Wednesday, May 18, 2011

From Garden to Table

Corn and Beans
We got home from vacation Sunday afternoon and the first thing we did was check out the garden. Two weeks ago we planted beans, corn, squash, tomatoes, peppers, and peanuts so we were anticipating lots of new plants. We were not disappointed!  Almost everything was up and growing well!

We found lots of Sugar Snap Peas ready to pick, several large potatoes, and plenty of onions ready. We added the overgrown lettuces to the compost pile – they were as tall as FRitW! The smaller lettuces looked great so one came in for supper. Maggie also found a purple pepper on her plant.
One of the overgrown lettuces

Lots of Sugar Snap Peas

Maggie's Purple Pepper

Sunday's pickings!
So far this week, we’ve had some garden produce with each supper meal. Sunday night, we made a chicken stir-fry with sugar snaps and onions and that purple pepper. We also had some of the lettuce for a salad. Monday we mashed some garden potatoes to go with our meal. Tuesday I made spaghetti with fresh onion and basil, thyme, and oregano from the garden.
The first carrot - a Purple Dragon carrot (it's orange inside)

The perfect carrot, a nice length and thickness

A little bit short and stubby, but he's happy!

MT loves picking the onions.

Wednesday's Haul

The herbs the boys and I picked.

Today we pulled 6 carrots that looked big enough to eat! I have never, ever successfully grown carrots and was so excited to find that this year is ‘the year of the carrot’! Maggie, FRitW, and MT each pulled two carrots. I wanted to have them with supper, but 6 short carrots don’t make much of a meal.  Looking around, I decided that potatoes and onions added to the carrots would make a nice root vegetable bake. FRitW and MT helped me pick more basil, oregano, thyme, and sage and we mixed everything together with a little olive oil, salt, and pepper for a delicious (and colorful) side dish! We also picked lots more sugar snaps, so tomorrow we’ll have those with supper. Any suggestions for using sugar snaps?

Potatoes, carrots, onion, herbs, and a little olive oil. Yum!



Lisa said...

Look great! I have never been very successful at gardening (sigh) maybe someday my black thumb will turn green :).

Briana said...

Wow! Your garden looks like my middle of summer garden. Enjoy all that homegrown yumminess.