Thursday, July 31, 2008
I've been amazed at how easy it has been to let some veggies grow in our garden this year. This is our first year to plant vegetables and it's been a great experience. I don't think we could ask for better weather. Rain has come often enough that we've barely bestirred ourselves to water.
For weeks we have been harvesting a bumper crop of green leaf lettuce. Each time we picked, we'd get the biggest leaves from the outside layer, and it seems like within three days the next layer of leaves would be big and new ones were coming is as fast as could be.
Finally those plants have bolted and the leaves are bitter. But they are not too bitter to eat, especially with honey-mustard dressing, or sauteed in some garlic.
So today A and I harvested all the rest of the plants, stripped the leaves off the stalks (because each was at least 18 inches tall) and harvested three packed gallons of leafy greens. That's three weeks or a month's worth for our family. I'm not the only one who eats them, but I do eat more than anyone else, I think. We eat other fruits and veggies, of course, too.
Earlier in the season we had a very lovely run of spinach and a couple of heads of red leaf lettuce that we harvested in similar manner.
The squash plants are rotting on the vines, but the tomatoes are lovely. We've already harvested one little cluster of precocious grape tomatoes, and the two grape tomato plants are hard at work producing and ripening LOTS more. As are the larger tomato plants. I'll post pictures when those are ready to harvest.
It's fun to go out and check our humble little garden. And there's something about growing it yourself that makes you really excited to eat it. Even if it is "just" bitter greens!
Glory to God, who makes things grow!