Today the young gardeners harvested a huge bag of kale and carried it back to Miss Laurie who last year made kale chips for everyone.
If you haven’t tried kale chips they are easy to make.
Preheat oven to 275 degrees. Remove the rib and then cut the washed kale into two inch pieces. Dry.
Spread kale on a baking sheet and toss with the olive oil and salt. Bake until crisp about 15 to 20 minutes.
Note: curly kale takes longer to crisp then lacinato kale. Kale chips have a nice crunch, like potato chips.
In addition, gardeners picked two baskets full of green beans….and ate more right off the plant. Eating straight from the vine is one of the true pleasures of gardening. And the young gardeners know this.
They also sampled basil and nasturtiums. But the all time favorite is still sugar snap peas. They are green candy…sweet and crunchy, warmed by the sun. Yum.
After harvesting, we tried a new lemonade. This one was made with the herb basil, also grown in our garden.
Basil Lemonade has always had a huge following with gardeners telling me time and again they prefer basil lemonade over plain lemonade.
To make basil lemonade, wash a cup full of basil leaves and add them to a blender with a cup of water. Blend on high, pour through a a strainer, and into a pitcher of your favorite lemonade. Chill and pour over ice. It is so good.
Artists in the Garden
The temperature and humidity were high today, so gardeners were given the opportunity to sit in the shade and create a drawing of the garden. In a few weeks – when everyone if finished – I will post these in an online exhibit of the Moreau Community Garden.