This morning my grandchildren came over. They are here every Saturday for about 12 hours. Hunter is 9, Jorja is 4, and Jacob is 1. They love to come into the garden with me and plant, weed, water, and pick. This morning the three of them picked about 25 pounds of tomatoes--maybe a little less if you don't count the three green ones Jacob plucked! It's ok. He's getting better at understanding about RED, and a few days on the window sill and they look no different from the ones picked ripe.
Hunter loves fresh veggies, and ate the scallop squash raw, like an apple. I'd never thought of trying it that way, so I took a bite and it was so very refreshing. His own recipe using all things from the garden:
Garlic chives, chopped
Sauté in a bit of olive oil and devour!
We grow as much as we can. The garden is small, but we use and reuse space. This summer we've had peas, scallop squash, tomatoes (slicing, Roma, and cherry), green beans, herbs galore, strawberries, peppers (only sweet red peppers, because last year's crop of different hot peppers was so bountiful that we still have plenty for making salsa), onions, bunching onions, chives, and...oh, I know I am forgetting some things. We just planted yellow crookneck squash, wax beans, a second crop of carrots that I am determined to put up before they are all eaten!
My favorite veggies this year are the Roma tomatoes and onions.
My favorite herbs this year are the chocolate mint and rosemary.
We also have flowers for pest control and others for beauty. I know that marigolds are "ordinary," but they look so happy surrounding the rows in the garden.
My favorite flowers right now are the lilies and hostas (well, they are flowering right now).
Last of all, I have house plants. I have always found joy in plants, and peace when they are in my home.
My favorite houseplants at this moment are the Christmas Cactus, that blooms in July and December, and my pothos, growing in huge pots in the windows, all from one small plant I bought at Home Depot.
It is great to meet you all, and to become part of this SparkTeam. Let's garden and get healthy together.