We have been “avidly” gardening for a few years now and you’d have to be slightly crazy to think gardening is a “simple” activity. Most years our basement is transformed into a nursery sometime in March and then, after the last frost, the plants are transplanted, then tended, and tended, and tended. Finally, we reap the harvest of all that labor (mainly my husbands). Finally.
A couple of years ago my hubby built raised beds which did help with weeding issues and getting around the plants. The tomatoes still got blight. And this year we never even planted tomatoes. Giving the blight a year off and buying a box of tomatoes dirt cheap for sauce at the farm stand is MUCH easier.
However, there was still an attempt this year and our girls enjoy going out with daddy to “help.” As I mentioned in my last post, yesterday they picked peas and carrots. The results are pictured above and taste so so so much better than the frozen variety. It’s nice to know where your food really comes from too.
Next year I’d like to do things differently (like hire a master gardener) and plan it better so we have a bumper crop of tomatoes. And I will try valiantly to be more involved, maybe designate an area just for the girls to grow their own garden. We shall see what the future brings…
In the end, we may have fallen down this year due to a general sense of inertia but at least we have peas and carrots.
Note: the best way to serve is simply steamed with real butter and a bit of salt. Maybe a dash of cream if you have it. Simple joy 🙂