How Does Your Garden Grow?

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The First Roma

Hot. Blazing hot. The past few days here in NC have been ten degrees hotter than the sun. While I was wilting like a delicate flower at work in a building with no air conditioning during this heatwave, my garden is killing it! The plants are taking off, in spite of the sweltering heat. How they can stand it, I don’t know. But I’ve harvested my first tomato (yes, you heard that right- one ripe tomato!!!) and cilantro, which was summarily tossed into a fresh pico/bean/corn salsa-ish combo. The bean & corn pico had red onion, sweet corn, black beans, tomato (including mine!), salt, pepper, lime, garlic, chili powder, & cumin. Mixed together in the bowl, all of this yumminess was used with about a pound of shredded cheese on nachos for dinner. They were de-lish!

Fresh Cilantro

Fresh Cilantro

Corn & Bean Pico

Corn & Bean Pico

Nachos Fresh From The Oven

Nachos Fresh From The Oven

Through all of this gardening, I’ve realized that I’ll probably starve to death if the apocalypse jumps off anytime soon, but I’m learning. This is not my first garden, but it is smaller and the sun rises in a different location. I’ve also got a lot more in pots since I’m renting my house and I’m limited with what I’m allowed to do. It’s a learning process – an exciting one for me. Every afternoon I check the garden to see what I can harvest or what is growing. Granted, I barely grew enough wax beans to eat with one meal for one person, but I know what to do for next year.

Zucchini Ready For Harvest

Zucchini Ready For Harvest

Up for harvest this week? A zucchini, possibly another Roma tomato, and a few more wax beans. I’m still waiting on the cucumbers, squash, basil, watermelon, cantaloupe, potatoes, and onions. I’ve already harvested the sugar snap peas. Again, not making it through the winter with the veggies I’ve grown, but I’ll have the satisfaction of knowing I grew some stuff that I’m eating! My real goal for the garden this year is to grow enough Roma and other tomatoes to make pasta sauce from scratch. With any luck the garden will continue to grow, grow, grow and I can use the tomatoes to make and can my own sauce. Fingers crossed!

Baby Squash

Baby Squash