Reaping the gardening benefits

First, I’d like to apologize for the lack of updates! I fractured my wrist right after my birthday in August and have been on a healing journey since! It was my right hand, my main hand, so you can imagine the struggle. But I am now fairly healed, I am living more so without a cast and can return to doing normal things. Thank goodness!

Now for a gardening update!

Overall, I’m super happy with how everything turned out. While I haven’t had an overflow of produce to reap from my efforts, what I have gotten has been so deliciously amazing that it makes it all worth it.

All of my tomato plants grew, and produced tomatoes, still to this day, every day, there are more red tomatoes waiting to be picked.

They. Are. To. Die. For.

I was talking with a friend a while back, who is very much a city guy and doesn’t understand the whole “grow your own food” concept. To him, as he put it, “why would you spend all this effort on something you could buy at the store for $2?” While he isn’t wrong, you can go to the store and buy produce for fairly cheap prices, there are so many things you don’t get with this produce. For one thing, you don’t know how it was grown. You can buy organic, and hope that it is, in fact, fully organic, but you really will never know. Then, there’s flavor. I mean, the tomatoes I am growing in my backyard taste like a symphony. (I feel like Ratatouille trying cheese and berries for the first time, animated colors flowing all around me as I bite and chew). There is a flavor to the skin, a flavor to the the inside, a flavor to the center, and they’re all different and SWEET! Soo sweet!

Where can I find a tomato like this in the store?! Please tell me because I would love to know! All the tomatoes you buy in store, are barely red, and they taste like paper. Or kind of like paper with a little tomato flavor sprinkled in. No wonder so many people don’t like them!

By growing these at home, the energy I spent nurturing them and making sure they were happy amounted to probably the best tomatoes I have ever tasted. Maybe since my mom’s, or grandma’s, back in the day. All, also home grown. I mean just that alone makes it worth it! Beyond that, I know that these were grown, fully organically. From the soil, to the fertilizer, to watering. This is purely Mother Nature creating nutrition for me to gratefully enjoy.

Same goes for the cucumbers! SO SWEET! No bitterness in the skin. Even sweeter seeds! My mom told me not to expect too much yield the first year, probably one cucumber and that’s it. But nope! We’ve had nearly 10 of them so far, and more are popping up now, and it’s September. We haven’t been waiting till they’re humongous, but instead eating them younger. Ugh, such a joy. Look at the color too!

I made a salad recently, which I would highly recommend. Cucumbers, cut up, tomatoes, cut up. Some sour cream, and some salt. Very simple. Absolutely delicious. Especially with these homegrown veggies. You don’t need to peel the cucumbers, you can use the entire thing.

In addition to our awesome cucumbers and tomatoes, we have green beans growing! Also, my little squash ended up being an acorn squash! Such a pleasant surprise. I use a little at a time to make a high nutrition packed meal. There’s only two of us, me and my partner, so this yield has been great for trying everything out. Also, now that the soil is more rich with benefits, next year should be even better! (Unless we move haha)

I used the seeds of the Acorn squash to make a little snack. Sadly I didn’t take a photo because I kind of burnt them but nevertheless they were delicious. One acorn squash doesn’t have enough seeds to make you a supply of snacks, but it’s certainly enough for one person to enjoy.

To make the seeds into a snack, scoop out the seeds, wash all the squash off of them in a colander. Take those seeds and lay them on an oven rack, on some aluminum or a baking sheet. Cover them with olive oil, and your favorite seasoning. Then bake at 325 degrees for about 10-15 minutes. Watch them! I messed up because I baked at 350 for 20 minutes. That extra 5 minutes made them *too baked*, but they were still delicious. Highly recommend, lots of fiber!

I saved 10 seeds, cleaned them and then laid them out on a paper towel to dry under the sun in my sun room. I plan on saving them for next season to hopefully grow more acorn squash!

So to wrap things up, yes you can go to the store and buy produce. Yes, zero effort goes into it and it’s easy. Growing your own food, requires time, energy and motivation, but the rewards, whether small or large are so joyous and satisfying that it makes it all worth it. It also brings you closer to Mother Nature, and you gain life long skills.

Just one plant, gives you 100s of seeds you can then plant and reap the benefits of. Just starting one small garden, can allow you to grow tenfold the next year. This is priceless knowledge and skill. Definitely something to get into, especially in our current crazy world climate.

More to come!!

Thank you for being here 🙂

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