It’s planting season at our house, so we thought we would share some of the things we have learned
over the last 30 years or so of gardening.
We LOVE green smoothies at our house, however greens are not real easy to get in the winter. At least not where we live. So we started planting extra greens in the spring and whenever we have a little extra time someone heads out to cut three or four large bags of greens (chard, kale, beet greens, collard greens, etc) We wash them up good, spin out the water with a good salad spinner and chop and freeze the ones that will go into soups, egg dishes or stir fries later. The ones that will go into smoothies we just put into freezer bags whole. By doing this we always have plenty of greens ready to go! This makes it super fast and easy to add them to all kind of dishes. Greens can be a great way to make a recipe more healthy.
Another thing we like to do is plant plenty of extra herbs. We love the taste of fresh herbs and we can’t always find them in the winter either, so our solution to that is to plant more than we can use in the summer and freeze the excess! They are super easy to freeze, when the plants get big and full trim them back for a harvest. Then bring them in and clean and chop them. We like to freeze them in wide mouth quart jars because they are easy to get out of the jar when needed. Use these chopped herbs just as you would fresh. However they are best if you are using them for cooking. Our favorite herbs to freeze are basil, cilantro, parsley and mint. We also LOVE the flavor of meats cooked with frozen sage, oregano, thyme, rosemary tarragon and marjoram. For Thanksgiving we freeze packets of sage, thyme, rosemary and marjoram. We put it in with the turkey and it is sooooo much better that dried spices.
We hope these ideas help you as much as they have helped us! You might also like to check out our post on 6 Benefits of Wood Chip Gardening. It’s the only way we will ever garden now!
What are some of the things you like to put greens in? Let us know in the comments!