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Nasturtium seeds

The five little things that made my week…

1. The garden is a tangled mess of nasturtium vines right now, which are slowly dying back with our dry spell. But one bonus crop is a bright spot amidst all the brown: nasturtium seeds! I wait for them every year as the flowers start to shrivel but the seeds are still fresh and green. Harvest a handful of them to make your very own “capers”! While not true capers, they’re peppery and tangy and delicious in a number of dishes. I call them poor man’s capers and a little goes a long way in the kitchen!

Snow peas

2. On the other hand, I’m letting these seeds dry up on the vine. They become next year’s snow peas! (Do you save your own seeds? Here’s a guide I wrote on saving and storing them.)

Cucumber sprouts

3. With a new baby in the house, I’ve been finding it challenging to get out in the garden as much as I’d like. The longest stretch she’ll sleep during the day is three hours, and those three hours are my busiest as I try to accomplish everything on my to-do list! One of the tasks I ticked off last week was sowing seeds along our trellis. I’m a little late in starting these cucumber plants, but luckily, our season is long enough to sustain them through fall.

Baby tomatillos

4. Because I’ve been slacking on the seed starting this season, I ended up buying a few starter plants. It makes me so happy to see something growing in the garden right now! These babies right here are this summer’s salsa!

Immature mulberries

5. Tomatillos aren’t the only things thriving. Seems we’re going to have our best mulberry season ever in the six years we’ve lived in this house! (That is, if we can harvest them all before the birds get to them…)

Linda Ly About Author

I'm a plant lover, passionate road-tripper, and cookbook author whose expert advice and bestselling books have been featured in TIME, Outside, HGTV, and Food & Wine. The No-Waste Vegetable Cookbook is my latest book. Garden Betty is where I write about modern homesteading, farm-to-table cooking, and outdoor adventuring โ€” all that encompass a life well-lived outdoors. After all, the secret to a good life is... Read more ยป

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    Silly Little Sheep
    June 5, 2016 at 2:46 am

    Lovely photos! Mu nasturtiums are being eaten by snails ๐Ÿ˜€ We had a rainy spell here, so I am wondering what I will find in the garden today (chances are it might be nothing ๐Ÿ˜€ )


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