Monday, August 26, 2013
Today was my day off from work and I couldn't wait to get into the garden. Gardens are a lot of work but I need the exercise, I enjoy it, and the food is quite the treat. Today we harvested and canned 21 quarts of tomatoes. Nine of those quarts (and four additional pints) were spaghetti sauce made from tomatoes and other veggies from the garden (including some of my jalapeno and poblano peppers - we like the sauce to have a little heat). I also tried a new recipe and made pickled radishes. I had 14 cups of sliced radishes from the garden to do something with. I love picking okra from our garden. The plants are about four feet tall now and the blooms are beautiful. We also have sweet corn in the freezer from the garden. Later this fall I'll harvest the popcorn, spaghetti, hubbard, and butternut squash and reclaim the yard which the squash vines have taken over. Our eggplant, swiss chard, and peppers (sweet and hot) are all still producing. I have bags of edamame in the freezer. It looks like I'll get one artichoke (a new experiment). This evening I planted one of the cold frames for fall and winter greens - spinach, lettuces, and more swiss chard. With a glass cover for the cold frame (to be used later when the nights get cool) I'll hopefully be able to extend the season. All these organically grown vegetables make for wonderful, healthy eating. I'm keeping my weight under 170 which is just great! I have maintained my weight for five months now (I recovered from July's travel and conference weight gain) and that's a good feeling - I will make my goal of keeping the weight off for two years and then for the rest of my life. I have to keep working at it every day, some days go better than others - but the garden has made it fun. It is satisfying to eat the food I have grown myself and since vegetables are low calorie foods, I can eat quite a bit and not gain. So that's what I've been up to in my free time. It's been a good summer for gardening.