We used the last bit of green from the garden to make a bowl of carbs. I am sure it was honored to be a part of something so yummy.
Our late summer garden wasn’t too impressive, but to be fair, we have been focusing most of our energy on growing a tiny human. I am looking forward to getting back outside in the dirt though! Especially with my new garden partner. For the fall, we are planning on some varieties of lettuce and kale, along with maybe a broccoli or two. Lots of good green veggies!
I am super surprised with how well our spinach is growing! I think it gets some shade during the hottest part of the day, but I’ve also been giving it fertilizer too. I harvest batches of leaves in the mornings, then soak them for a couple minutes in the salad spinner in some cold water and a dash of vinegar. I rinse and spin them a couple times, then let them dry a bit on a paper towel. I measure cupfuls into bags, then keep them in the crisper in the fridge. Our spinach stays much fresher for much longer than the store bought spinach!
There have been ups and downs in the garden. First of all, there was this bugger, who immediately became enemy number 1. So mean and selfish to eat the entire top of the green pepper plant yourself. But I am happy to say that the pepper seems to be growing some new leaves, so I’m hopeful he will recover.
Our cucumbers are still being rockstars. We have tons of pickles to make, and so many lemon cucumbers.
I think our squash plant got a little too moist, and encouraged some bugs to visit. He was doing so well, and then I found a bunch of holes in his stem, and his leaves wilted. I thanked him for his service, and now we have some pumpkins growing there, which I am excited about.
Finally, our spinach patch has really taken off. Its pouring rain this afternoon, but I’m planning to make the first big harvest soon. What shall I make with it??
We have sooo many cucumbers. They are one of the only veggies in the garden not complaining about all these flooding rains. Just keep growing is their motto. I picked a big batch of pickling cucumbers last week, so now we have a couple jars of sweet pickles, to eat with our sandwiches or as snacks. We made some of Jon’s favorite pulled pork in the crock pot, and ate it on sandwiches with bbq sauce, and lots of these pickles!
We are so happy to have some baby tomatoes starting! I love going out to the garden and seeing how green everyone is, and how fast everyone is growing. I started making my own fertilizer mix, and I really think its working. Its a more organic blend, and you know how those hipster farmers market foods can be. Next I want to start a mason bee colony, to help out until some of our flowers start blooming more.