It’s funny how this time of year, I find myself rearranging appointments or other obligations because I had a larger harvest than expected. Or my peppers are getting soft. Or I need more jars…
Those that don’t grow their own food won’t understand. Those that garden will understand completely. I simply can’t waste one single vegetable, berry or seed. They all must be used, preserved or eaten. Gardening is very hard work and to just let the fruits of your labor go bad is unspeakable.
Here’s what we came home with this weekend (along with a large bowl of tomatoes):
I also still had a little more zucchini that I wanted to use up, so in the last two days I’ve canned green beans (yes, I went through the whole process just to preserve one jars worth of harvest), preserved a bunch of peppers and created and subsequently made Tropical Zucchini Marmalade. I’m not so sure about that one. I still have more peppers to process and a good bit of cukes before we go back to the farm this weekend and harvest a new batch of goodies.
I do have to admit though, I adore when I glance over at my window and see tomatoes in varying stages of ripeness lining the sill.
I also love getting creative in my recipes and trying something new several times each harvesting season. I figure even if we don’t like it, there’s someone that will. I can always feed it to my daughter who swears everything I make is “amazing”.
Each year we like to experiment in the garden as well. We try to grow at least one thing that we hadn’t attempted before. This time around there were several new produce items gracing our garden beds. Rutabagas (flop), peanuts (we’ll see…), strawberries (no harvest first year) and purple beans. They’re my favorite.
The purple beans are a pole variety and despite the groundhogs ravenous appetite, are climbing the bean teepee higher and higher each day. We are finally getting some wonderful beans as well. The flowers they produce bring a nice pop of color to the garden, while the purple pods looks great in tiny purple slivers piled high on a green salad.
Have you attempted anything new in your garden? I’m already glancing through catalogs to plan for next year. 🙂