Archive for September, 2011

“He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist.” – St Francis of Assisi




Fast forward…

July and August have come and gone without so much as a wave from this blog. That is because we were giving them all sorts of attention in other areas–the garden, for example,
and the kitchen.

Quite demanding, those two months. Lots of weeding, harvesting, preserving, dinner-party-ing, hookah-ing, harvest-marketing, and eating. To prove it in a very, very abbreviated fashion, here is a “fast forward” through the last 60 days.

On July 1, our garden looked like this:

Look at those neat little rows go. Our pole beans looked like this…

So little, cute, and unsuspecting.

Then I attended a conference for work, we took a vacation in Michigan, and the garden kept growing. Three weeks into July we were up to our ears in squash and bush beans. So when the family came over to celebrate my brother’s and mother-in-law’s birthdays, I naturally served fresh pasta with zucchini and summer squash, and a chilled green bean salad with those pickled radishes from June.

My mom really, really liked it…

And the garden kept growing. So, on August 1, we harvested all this…

And this…

Did I mention that in addition to the heirloom squash and Italian zucchini, we had some volunteer zucchini sprout from last year? I was relieved. Just when I thought we might not have enough squash.  So nice, those guys…

Two weeks into August, we harvested our first tomato.

Better late than never. It was delicious.

I talked some friends who were vacationing in Michigan to bring me back 24 pounds of peaches, and 20 pounds of blueberries. As I was dealing with those (freezing the berries and canning the peaches in a lavender-infused honey syrup – yum!), the beans, squash, and new
tomatoes kept coming.

Oh yeah, and we discovered these weirdos growing out of our compost bin and trying to sneak-attack the garden.

Turns out they get bigger, oranger, and taste delicious when steamed and salted. Hooray for edible surprises.

Now it’s September 1 and the pole beans look like this:

Not so cute any more, eh? We may be slightly over our heads…

Amazing how so much can happen in 60 days. I didn’t even tell you about the onions, cucumbers, peppers, and our first baby cabbage. (I know I’m probably biased, but I swear it is the most adorable, most perfect, most beautiful red cabbage ever grown on this green earth. It’s also deliciously tender when steamed, buttered, salted, and served alongside weirdo pumpkin-compost-squash. Just sayin’.)

September, bring it on.