After a couple of months I have learned a lot about having a garden and the work that goes into the care and maintenance. I have already grown a new appreciation for farmers, and the easy access most of us have to fresh food – that most of us take advantage of. My eyes have been opened.
The ‘sad’ eggplants I spoke of earlier are bouncing back, and everything else is growing nicely. The basil, dill, and cilantro plants are growing wild! We have already picked a couple bunches of dill for potato salad, creamy dips, and homemade refrigerator pickles! Basil has been used to spruce up spaghetti sauce, make fabulous tomato-feta salads, and to put on sandwiches 🙂 I will be using my abundance of Cilantro to make batches of Strawberry-Avocado Salsas and Fresh Tomato Salsas (both recipes found on our website!).
We did have a few casualties so fa. For example we learned the consequences of not thinning out radishes…..and when we tried to transplant them they did not survive. I also learned to be more careful when weeding around tiny plants by accidentally pulling out a pepper plant 🙁 The wind took hold of our cucumber plant and uprooted it. Next year we will try to block the wind using stronger, taller plants, and I have learned to be more careful and gentle when weeding. It is all part of the learning process!
Our lettuces have grown so well! We have already used a bunch of romaine for Caesar Salad and bunches of red and green leaf lettuces for a lovely garden salad. I really do think food tastes better when you grow it yourself. I can’t wait for the tomatoes to ripen and the peppers and eggplants to grow! Healthy eating here I come! 🙂
Carling Heights is a beautiful garden; I cannot wait to see the progress my garden makes in the next few months.