I was just thinking... I never did any updates on my first adventure in gardening. I'm happy to report that things did grow after all.. Quite bountifully in fact! Despite the intense heat we experienced this summer and the little amount of tending I did (I think I weeded once and haven't watered nearly enough).
In any case, i have grown loads of arugula, kale, jalapeños, tomatoes (grape, beefsteak & heirloom) and the eggplant and butternut squash are just starting to pop up. I currently have a large colander brimming with tomatoes and that's after making a grape tomato salad last weekend to serve the entire music team at our church. I've made lots of salsa and caprese salads, will be making roasted tomato soup tonight and plan on making this later this week. I've even gotten hubby eating tomatoes in forms other than salsa! This is an exciting breakthrough, my friends.
Kale chips have also become a staple in my diet, though I can't seem to get Joel on board with that one. But to me, they are addictive! Will now be looking for various ways to use my eggplant & butternut squash. With my first beautiful eggplant, I plan on making this from Smitten Kitchen. Not sure about the squash yet.. Perhaps soup? It is a pretty special feeling to cook with ingredients from your own backyard. I'm definitely going to stick with this gardening thing. Hopefully we'll end up somewhere with a great climate for it!
Have a happy week friends!