I had a nice gardening/herb surprise this year. My chicory is blooming!
I planted it last year and it never came up~at least not for months and then I assumed that it was nothing but weeds. We probably mowed it down a time or two. I figured that the rain had washed away the seeds that I planted and had given up. What a happy surprise to see it this year. I love the color of the flowers.
Did you know that you can eat the chicory leaves either raw or cooked? I knew that the flowers were beautiful and the roots could be used for a coffee substitute, but I've never known anyone to eat the leaves. I read that you can also eat the flowers in salads. Well, I think they are too pretty to eat!
Our garden is growing well. Our tomatoes are getting tall and have several tomatoes on them. We will have them much earlier this year than last! Our pepper plants look good, as do the squash and pumpkins, but no blooms on them, yet. I'll try to get some pictures posted soon.
The strawberries are loving their raised bed and I think they are doing well for their first year.
We want to add some more raised beds in time for a fall garden.
How are your gardens doing? Are you doing any special projects this summer?