It finally feels like fall!
This is Canadian Thanksgiving weekend. No, M. didn’t mention it (for once!), but anybody who is Canadian living in the U.S. has mentioned it this weekend. They celebrate at the right time for harvest. Our U.S. Thanksgiving is great, but a little late to be a harvest celebration.
The garden is still producing up a storm. It makes me happy to see how well the first season in this new plot went. Each weekend we’ve had such a nice array of fresh veggies, herbs and flowers to grace our table. Today’s visit: more beautiful golden tomatoes, the last of the basil, baby dill, gorgeous-smelling thyme, a few peppers, the new little kale shoots, chard. Plus these lovely Montauk Daisies. Such a great way to remember and honor my dad, who rustled some cuttings on his daily run and rooted them for me. They’re huge now. They seem to like the sunny community garden vs. the shadier home environment. Makes sense — Dad lived at the beach in his retirement and they thrived there.
Speaking of feasts, check out this photo of the bee on one of the daisies. You can see the little pollen sacs on each side — the little guy’s getting ready for his own feast.
If you’ve never tried growing a vegetable or herb, why not give it a whirl? It’s fun and easy, and you always put your garden in pots on your patio if you don’t have space.
We’ve been fortunate to have a community garden plot up near the Frelinghuysen Arborteum through the Morris County Parks System. Even though there’s now a community garden within walking distance of our home in town, we don’t want to leave the wonderful community where we’ve been tending our little organic plot for more than a decade.
This year, we were given the opportunity to move to a sunnier location within the garden. Moving a 20 x 20 plot full of plants was a project — especially in the cold, damp early April weather. But we were greeted with a welcome gift, a nice surprise from the former gardener, who had moved to California over the winter– some asparagus. Not too shabby.
Last weekend, we took home a nice harvest, including carrots and yellow squash It made for a really nice breakfast this morning. I simply washed the greens and gently scrubbed the carrots – no peeling necessary, they were so small. After some fine slicing, these were sauteed with the squash and a bit of olive oil and fresh herbs. On the other side of the pan, eggs. Grated some pepper on top, and there was a simple, delicious, one-pan meal. You could grate a little cheese and add toast, if you wished.
What could be an easier, prettier dish on a Saturday morning? Colorful, fresh, flavorful… and maybe even healthy. You could exchange other fresh green — spinach, kale, chard or beet greens. Why not give it a try?
Speaking of great food, there are so many inspiring sites! Turntable Kitchen is a recent fave. Food and music, what could be better? Their savory rye waffles are the great base for a Sunday morning breakfast. I have also long been a fan of Zoe Francois. Zoe Bakes is always inspiring. And Will Cook for Friends is both yummy and gorgeous — her food photography is amazing.
Two years ago, through the Frehlinghuysen Arboretum, I discovered their community garden. Finally, I had a place to plant all those vegetables and sun-loving plants that wouldn’t work on our shady home plot. But best of all, I’ve met many great garden-minded folks throughout the plot. Here are a few photos from the summer of 2006. It’s not the place for prettiness, but for practicality.