Pesto for early spring

Today was the first weekend that I’ve been home in over a month that has had decent weather. I spent the day weeding the lower garden and trying to get caught up on some planting. I planted Chiogga beets, early cabbage, broccoli, a spring lettuce mix and some bok choy. I also harvested some of the spinach that I’d planted in the fall. Planting Spinach in the fall works out really well – even though you can’t really eat it by the time winter comes, it stays alive all winter and gets a head start, so there’s actually something growing in the garden in April that is ready to eat. I invented a pesto recipe to use up the spinach – it’s a seasonally appropriate pesto, so no basil in it.

4-6 cups washed Spinach

2-5 cloves of garlic

1/2 – 3/4 cup olive oil

1/2 to 1 cup of walnuts

1/4 tsp salt, and pepper to taste

Put all ingredients in food processor and process till smooth. toss with Pasta and crumbled feta cheese.

In other news, Mrs. Whitey the white Muscovy duck decided to get broody again while I was out of town. She decided to put her new nest inside the chicken coop, underneath the nest boxes. This is a pretty safe place as far as I can tell – the biggest danger is that chickens will decide to hide some eggs on her nest. Chickens will hatch in only 21 days, but Muscovy ducks take 35 days. Alice the Appleyard has got a nice nest going too – although up to now she’s not shown any signs of wanting to sit on it.

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