Wednesday, September 30, 2009

fruits of their labors

Someday I will have gardens. Plural. I need a flower garden for looking at and another for cutting - wouldn't it be phenomenal to have fresh flowers is your house every day? And of course I will have a food garden - tomatoes, peppers, zuchinni, squash, pumpkins. And maybe a little raspberry and/or strawberry patch to boot. As an apartment dweller, it's easy to dream big, especially when I haven't weeded for...well...a long time. We'll see how big my plans stay when I'm the one doing all the laboring.

In the meantime, I'm lucky to have friends who will share their bounteous crops with us. In the last couple of months we have been showered with the fruits of other people's labors: zuchinni (of course), tomatoes (roma, cherry, yellow, etc.), peppers, cucumbers, butternut squash, green beans, nectarines, raspberries, and even Asian pears (oh my - AMAZING!). This has led to some experimenting with new recipes, which I am pretty much always up for. I recently made Nectarine Raspberry Cobbler which was quite enjoyable (I substituted raspberries for blackberries and omitted the almonds). Now I want to try Peach Raspberry Cobbler - mmmm.

What do you/will you grow in your garden?


Tenille said...

Yum. This year we grew a potted garden on our deck. Unfortunately, the birds got to enjoy the fruits of our labors this year. I loved seeing all the beautiful plants on our deck even if we didn't get to eat much of the fruit.

Becky said...

Rod always has a flower garden so he can bring me fresh flowers every day. We also have tomatoes, berries, peppers, beans, peas, and whatever else we decide on that year.

AJ said...

We have tomatoes, peppers, broccoli, carrots, lettuce, spinach, pumpkins, cantaloupe and watermelon. In the spring we have iris and daylilies.

mindyk said...

Um, the laboring is definitely overrated. That's why I quit laboring as soon as the major heat hits in August.
Then I can search for the fruits of my labors amid the weeds of my neglect.
I also love ripping everything out in early October and being done until next Spring when I am once again ambitious.
Seriously though, gonna try the cut flower garden somewhere next year.