My garden is doing very well right
I get enough greens for a big
cooking project once a week or two from the collard plants. I also
give away some leaves if I'm lucky enough to find someone that
wants a serving.
I get a snack of raspberries every
time I visit the garden. Sometimes it's one or two, sometimes it's
several each for everybody I'm showing the garden to.
The mint and sage bushes are an
attractive sight at the moment. The flame grape I planted a year
ago gave its first harvest a week or two ago. It was about half a
dozen strings of yummy grapes. Most of them got eaten by Danica
and Dora when they visited for the first time this summer.
The second time they visited we dug
out the grape vine that hasn't been doing very well. That is to
say Dora and I dug it out. Danica sorted the fava beans from the
shells and stems. I hope to have her plant them after we harvest
whatever I plant for a fall crop.
I'm seeing lots of tomatoes, but I'm
only ripening enough to harvest one or two a day. Still that works
out to lots of yummy bowls of tomato soup every week. Lots of
delicious tomatoes in sandwiches and on crackers with cheese. I've
not bought tomatoes to eat at home since July started. I love
being that self sufficient in tomatoes.
Also, the chard plants are giving me
enough greens that I've quit buying those. I've not bought greens
in many months.
It's rare to have any rain in August
around here, but that storm chased me out of the garden. You can
see it in the splotches on the sidewalk. Looking out I could see
sheets of drops falling, but the camera didn't capture that.
Yumm! This is my typical lunch
nowadays. Two and a half ounces of pasta. At least five ounces of
chopped chard stems. At least one big tomato. A teaspoon of
chicken bullion or something like that. After it cooks a bit I add
all the leafy greens that came with the chard stems and spices to
taste. Cook until the pasta is almost done. After I took this
picture and sipped it down a bit I added beans as a
cooling/thickening agent and some sesame seeds. When I time it
right the stems come out mildly chewy, kind of like meat. A chunk
of chocolate for desert. It's the kind of food I eat day in and
day out nowadays.