Monday, August 4, 2014

July Garden Update

Early Prolific Straight neck Squash  
We are really enjoying the harvest season of the garden.  Our garden was planted about 2 weeks after the first frost date so it has just started to really produce.  I thought it would be fun to share a few pictures.  No judging please because I took the pictures before I weeded.  :)
Eli is the official squash picker of the family!  
It is so much fun to just walk out to our garden and pick food to cook for dinner.  It does not get any fresher than that!

So proud of our hard work!  
 We have enjoyed eating squash at least 4 times per week.  We have enjoyed it in bread, sauteed, as a casserole, and as zucchini fries.
Black Beauty Zucchini
 A sweet friend bought a squash cookbook for me and I can't wait to try out some of the new recipes!  Last year I also made Zucchini Pickles which I might make again.
We are growing tons of fresh basil in our garden! 
I started adding fresh basil to my paninis sandwiches and to a lot of our main dinner dishes.  I'm hoping to dehydrate a bunch of it for the winter months and to make homemade pesto for the happy hubby.

Hooray for squash! 
 Elijah has really enjoyed his growing responsibilities in the garden.  Every other day he is in charge of picking all of the squash that is ready.  I must say that I have been really impressed by the great job that he has done.  He also helps me pick green beans and keep his sister entertained.
The tomatoes are coming! 
We have not harvested any tomatoes but they have started to set.  In the next few weeks we also expect to harvest peppers, cabbage, and kale.  We have harvested a number of (Jade) green beans, okra, and purple green beans in addition to the squash.   The deer had a great time enjoying my beautiful Romaine lettuce right before I picked it.  Thankfully except for the lettuce snacking the deer have stayed away.  We actually do not grow corn which I believe is a major deer attractant.

How does your garden grow? Do you have any delicious squash recipes to share?  

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