While I love the fresh and healthy aspect of eating food from my own garden, I also appreciate the fact that there is no waste, no packaging, no travel/gasoline/petroleum or CO2 emissions involved in my food. My blueberries don’t come in a cardboard or plastic box, my green beans don’t come from across the country, and my peas don’t come in a plastic bag. I save seeds from year to year, add some compost from our food scraps, water it with our rain barrel’s water, and let the sun shine down on the wonderful tiny patch I call heaven.
These are the ultimate green goodies!
Here are some recent photos that my 6 year old took of me and my garden. It’s absolutely wonderful to go out back with the kids and pick our dinner for the evening. I don’t know if my girls will ever go back to store-bought produce after eating these crisp, crunchy ones!
We’ve had this blueberry plant for about 3 years now and this is the first year it has produced any fruit.
Good things come to those who wait!
Update: Slight problem – something has been eating my blueberries lately! When we go to pick them first thing in the morning, all the ripe ones are gone…could it be the birds? Or the squirrels? Or the resident groundhog?
Nothing better than eating green beans an hour after you pick them!
Just hanging around…
Me and my peas!
Here is our littlest one excitedly helping me de-shell some peas. We’ll see how long that lasts.
Still more to go…
Snow peas getting ready for stir frying
Hope you are enjoying your own harvest so far this summer! If not, then I hope you are at least enjoying your weekly visits to the local farmer’s market to get some fresh produce. Mine has been a great resource for things I am not growing yet (zucchini) or that have come and gone already (strawberries, spinach, lettuce).
Some of you have asked me to write a post about pesticides and what I do about garden pests/diseases. I don’t use any pesticides! I let nature runs it’s course and only interfere with water and sometimes water and vinegar when needed. I’ll write a more complete post about this soon with some more ideas of how to tackle your pesky garden pests.
Happy green gardening!