I haven’t spent as much time in the kitchen the past couple of days, but not because I haven’t wanted to. I just felt I owed it to my beautiful garden to spend some time in there, taking care of what will eventually find its way into my kitchen. Not to mention, I’m slightly addicted.
We’ve had so much rain lately, that I’m playing a game with the weeds, which is not fun, but at the same time, all that rain is so incredibly good for these plants that I don’t mind the weeds. Well, I mind them, I am just more tolerating at the moment.
After three days of rain, my garden just literally burst forth with vegetables and fruit at every turn and I couldn’t be more excited about it.
While I have several banana peppers growing these two are actually one in the same. These photos were taken 3 days apart after 2 full days of nothing but rain. As you can see Mr. Banana Pepper definitely loved that rain.
These are my babies this summer. I am so excited by the sheer number of blueberries we will be ending up with, which is sure to be turned into jelly’s, muffins, pancakes, drinks and more.
I have a fantastic Lemon/Blueberry Drink coming to the blog soon.
Here’s a large portion of one of the bushes. If you look closely you can clearly see how many are growing.
Yep. Look at those little babies… I cannot wait until these are growing bigger. The vines have several large clusters, but this is our first year with these guys so I am not sure how much they will produce. These are Riesling grapes.
Tomatoes and Cherry Tomatoes
Lavender & Lemon Thyme
My purple basil has not really loved the rain so much, just a bit too much for his liking.
I’m going to be pulling leaves and freezing them so I don’t lose any.
We also have mint, sweet basil, rosemary, chives, thyme, and a few others.
Zucchini & Squash
We also have acorn squash and spaghetti squash. Next year we will be adding butternut squash to the garden.
And here is a headache inducing picture of one half of the garden (this was taken about 3 weeks ago, so a lot has changed and even a few plants have been moved. You can see in the picture what is growing. The other side not in the picture has the blueberry bushes, grapes, onions, green onions, garlic, squash, more tomatoes, eggplant, cucumber, sweet potatoes, and a few others.
The strange watermelon hybrid has been since removed from the garden and transferred to another area of the yard to see what it does. We really don’t think it’s going to do anything, since it didn’t last year.
So, tell me … what’s growing in your garden?
Nicole Cook is the owner/editor of Daily Dish Recipes, a lifestyle blog with an emphasis on food/cooking/cocktails and much more.
She calls the Midwest home – Missouri to be exact. Coffee is her go-to drink, music is her vice and she is endlessly tethered with devices to her online world. She loves all things planner, lives for her great big family and loves her pets endlessly!
Her motto in life: Live Simply, Dream Big, Be Grateful, Give Love, Laugh Lots. Always, always laugh lots.