Garden Goodies :)

bs greensBrussel Sprout Greens

CukeCucumbers

gardenBell Peppers, Brussel Sprouts, Kale, Onions, Green and Yellow Beans (L-R)

garden 2Zucchini and Cucumbers (L-R)

ProduceLettuce, kale, and radishes from the garden 🙂

Well, the garden is in full force right now! I think I’ve spent $5 or $6 this whole summer on vegetables, which is pretty awesome considering how many veggies we eat on a daily basis! Just yesterday, I picked a couple handfuls of string beans, a handful of kale, 2 cucumbers, a zucchini, and about 10 tomatoes. I got lazy and didn’t cut any lettuce, but probably have about a weeks worth to cut today! I’m going to plant another round of radishes and kale so I’ll have a bit more produce from those as the temps drop in the next couple of months. Absolutely love having a garden…it’s so calming and peaceful being out there, watching everything grow. If you don’t garden, I strongly urge you to try it! There is nothing better than fresh produce from your own backyard (or planter, or front yard, or patio)!

Oh…and fyi…you can eat Brussel Sprout greens! I had no idea until recently. They are awesome sauteed, steamed, or baked to make chips. Full of good for you vitamins and nutrients, and generally discarded as unusable.

Mrs. Green Thumb (I hope!)

So…one awesome thing about our house here in Colorado is that it came with about 30′ of garden beds in the backyard. I’ve had a garden for the past few years, but only last year did I really try to venture beyond tomatoes by planting lettuce, bell peppers, peas, and zucchini. Unfortunately, some critter decided to eat my bell pepper and pea plant shortly after I planted them. And once the temps hit 100, my lettuce died. Tomatoes did great, and we got a couple zucchini, but not too many.

When we moved here, I was determined to get a really great garden going. My biggest issue in the past has been not having enough time to keep up with the garden, as my work schedule was just so crazy! So I would occasionally forget to water, or snip off buds, and would end up with dead plants.

We now have sugar snap peas, onions, watermelon, kale (2 kinds), brussel sprouts, bell peppers (2 kinds), cucumbers, zucchini, strawberries, and tomatoes (5 kinds) planted, and I’m adding green beans, radishes, and lettuce tomorrow. We ate our first batch of kale last night, and frankly, it was the best kale I’ve ever had! I’ll try to post some pics tomorrow…and will keep updating with the goodies picked straight from the garden. Hopefully we’ll have lots!