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The Best and Worst Thing About Having a Garden

Actually this title is a bit of a joke, since having all that wonderful garden produce outweighs anything bad about having a garden. However, I realize it’s been a very long time since I’ve posted one of my garden updates, and I wanted to let you know that all is well with the garden. Above is my kitchen table with one day’s pickings of tomatoes, squash, peppers, and cucumbers. Now that I’m teaching school all week, on the weekend I’m busy roasting tomatoes, making roasted tomato pasta sauce with my new food mill, and freezing basil, and those things take priority over photographing the garden. I’ve been experimenting with freezing some other herbs too, and recently tried freezing Thai Basil. I’ll report later on how these experiments turn out.
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    19 Comments on “The Best and Worst Thing About Having a Garden”

  1. Amy, how great! You will love having a garden!

    Sher, thanks. Fun to hear from a fellow gardener.

    Tea, I loved seeing how you started your garden. Tomatoes do need a long growing season and warm temperatures. Fingers crossed!

  2. Wow, how very impressive–and inspirational! I’m a bit jealous. I had a great time with my tiny little garden this summer–though most of my tomatoes are still green! (sigh)

  3. That’s great!!!!!

  4. That looks amazing! I’m so eager to start my garden next spring!

  5. Hi Cynthia,
    Glad to hear you’ve been enjoying the recipes. Of course any recipe with roasted tomatoes will get my approval, thanks.

  6. Hey Kalyn – I’ve been loving your recipes ever since I got back from BlogHer. It was so great to meet you. RECIPE TIP: There is an amazing roasted tomato soup (w/wild rice, fennel, onions and carrots) in the Weight Watchers Cook Book, of all places. I served it over the weekend and everyone wanted it again for dinner and the last of it for lunch the following day!

  7. All that came from your garden? Awesome!


  8. Wow, that is one day of picking?? Your produce is beautiful!! If you need help eating it let me know:)

  9. Lydia, it’s getting cool here too, but we’re probably at least a month away from freezing weather. I still have a lot to do!

    Mrs. W. I have used that trick with basil too. I actually did my Thai basil that way this year. For regular basil, I have some little containers which are just the right size.

    Kelly, sorry I can’t send you some!

    Kevin, no butchering going on here, but yes, it’s a busy time!

    Glenna, thanks. It does pile up if I’m not careful.

    Sylvia, way to go. Mint is a good plant to start with. It’s easy to grow.

  10. Kalin ,this is one of my dreams have a lot of herbs in my garden…But..well I started,I buy my first mint plant I hope the first of many more.

  11. ONE day? Congrats! Lots of work from the whole season shown on that table!

  12. I hear ya. I find the fall stressful. With all the garden harvest, and butchering of game meats, it’s a bloody tiring affair every year!

  13. The bounty you get is amazing! I’d love to have some more fresh tomatoes.

  14. What a fantastic garden haul! I have such an awful time with plants… thankfully my friends have better luck and pass their produce on to me!

    I had some really great results freezing basil in ice cube trays–pack into cubes, then add water to cover, then freeze. When frozen, pop out into a freezer bag. I’ve found it works great when adding herbs to sauces and stews.

  15. Kalyn, your harvest is amazing! At this time of year it’s a race to the end — we had a near-frost last night, so now I’m planning to accelerate the pesto-making and herb drying operations.

  16. Katerina, I’m not very good at estimating distances, so I just measured and my garden is about 25 feet by 45 feet. But I also have tomatoes and herbs growing in my flower beds. I do give A LOT of stuff away!

  17. I am jealous too! That is an insane haul you have there. How big is your garden in total?

  18. Katie, no nuts at all! I would love to have hazelnuts. And no pumpkins either. Can’t wait to see yours.

  19. That says it all – lovely table ful… I’m so jealous…
    Wait ’til you see my pumpkin!
    And I have nuts… Do you have nuts? English walnuts and hazelnuts!