’s something very endearing about these flowers. Jerusalem artichokes are encroaching on the right.

The kitchen, should you be interested, has been gutted. Electrical wiring has been upgraded and the plumbing inspected. It’s not pretty. Sometime this week, I expect cabinets will start to go up. The following week, let’s hope we have the floor and appliances in, but that will remain to be seen. I’m awfully grateful to be staying in another place for the duration, where I can cook my greens and relax in peace.


I’m so grateful not to be living with this, but to be close enough to drop in and see progress.

Cheers and good wishes for the coming week!


I’ve had the loveliest crop of radishes this spring.

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43 Responses to A Surfeit of Greens

  1. Being as how I’m up with the news, it’s the garden that takes my fancy today. It is looking very bounteous! Has there been some culling of the bunnies that previously ate everything in sight? And your love-in-a-mist is lovely – I agree about the endearing statement . I wonder if it is because they are such an archetypal looking flower but with those friendly feathery fronds that link them back to the earliest of plant evolution.. Whatever, I am very fond of them!

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  2. Sylvie G says:

    Your kitchen looks like a huge project!
    Mmmmm, that fresh spinach seems good, quite rare in this part of the world at the moment because of previous floods.


    • arlingwoman says:

      If I could package it and send some to you, I would. I’m in that phase where my grocery bill starts going down because of the garden. You, on the other hand, are heading into latest fall… Stay warm. The kitchen is a big project indeed. I hope to be back in my place by June 9. Maybe earlier. I need to visit your latest blog!

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  3. Eliza Waters says:

    Ooh, fresh produce! I just imagine how tasty and crunchy are those carrots. Our CSA starts in two weeks…woo-hoo!
    I imagine you are pretty excited about having a brand new kitchen to work in – lucky you! 🙂

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  4. jennypellett says:

    You certainly have green fingers, Lisa! Those veggies look fantastic. I bet you can’t wait for your new kitchen to be finished. I’m sure it’ll look very pretty when it’s complete 😉

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  5. You have some excellent produce and lovely flowers there, Lisa. But did you really roast a pipe? 🙂 Nigella Lawson perhaps? :). Hope the kitchen is in order.


  6. KerryCan says:

    You must be the healthiest person ever, with that veggie diet! It’s all so lush and gorgeous! Except the kitchen, of course–that must be a hot mess. But it will be gorgeous soon!

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  7. Brenda says:

    You can’t have too many greens! Your veggies look wonderful and give me a peek at where we will be an a few weeks. My Love in a Mist spring up all over the place and I welcome them wherever they want to go. They are so darn lovely. Can’t wait to see your new kitchen.

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  8. Laurie Graves says:

    Those greens and those roses! Splendid. And that kitchen 😉 Yes, I can see why you are glad not to be amid that mess. Looking forward to seeing the after pictures.

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  9. Vegetables are looking superb. I’m beginning to crave vegetables. I#m even reconciled to salad. It’s probably because I’m at a low ebb. 🙂

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  10. Lisa, your garden looks lush and healthy. I’m so happy for you. I know last year was a big disappointment, but one of the best things about gardening is that you always get a fresh start the following year. I’m impressed, too, that you can significantly reduce your food bill as well. Of course there is nothing so wonderful as the flavor of the food you grow yourself. As for the remodel, it sounds like it’s moving at a fast clip: plumbing and electrical done, and cabinets going in soon. The cabinets really change the entire look. You’ll be amazed at the transformation. Most of all, I hope it’s done on schedule so you can prepare salads in your own space once again. The process is dreary, but the prize is sweet.

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    • arlingwoman says:

      Thanks, Alys. I’m looking forward to being in my own home again, but it will probably be another couple weeks, and I’m living large now in a fine apartment, trying to think what to give the owners as a thank you gift. Liquor of some sort, I think, but…


      • Perhaps the longer you stay, an obvious gift for your host will present itself. Is it strange living on another floor? In what will seem like a completely unrelated comment, I remember you mentioning a wet wall behind your bed. I have a friend who lined her wall with inexpensive foam squares first, before hanging a decorative tapestry. They served as both insulation and sound-dampening. It might not be your style to put up a quilt, so just a thought. The other thing that occurred to me, though far more disruptive, is to build out a few inches of Sheetrock, then insulate it within the gap.

