The Fruits of Our Labor

by Marcy on August 12, 2008 · 0 comments

Or something like that! Actually it is my husband who has been “tending” to our container and flower bed “garden” all summer. We have been enjoying some of our produce the last couple of weeks, and when we were outside tonight I decided to take a few pictures. The last time I did a garden update was in early June, and things have changed a bit since then. :)

Our herbs (basil, oregano, parsley) aren’t getting used as much as I anticipated. We just cut the basil back tonight, so it is looking a little sad in this picture. Of the three, we have used the basil the most. We like to make foil packets of cherry tomatoes, basil, Parmesan cheese, olive oil and salt and toss them on the top rack of the grill for a few minutes when our meat is almost cooked.

As for our Bibb lettuce, I have somehow managed to get new growth all summer. I’m not sure if it is due to the fairly mild temps or if it because we have our flower pot in a relatively shady area. Regardless, we are still getting enough to make a good salad. Here is a picture of what I cut tonight.

Our tomato plants are looking kind of burnt, but we have been getting cherry and grape tomatoes for a couple of weeks now. They are super sweet and yummy. I don’t think that we have gotten as many this year as we did last year, but I’m thinking it is because we planted our tomato plants in the flower bed last year as opposed to pots. They are doing fine but probably would have grown larger in the flower bed.

The same goes for our peppers. We have been getting smallish green peppers for a couple of weeks now, and while they taste fine, I’m thinking the plants would have done a little better in our flower beds. We had huge peppers last year. We have been slicing these up and putting them in foil packets with butter and seasoned salt and grilling them on the top rack of the grill as well. Yum!

This is the first year that we have tried to grow pumpkins. My friend, Susan had some extra plants that she wanted to get rid of, so we decided to put them in the flower bed where we used to plant our peppers and tomatoes. They started out so small, but have grown HUGE. We also planted cucumbers near the pumpkins and they are all kind of grown together.

We have counted at least 5 pumpkins in our little suburban patch. I’m excited to use them for decoration and maybe even to carve this fall. We usually go to a pumpkin patch to buy pumpkins, so this should save us a little cash in the fall.

This is also our first year attempting to grow cucumbers. My husband got the seeds from one of his co workers for free, and we ate our first cuke this week. I have no clue what variety they are, but they taste awesome! We have 3-4 more that are about ready to pick.

We are still beginning gardeners, but both my husband and I have really been enjoying it. We are saving a little bit of money while adding healthy (and fresh) foods to our meals. I’m not sure why, but there is a sense of accomplishment in being able to grow even a little bit of the food that we eat.

We are planning on planting carrots and some more lettuce this week. We have never tried carrots, so we’ll see how that goes. I am already getting excited about next year…I’m thinking that we’ll keep trying a few new things each year (as space permits). I will admit that this summer is the first summer where I wished I lived in the country (or on a larger piece of land) again. I am also taking a (free) canning class in a few weeks to learn more about that. I feel like an alien sometimes…a few short years ago I would have never guessed that I would be a stay at home mom with an interest in anything even remotely domestic. It’s funny how things change, isn’t it?

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