As the edibles in our garden mature, our reliance upon the grocery store has diminished–which is great because I dislike shopping.
Despite the fact that we live in a city with about 400,000 people, we have a huge urban garden and an apiary I call West Vista Urban Farm. We ‘keep up’ by tending pieces of it. Once a day, usually in the morning after coffee, I go outside and gather greens for my Vitamix smoothie. Being a constant gardener, I can’t help but tidy up by snatching kale leafs with powdery mildew, pulling weeds, and throwing the less than ideal bunch of greens to our chickens, who happily rip it up for entertainment. Weekends are the time for more involved tasks like pruning, jet-spraying aphids with water, rotating compost piles, cleaning the chicken coop, checking the bees, amending soil, or deterring ants.
My husband David and I try not to let any foods we grow waste. We harvest the plants regularly in order to avoid them bolting, a natural cycle of the plant to produce seeds and die eventually. Although sometimes I select a plant and let it go to seed.
Whether the plants are in the garden or already harvested and wrapped up tightly in the refrigerator drawer, we note what needs to be eaten. Together, we consider which veggie we’d like to eat with the meat I’ve defrosted for dinner. David prepares the greens and the bok choy better than I do.
So here’s what we’ve been eating lately
arugula, broccoli, Russian kale, dinosaur kale, rainbow chard, typical chard, typical cabbage, sorrel, red-leaf and romaine lettuce, spinach, garlic, Portuguese cabbage, Chinese cabbage (like a red leaf bok choy), dandelion greens, tomatoes, poblano gordo peppers, several other peppers, Meyer’s lemons, eggs, and lastly honey
yerba buena, nasturtium, parsley, thyme, sage, basil, and rosemary
Prepared foods grown in the summer that we’re eating now are
roasted tomatoes, tomatillo sauce, turkey, chicken, popcorn, vegetable and bone broths, dried: oregano, parsley, figs, plums, raisins, and apricots
avocados, snow peas, oranges, and potatoes
What’s growing at your place? How often do you go outside and tend your edible or ornamental plants?