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      • arlingwoman says:

        Now that’s interesting. My primary concern with the wet wall is old pipes and a potential leak. The sound doesn’t bother me, though it’s apparently a feng shui taboo to have the head board at a wet wall (but bad to have it at a window as well and they don’t like the kitchen either, which rules out all my walls in the bedroom). But you were talking decoration and sound insulation and that’s a thought. I’m going to be going in there with some new eyes. I actually like being on the second floor. It’s lighter and reminds me of an apartment I had years ago that was like a little aerie. In any event, I do hope something occurs to me for a gift. We’ll see. They don’t need books!


      • Perhaps a gift certificate to a favorite restaurant, or even one of your own fine cooked meals in your remodeled kitchen with wine to take home? It’s funny how we remember things. I thought for some reason that it was the sound of the neighbor showering that was waking you up. Leaking pipes is far worse! Maybe it’s time you bought a round bed and popped it in the middle of the room? 😉

        Here we avoid windows due to earthquakes. Our bedroom is also configured in such a way that we only have one place to put the bed. As such, when we replaced our windows 20 years ago, we replaced our bedroom window with tempered glass. The room is large (too big in my opinion) with a sliding glass door on one side, sliding closet doors on the other, a window on the third, and an oddly shaped set of walls to accommodate the hall and the bathroom. The bed has been in the same place for 21 years!


      • arlingwoman says:

        That’ll keep you from rearranging for sure. There are only two places to put the bed. The kitchen wall has the bed perpendicular to the doorway and I found that bothered me, and I slept better with it on the wet wall. But I worry that the bed might hide evidence of a leak (though I have the ears of a jackal and would go looking for evidence pretty quickly). Ah, well, there are far better things to do than rearrange furniture!


  11. Robbie says:

    OMG!!!! Your food is beautiful. I can hardly wait to see my garden giving me such bounty. WOW. My garden is starting to provide some lettuce. I planted a Batavian lettuce in our heat since they don’t bolt. All my other lettuce bolted last year, but this little beauty did not. I am keeping my fingers crossed that this one will not bolt the first week we start having 80-degree weather:-)
    You sure have a productive garden, I hope mine can give me as much!. I would LOVE to have carrots as good looking as your:-) I planted oxheart this year, fingers crossed again!!!Oh well, I have gushed all over your garden produce!!!!

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    • arlingwoman says:

      Thanks, Robbie! I’m pretty pleased myself. I’ve discovered ‘clear cutting’ greens, especially arugula. It takes forever for it to bolt. I do the same thing with the lettuces and they come back. Of course, at a certain point, they still bolt, but…Carrots were planted in February. We had some nice weather back then and I got carrots and beets in.

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  12. Lavinia Ross says:

    The garden looks wonderful! So many good things to eat at this time of year. Good luck with the remodeling!


  13. LB says:

    Lisa, your garden is gorgeous! And I see from a recent comment that your cabinets are in.
    How exciting! It is indeed a challenge to have your house in disarray …. keep your eye on the prize, though, for soon you will be cooking those lovely vegetables in your new space!

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    • arlingwoman says:

      It’s rained so much I haven’t taken pictures in the garden this weekend. But I did get pictures of the cabinets…so maybe I’ll get a blog on that! Thanks for coming by!


  14. Karen says:

    The gardens look wonderful. I think you are right, when I had my garden in New Hampshire, voles ate almost every single beet I had planted. Knew it was voles because if spotted one amongst the beets.

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  15. Boomdeeadda says:

    I guess I’m back in May now, but I’m still amazed at what comes from your garden this early in the year. We can only just plant seeds in mid May when the earth thaws. Everything we grow is mostly harvested late July to late August. By mid September, comes a big clean up again. Badda Bing…done like a carrot dinner. x Boomdee

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