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 Food I am harvesting now! September 1, 2011

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PostSubject: Food I am harvesting now! September 1, 2011   Thu Sep 01, 2011 6:34 pm

Record heat, lots of days over 100 degrees, watering restrictions......

These are the plants that are producing food in my garden throughout the drought:

Greens

Lambs Quarters (huge bushes, unstoppable, nutritious, and delectable!)
Sweet Potato (Asian and regular)
Lau (bottle gourd greens, perhaps my favorite summer greens)
Egyptian Spinach (ditto notes on Lambs Quarters)
Cholesterol Spinach (the plants in the shade)
Wild Arugula
Climbing Spinach

Vegetables

Winter Squashes (they don't give up! "winter"?)
Lau (young edible gourds)
Bitter Melon/Gourd
Hot Peppers
Jerusalem Artichokes (not quite ready to harvest yet, but loving the heat and beautiful flowers!)
Okra
Nopales
Should check on the progress of the sweet potatoes....
Sugar Cane
Kumquats

Herbs

Sage
Basil (Italian and esp Thai)
Mexican Mint Marigold (Tarragon equivalent)
Bay Leaves
Rosemary
Marjoram
Thai Ginger
Oregano
Mint
Lemon Grass
Kaffir Lime
Curry Leaves
Epazote

Tomatoes, sweet peppers, eggplants, and flat beans (Lablab) have paused their production but seem ready to pick back up with a break in the heat. Papaya trees started this spring have some fruit already, though not ripe yet.

Lots of flowers and now swarms of humming birds thanks to all the tough Texas native plants and a few hardy non-native habitat plants!




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