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Harvest Monday

December 1, 2014

BRRR. Another cold week. It also rained all.week.long. Amazingly, the rain started just as the temperature rose above freezing and stopped just as the temps dropped. Some hail, no snow.

I noticed some of my cloth-covered veggies were getting frost-bitten so I decided to cover everything a bit more heavily this week.

I was able to harvest a pitiful carrot (found all by itself in a forgotten patch)DSC_6291Some lettuceDSC_6294and the kids are inhaling all of the pecans. They are now littering the ground. The kids eat them all day long 🙂

Another unpictured item I have been harvesting quite a bit this week is onions. I have always pulled wild onions as I would any weed but I was asking some fellow gardeners and they said to leave them, especially around trees. We also discussed eating them. They are perfectly fine to eat so…one less thing to buy at the grocery store! I pull a couple and cook them instead of 1/2 of a grocery store onion. They have a stronger taste so that little bit goes a long way!

Other than covering parts of the garden, I worked on putting in a new pathway from our driveway to the brick walkway. Our other mulch pathway was washed away this past spring. It gets really muddy without one. I only had enough cardboard and newspaper for a partial walkway. I’ll finish it when I get more. For right now, it serves its purpose 🙂DSC_6279 DSC_6293I do have one more question for all of you. Anyone know what this berry is?DSC_6289 DSC_6290My neighbor has them growing in a hedge, along the woods. There are TONS of them. I would love to know what they are. Their leaves are elliptic and pretty small.

Check out what other gardeners are harvesting at Daphne’s Dandelions!


What to do with all the Produce?!

July 29, 2014

What have you been doing with all of your harvests?

I prefer to eat food fresh out of the garden rather than heating up my kitchen in the summer or even filling my freezer. So I try to find a way to eat from the garden each night. This way

  • we are getting the most nutrition, by eating the food the day it was picked
  • I don’t have to waste all of the time and energy putting it away for later
  • I save A LOT on my grocery bill

We eat peppers, cucumbers, and tomatoes raw (as we did carrots, lettuce, and peas in the spring and will in the fall), along with our fruit. I do freeze extra tomatoes and berries. I plan on making our own marinara this winter when I need to heat up the kitchen so I will use the tomatoes then. I make raw jelly out of our berries (just berries and flaxseed) and we put them frozen into our oatmeal, cereal, and pancakes.

Still looking for a good Marinara recipe…anyone have a tried & true one (without sugar)?!?!

I try to have snaps, potatoes, zucchini, and corn in some form every night. What has turned out to be my favorite meal (yummy and uses the most vegetables from the garden) — Pasta Primavera!

You roast the veggies (zucchini, squash, carrots, peppers, onions), mix with pasta and cherry tomatoes. Voila!

Nieto Family - July 24 14 - 0186(Before mixing with pasta and tomatoes) Nieto Family - July 24 14 - 0251(After)

To stick with the ‘from the garden’ theme, this night, we had kale salad, corn on the cob, zucchini quiche, and mashed potatoes with our pasta primavera. It really put a dent in our garden consumption. yay!Nieto Family - July 24 14 - 0252