If you couldn’t tell, I’ve kinda been avoiding my computer for the last week or so.
I go through this every few months it seems, where I just don’t want to look at a computer when I get home from work. I’m on a computer for 8 hours in the office and it’s the last thing I want to do when I come home – even to do fun stuff like blog or chat with friends on twitter.
The last couple of weeks have been such a nice break from technology, and I don’t know when it will end. I’m sure as soon as summer is over, I’ll be back to normal.
I was going through some posts this morning and realized that I haven’t done a single garden update this year! We’ve been so busy with work and family and the garden that I completely forgot.
This year, we’ve got all kinds of stuff going on:
The radishes, lettuces, peas, and strawberries are all done for the year – we had those in late spring/early summer and…I have no idea how I ever lived without strawberry plants in my yard. It was so fun to be able to go outside, pick cups of perfect berries, and not have to go to the farmer’s market to get them.
I even got to make a spring-themed feast to share everything that was coming out of the garden in May.
I’m pretty sure the best thing I made with the strawberries is a tie between the strawberry rhubarb jam and those ridiculous strawberry mojitos. I can’t wait for next spring so I can make a lot more of both.
The green beans have been just as busy this year as they were last summer. We only planted 4 rows this year – not 5 like last summer – but we’ve still been loaded down with them.
Our basement has over 30 jars of green beans, waiting to be eaten this winter until we can plant some more next year. Although, I’m pretty sure we’ll only be planting one row next year. Just enough to have some fresh beans for eating, but not so many that we’re overwhelmed and have to can them every other day for a few weeks.
And our tomatoes are finally coming in! We just picked the first ripe one a week or so ago, and now they’re ripening by the bowlful. I’ve got big plans for slow roasting the romas, canning some plain and sauce and salsa, and freezing some to use in chilis and stews this winter. Plus just eating as many as I can – in sandwiches, salads, on their own.
We’re still waiting on figs. The two bushes are loaded with them, but they haven’t ripened yet. I walk out there, every afternoon, hoping that a few are ready…but not yet. I know I’ll be picking pounds a day in just a week or two, so it’s worth the wait. Frog jam will be happening soon and lots of figs + yogurt + honey + walnuts for breakfasts and dessert.
The most exciting part of the garden this year? Our raspberry plants are going crazy! We planted them last year and got maybe 1 handful – which was a surprise because I didn’t think we’d get anything the first year.
But this summer? We’ve already picked a few cups and they’re still going. I’m so excited about them. Raspberries are my favorite berry, I think, and having our own plants still feels a little surreal to me. Do we actually have all this stuff growing in our own yard? It’s hard to believe. But then I see the baseball-size zucchini in the garden and the 5-foot-tall corn and I’m snapped back to reality.
If we do plant the same amount of green beans next year, I may need to hire some garden help ;) Anyone interested? What do you have growing in your garden this year?