Monday, June 11, 2012
I wish I would have planted a garden this year. My husband and I didn't have the motivation to plant one this year because what happened last year. We planted okra, tomatoes, eggpant, brussel sprouts, cabbage, green beans, all in all we had about 20 different veggies. The summer was exceptionally hot with over 100 days of 100+ degree days. We tried to keep it watered but our water bill shyrocketed from $40 a month to over $120. We really didn't have much of a choice but to let our crops burn up in the sun.
My father-in-law and several of our neighbors share what they grow. The crops are doing better so far and already we've been given some cuccumbers, yellow squash, peaches, and hot peppers (I can't think of what kind they are at the moment). What I enjoy the most is watching my children gobble down the fresh produce. If it comes from a can I have a hard time trying to get them eat their vegetables but they have no reservations about eating something fresh off the vine and washed off under the garden hose.
I'm trying to be less reluctant about allowing my kids to be in the kitchen when I cook and so far its working out pretty good. They help me plan our meals, there's less fuss about what's for dinner, and we are all eating healthier. Tonight we had ratatouille (son's request) with cuccumber slices on the side (daughter's request), and grilled tilapia (only my husband and I ate the fish).
We're looking forward to making "Neighborhood Salsa."