|A mid-August Harvest of tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, cukes, and chard!|
Gardening hasn't been easy this year. Far from it. I had a lot of work-related travel in the spring and didn't start my own seeds. I moved on July 1 so I didn't want to plant everything in the ground at my old place (even though my landlord wanted me to because he loved my veggie garden so much). As a result, I spent a lot of money on containers to prepare for a move across town.
|The garden at the old place. I still stop by to pick and water.|
|Root-Bound Chard Seedlings|
|Late August Harvest|
|Herbs in pots. Peppers, eggplant, cukes, chard in earth boxes.|
|The plan was to move these boxes to the new place, but the plants got too big!|
|Glazed Strawberry Pot full of Herbs|
- My not-yet-2-year-old niece instinctively picked and ate a cherry tomato right off the plant in my front yard. It was the cutest thing I've ever seen. I wish I had a picture.
- Shopping at Weston Nursuries with James and the $100 gift certificate I got for making my first ever donation to public radio. I listen to WBUR every day and was so excited when I heard about that reward that I had to call in and fork over $200! Well worth it for the glazed strawberry pot I planted my chamomile, thyme, rosemary, sage, marjoram, parsley, and more in.
- I picked a handful of raspberries... at once! And then immediately ate them all. By myself. Without telling anyone (until now that is).
- Making tomato sauce from scratch with a collection of tomatoes from my garden and from my mother's garden and then using that sauce to make eggplant and zucchini parmigiana to bring to my grandmother's for her 73rd birthday party.
- Grilling eggplant, zucchini, and peppers and eating them for countless dinners then chopping up the leftovers for countless lunch salads.
- Giving peppers and cucumbers to my current landlord. I'm working up to asking to plant on their side lawn next season!
- Getting a thank you card from James' Godmother for doing what I love: preparing a meal of whole wheat spaghetti drenched in garden-grown basil pesto with Parmesan and panko crusted baked zucchini (from my garden) rounds
|I've been meaning to post this recipe for a while, but don't let that stop you from trying it!|
By the way, there's still time. I'm hoping to plant some more lettuce (mine went to seed a few weeks ago after a few hot days) and maybe some kale (will grow through the frost) and potatoes and beets. What do you want to grow? Leave a comment and I'll respond with a tip or two for you!