I cannot believe how quickly August has gone by. I have had the most wonderful summer so far and part of the reason is that I grew tomatoes and herbs for the first time.
My cherry tomatoes are starting to ripen and they are so delicious. I got a couple of heirloom varieties from the farmer’s market at the end of the spring. I’m so happy that they did well in containers, although I think the plants could have grown fuller. Next year I will grow them in larger pots or the ground.
I also have a larger variety growing in a container, but they are not quite ripe yet.
I had such big ambitions to grow lots of other veggies as well, but of course things did not go as planned as a first time gardener. I did actually grow two kale plants and one collard from seed in containers that were turning out beautifully, but then the bugs got to them! Oh well, something to try again next year.
I’m at least delighted with these tomatoes and the colours.
I had an assortment of herbs this summer; rosemary, sage, thyme, mint, basil, cilantro and green onions.
Harvesting my very own greens or veggies and then tossing them right into whatever I’m cooking has been one of the happiest things I have ever felt. That might sound silly, but there really is something so satisfying about growing at least some of your own food. It seems like such an important task and I find it very strange that we don’t raise children with that skill anymore.
Herbs straight from the plant are so much fresher and tastier and smell heavenly. One of my favorite things I made recently was a one-skillet meal with ground turkey, onions, apples and cauliflower and freshly picked rosemary, thyme and sage. I also added those herbs to a beef stew with homemade bone broth (grass-fed and local everything) and it was so good.
I can’t believe people fuss around so much in their yards all summer without even growing anything they could use. Most people spend their time making their properties look very trimmed and sanitary with decorative flowers and bushes and I can’t help but wonder why they wouldn’t use that effort to at least grow some of their own food. Once again, what a strange world.
Anyways, happy harvest season!
What do you grow and what are your favorite recipes with fresh herbs? I’m always looking for new ideas.