My little garden is starting to share it’s summer bounty. This week I was able to add cucumbers, zucchini, banana peppers, potatoes, shallots and fresh Basil to my food pantry from my little garden.
Growing what I eat, enables me to control the pesticides and other things that normally are used in commercial foods. I use none of the products that the large corporations use to control bugs and mold. My main bug deterrent is a little dish soap mixed in a bottle of warm water. I also use my fingers to remove anything larger than pea size. Thankfully those are few and far between.
It looks like I am going to have an abundance of cucumbers, as I am picking 6-8 a day now. One of the things that has helped my, growing what I eat garden, this season, was my use of a ground cover, to keep the dreaded white moth from laying it’s eggs in the soil around my seedlings. When those eggs hatch, the larva eat the roots of your plants and your young plants die. This light weight covering is one of my best helpers in my road to independence of growing what I eat.
The tomatoes are beginning to appear, soon they will be ripe enough for me to use in my meals or as a snack. I planted six Cherry Tomato plants and nine assorted verities of the larger tomatoes. It wasn’t as many as last year but I still feel it’s enough for my large family to share and still have enough to can 12- 24 quarts for the winter.
I planned my evening meal around what I got from the garden in the morning. I had already started the BBQ chicken legs in the slow cooker so I had a head start on the meal. I added a couple of the new potatoes, a cucumber and a sliced tomato that one of my neighbors at the garden gave me. A simple delicious meal that cost me very little time or money.