Once my garden produces an abundance of fresh herbs and vegetables, the time is right to cook Botvinka. Soups are very popular in Eastern Europe, and are the first course of a lunch of dinner meal, just like tossed salads in the US.
The name for this soup derives from the description of the tops (botvinka – leaves and stalks) of very young red beet plants, which are the major ingredient in this soup. This dish is full of goodness of fresh, young, green leafy vegetables, and because they are so tender, they require very short cooking time.
With all the frequent rain showers we experienced lately in our area, my garden is in its glory, and thriving.
If you love gardening, as I do, you will agree that no matter how much, and how often, you water your garden, it does not measure up to one good rain fall, and the plants just seem to grow in front of your eyes soon afterward.
This season’s harvest already began in my garden, and, with great pleasure, I was able to pick some baby red beets, dill, chives, summer squash, zucchini, green beans, and basil.
I have shared my April Blooms, and my May Blooms, now it’s time for June Blooms.
This is a transition period in my garden , since all the earlier blooms are passed their blooming time, and there are fewer perennial blooming plants as we get deeper into the summer season. I have been busy planting summer annuals, to add a splash of color to the remaining foliage, but they will not be ready for pictures until later in the season.
I already showed you some of my flower patches, and I mentioned my small organic garden, which I started two years ago. All my plants are cultivated in a mix of mushroom soil and organic gardening soil. I do not use any additional fertilizers, and definitely no pesticides.
I grow perennial herbs and fruits, and annual vegetables.