Gardening doesn’t come easily to me, but we’ve managed to harvest some edibles already. I’m excited to share our favorite Recipes from the Garden this year!
Honestly, I want to love gardening, and I do love it in my head, but the reality of gardening is so challenging for me. Every year at about this time, as the weather gets hotter and the weeds and pests threaten to undo all of my hard work, I question why it is I go to all the trouble every year. It’s only mid June and already I’ve suffered a lot of garden casualties. I think it was cutworms that took out all the chives and onions, and I never figured out what got to the beets but the beet greens were so riddled with holes, that I finally called it quits and pulled them all out. Out of 35 green bean plants, only 4 remain. And I have a feeling that all the cauliflower plants I started from seeds and loved so tenderly are going the way of flea beetles now.
Yes, by the end of June, I really do wonder why I even bother with a garden.
But then, as I was sorting pictures and looking through my recipe notes, I realized that while gardening doesn’t come easily to me, I may also be suffering from a perspective problem. Perhaps I cannot figure out why only half of the row of chard that I planted is growing (the other half remains stunted and stubby for reasons that allude me), but the chard that is growing is delicious. My 30 potato plants are, as far as I can tell, thriving. We ate loads and loads of fresh spinach and lettuce from the garden before the weather heated up, and I have high hopes to see those leafy greens again in the fall when the temperature drops. I’ve got a few red cabbage plants that are hanging in there and a whole row of carrots that appear to be doing well too. And though I lost a few, I still have 7 or 8 cucumber plants and I’m holding out for pickles.
Two ways to look at the garden I guess. When I’m looking for what’s right, I can see that we’ve been eating a lot from the garden and can reasonably expect to harvest more edibles before the season is over. Just a matter of perspective, I suppose. And really, after shoveling and wheelbarrowing (new word?) 3 cubic yards of composted dirt all by myself in April, not to mention all the weeds I’ve pulled, I really ought to try harder to find the silver lining.
So, let’s talk recipes! …