It’s a remarkable experience eating something you grow yourself. I don’t think I’ll ever tire of it.
I grow vegetables on a small-scale, and suffer the same garden failures we all do: pests, frost, heatwaves, drought. It’s a wonder anything gets on the table.
It’s human nature to persevere, however, and when success follows…wow!
We ate fresh broccoli from the garden today. Six beautifully formed plants, six perfect heads of broccoli. Those remarkable greens moved from garden to kitchen to table in under an hour. Broccoli never tasted so sweet.
Cream of the Broccoli Crop
Broccoli Fresh from the Plant
Basket of Freshly Picked Broccoli
Broccoli sautéed in Garlic and Olive Oil
My Husband’s Recipe
- Two heads of broccoli
- 2 Tablespoons olive oil
- 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
- salt and pepper to taste
- dash of lemon juice
- handful of slivered almonds
Heat oil on medium. Add garlic and broccoli; salt and pepper to taste
Cover for 2 to 5 minutes or until broccoli is tender
Add a dash of lemon juice and a handful of slivered almonds
Cover and cook for one more minute.
Though we were out of room in our planter boxes, we went ahead and tucked in a few of these Gourd hard-shelled birdhouse seeds. They were too cool to pass up.
Botanical Interests gourd heirloom seeds grow into the birdhouse shape on the left. When dried, they last indefinitely. Gourds can be carved, painted or drilled. I sure hope we can grow at least one. We have two viable plants, each about 18 inches long. The packet says the vines can grow an astonishing 15′ (5 meters) to 35′(11 meters) long.
The pumpkin vines are about a month ahead in the growing cycle, so as those vines give the last push towards ripening, the gourd vines will have lots of room to grow.
Here are a few pointers on birdhouses:
- Drill the hole for the size of the intended bird and not a speck more. This prevents predatory birds from following the mama bird indoors. The entrance hole should be high enough that the mama bird can line her nest and still protect her young from view.
- Likewise, the perch often shown on commercially produced birdhouses is not only unnecessary, but again allows a predator a place to perch and peer in.
- Drill a small hole in the bottom of the birdhouse to allow for drainage.