I just posted a recipe at the above link for a Summer Squash Soup with Rosemary, Parmesan, and Garlic. It was my solution to use up some of the summer squash that keeps piling up on my kitchen counter from my prolific garden. It also uses the rosemary which is also prolific in my garden.
I researched many different zucchini soups and combined and customized until I came up with this soup. It made a lot. We had it for lunch today and I still have a very large jar of soup left. I look forward to having it for lunch most of this week. I plan to add other veggies to it to kick up the interest. Other recipes I saw used chopped potatoes which I want to try. I also think some corn kernals would be very good in the soup.
It is a hot soup, but I tried some of it when it cooled and that was also very good. I like a cold veggie soup with a little non-fat sour cream on top. I think this could become my go to summer soup.
I also made some zucchini cookies today recipes which I will share tomorrow. Can you tell that I have an over abundance of summer squash right now!
In the last few days we went to a you pick blueberry farm and picked 7 gallons of blueberries. They were $3 a gallon. I've been busy sorting them and putting them on cookie sheets to freeze. When I bagged the frozen berries I tried one of them. They are delicious. Much better even than frozen grapes.
We have our traditional garden with fence around it in which large areas have become shaded by the trees that have grown around it. We are meeting the challenge by planting shade type plants in the shady areas and finding the areas of sun for others. The lack of sun was the reason for the two new areas, the melon mound and the raised beds.
Here is a picture of the summer squash beds which have become quite prolific in the last few days. These were old raised beds.
This are the raised beds with asparagus and sage along with two newly planted cucumber vines. I picked two large cucumbers today.
We just finished planting a whole row of peppers and eggplants. We use old carpet between the rows to keep the weeds down and to make walkways.
The strawberries have some weeds in them. A new project to complete soon.
The peas, carrots, radishes, and greens I planted earlier are looking good.
The beans I just planted a few days ago are starting to sprout. We have about five other bean vines that just came up by itself from seeds dropped from last year's beans.
We have an old hot tub that we turned into a planter. We haven't planted anything in it yet but there is Anise from last year and some flower plants in it that came up by itself. I found out other plants don't like to grow by Anise. That explains why one end of the planter box didn't do well last year.
Overall I'm beginning to think that I am developing a green thumb in my old age! I know it sure has been fun.
My DH and I have been working hard at getting out garden in for the year. We ae now harvesting quite a few veggies. It is great to just go out in the yard and pick what I want. So satisfying and so delicious.
Right after we planted we were hit with over an hour of hard hitting hail (a tornado passed nearby). I wanted sure the veggies that were shredded and with large holes in the leaves would make it. My tomatoes looked alright but it turned out that all of the leaf stems that were on the vine when the hail hit eventually died. The rest have taken over though as you can see by these pictures.
The key to the whole garden was my purchase of a little plastic greenhouse where I started all of the seeds. I recommend this to anyone starting a garden. Here is the greenhouse. Too many weeds around it now, but this will change soon as we get everything else in control.
This is a picture of my large melon, winter squash, and pumpkin mound that we just finished.
We built six four foot square raised beds that I have tomatoes, summer squash, eggplants, peppers, and herbs in. It is time to mow between the beds again as you can see.
We have a great black raspberry bush section that really excelled this year and let us pick fresh berries for smoothes and other delights for the last month. It is right near the raised beds.
These are the blackberry vines near the house that are just starting to bear just in time to replace the raspberries. We have more all along our driveway.
I'm going to post this now and put the rest in Part II.