I’m not a farmer/gardener/dirt person. I’m really not. I love fresh produce, I love farmers and I do love dirt but not on my hands. This was the first year we lived somewhere that it was possible for me to have a little container garden and I thought why not? How hard can it be….
There is a lot of care and upkeep that these little guys need! I probably sound stupid but I just figured I would throw some dirt in a pot, plop in a plant and give it some water here and there. First we got a cold snap and my first set of plants died off completely. I persevered and re-planted (thanks mom!). Then we got a deluge of rain and my cucumber plants were more or less submerged and the extra water had to get siphoned off (thanks hubby!) Finally things dried out and now I just have to tend to them, checking their water and sun and occasionally moving them to more sunny spots.
Taaa-daaaa!!!! My first harvest of the year – two red tomatoes and some basil! I have a lot more basil this was just enough for the meal. I’ll admit I am pretty darn proud of these babies!! So proud we ate them for dinner as soon as I picked them. Makes me wish I had a backyard full of things to pick for dinner.
There’s the rest of the garden. Tomato plant, some flowers that the kids planted, basil plants, green pepper plants and cucumber plants on the ground. So far all I have is tomato and basil…not sure when the other two will be there!
I made a really fast and easy salad with the tomatoes that was very refreshing – give it a shot!
2 ripe tomatoes
4-5 basil leaves
1tbsp olive oil
salt and pepper
Peel and cut vegetables into cubes. Cut the basil into shreds. Mix together. Squeeze the juice of 1/2 lemon into a bowl with the olive oil and salt and pepper to taste. Mix and drizzle over salad. Enjoy!!!