I was very excited today to harvest a small amount from my garden. As I’ve mentioned before, the weeds have been doing more growing than anything else, so creating a meal out of my harvest was exceptional.
Tonight’s dinner was a simple meal of bow-tie pasta with Alfredo sauce and sauteed yellow squash, both sprinkled with Parmesan cheese. I paired it with fresh from the garden cucumber slices and an heirloom tomato, the sole ripened tomato to date in 2012’s garden! This surprises me beyond words because over the last couple of years I’ve been burdened with excess tomatoes. It looks like my canning and salsa tomatoes will be coming from the farmer’s market this year. Not a bad thing to support local farmers, but I really prefer to grow my own tomatoes when I can. Hopefully next year will be better!
I just love the colors of today’s harvest. Everything in the photo came from my garden, including the blackberries. Speaking of, have any of you had problems with Japanese beetles attacking specific types of plants? They go for my raspberries and blackberries, and then dive into my rhubarb’s massive leaves. I got rid of a lot of them the other day by knocking them into a jar of vinegar, but needless to say, they came back in droves. I guess when they’re hungry….
I love the look of this heirloom tomato slice. It’s a beauty! And… it tasted great too.
Happy gardening… hoping for many more productive harvest days this summer.
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