I have been meaning to share a post about our garden, and my friend's inquiry (Hi, Steph!) gave me the push I needed to do so.
Like most of the Midwest, we have experienced a drought this summer. I nearly gasped when I saw our crackly brown "grass" upon returning home from vacation. With vigilant watering and a couple much-needed soaking rains in the last week, our yard is finally looking better. Our garden has been similarly mixed due to the dry heat.
Last year we had a massive harvest of green beans. This year, I think we've had a dozen beans--total! However, our onions and potatoes are doing great. I love those crops, along with garlic, that have a longer shelf life. I usually only buy a couple of onions in a whole year's time!
We've gotten quite a few green and red peppers, and a bountiful supply of Roma tomatoes. I had the same lunch 6 days straight last week! I put a handful of spinach/romaine in the bottom of a bowl, then add a cup of cooked pasta. Next I put a couple diced Romas, along with a veggie or two that needs to be used up (onion, pepper, avocado). I drizzle Italian dressing on, add a sprinkle of mozzarella, and voila! A delicious, healthy, and easy lunch! Unfortunately, no one else in my family will eat such a creation, so I just make a single serving for me, and everyone else gets sandwiches or leftovers! =)
Since the nutrition workshop I attended a couple months ago, I've been much more cognizant of incorporating fruits and veggies into what we eat. It's easier, of course, in the summer when fresh produce abounds, and I'm trying to offer greater variety than I have in the past. This is also on my radar as I face packing nutritious lunches for Nathan as he heads off to Kindergarten in a week. (More to come on that topic!)
On another fruity note, you may recall me mentioning a couple years ago that we were the recipients of several coolers full of apples. Eric's friend has since moved, but Eric decided to stop at the house and ask the new residents if they might have extras. The guy said they didn't plan to pick any of them, so we loaded up 12 dozen for free! We spent a few hours the other night making applesauce. Boy, did our kitchen smell yummy!
Here is a pic of the result of our applesauce endeavor, minus 5 jars that had already been taken downstairs.
So, there's an update on our harvests thus far. How does your garden grow?