Baby veggies and blooming delicacies

The garden is moving right along.  The zucchini plant is now the size of a baby dolphin, and is producing that glorious mid-summer delicacy: the zucchini flower:

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The flowers grow on the ends of the forming fruit and can be twisted right off for use in many different dishes.  I’ve seen them fried, stuffed, used on pizzas, and made into quesadillas.  This weekend we chopped ours up, along with a variety of herbs from the back yard, and threw them in some delicious scrambled eggs:

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Scrumptious!

In other garden news, we harvested the last of the edible spinach this weekend, and then I tore out the plants and threw them in the composter.  They had started to bolt (plant puberty) and they had to go.  The tomato plants are blowing up–one of them is as tall as I am–and the little green nubbins are popping out all over:

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Soon we’ll have five different varieties of tomato gracing our plates: Flamme, Brown Berry, Polish Giant, Ruth’s Perfect, and Delicious.  Mmmm…can’t wait.

We’re actually considering expanding the garden again for next year.  Mike’s yard is so perfect for vegetable gardening–it’s huge and gets lots of direct sunlight–that it seems wasteful not to capitalize on it as much as possible.  We can share our bounty with our families, friends, and neighbors!  And hey, the more space is taken up by the garden, the less lawn Mike has to mow.

One final thing: I want to give a shout out for my current reading material–Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver.  I’m only a few chapters into it, but I’m loving it.  I’m learning so much about the history of growing and eating food in the U.S., the current state of industrialized food production, and details about individual plants and crops.  It was by reading this book that I learned that my spinach was bolting not because I did something wrong, but because that’s the natural life cycle of the plant.  So I tore out the spinach plants and made room for some other vegetable that thrives in the mid-summer heat.  Since spinach is a cooler weather crop, we can plant some more in late August for a fall harvest if we want to.  Live and learn!  Anyway, I highly recommend the book.  I love Kingsolver’s writing.

And with that, we bid June goodbye and look forward to the remaining 2/3rds of summer.  Hi ho!

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