So A and I finished planting our gardens this weekend. I think this may be a year of “firsts” for me. First year planting a whole organic vegetable garden, first year digging my own compost into the soil, first year growing carrots, squash, cucumber, and green onions from seed (not the first for tomatos and peppers, though), and in the near future, first year of canning and pickling. We’re gonna need to learn how to can, jar, pickle, because we’re going to have vegetables growing out of our EARS. I have 11 tomato plants, 3 crookneck squash, 4 cucumber, a number of lettuce and mesclun varietals, 3 serrano pepper plants and 2 jalapeno plants. Then there’s the carrots, green onions, basil, cilantro, and parsley. Pansies and Nasturtiums for edible flowers. Garlic chives and green garlic coming soon (I hope!). Then A has about 8 or 9 more tomato plants, more peppers, more cucumbers, 3 zucchini squash, more carrots, and more green onions at her house.
Next year, I want to play around with more heirloom varietals. I’ll have to start planning earlier. But I’ll have more room: Two acres! Just think: fruit trees, olive trees, raised beds…. a real, legit garden. Maybe we can buy some goats and I can make my own goat’s cheese! Just as long as they stay out of the garden…. 🙂
I can’t wait until our first harvest!
Until then, we’ll enjoy the harvests of others. Saturday’s farmer’s market offered the sweetest, pesticide free white peaches! They were handing out the riper ones for folks to try. Men, women, and children were walking about, wiping the dripping sweet juices off their chins and praising the peaches to high heaven. Zucchini has made its way to the tables for the first time this year. Since most of my cooking from the heart centers around Italian cuisine, I was thrilled to see my squash buddies. I snatched up about 3 pounds and can’t wait to make this white bean zucchini stew from She Spills The Beans (with local white beans and non local Muir Glen canned tomatos, but at least they’re organic). I also found walnuts from Paso Robles, a strawberry jam I’ve been eating by the spoonful, and english spring peas.
Once again, Tay is out of town. Once again, he has our digital camera. Wish I could get my hands on that thing so I could post some pictures. Well, maybe next week.