My mom sent me these planting systems called Earth Boxes for my birthday. An Earth Box is a container that allows your plants to water themselves and it includes all kinds of fertilizer/plant food ingredients. I don’t have the greenest thumb so I went to the nursery and asked for easy to grow and eat plants. My garden now includes strawberries, sage, rosemary, heirloom tomatoes, Japanese eggplants, baby lettuce, thyme, cippolini onions, chives, basil, and rhubarb chard.
The rhubarb chard is one of the plants lucky enough to live in the earth box, which is clearly powered by some alien kryptonite substance because the chard will just not stop coming. I cut all the leaves and a few days later, I have a full chard plant with giant leaves again. The problem is I don’t really know what to do with chard. I usually add some to my salad, but that is not really doing the job. Today I harvested my chard and removed the stems and spines. Then I cut the chard in 1″ strips. I thinly sliced some onions and chopped garlic. I sauteed all of this in a combo of olive oil and butter with salt and butter. Zomg, delicious! Is it so good because it went from my garden to my plate in 10 minutes? Or is chard the biggest secret hiding in our backyards?
I didn’t take a picture of the finished project partially because it didn’t look that pretty, but mostly because I couldn’t stop eating it long enough to photograph it. Huzzah. Three cheers for chard!