If You Plant It, It Will Grow – Surprisingly

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After pulling some more carrots out of the garden a few days ago, I turned to my favorite cook book: “The Internet.” (Queue angelic “Ahs!”)   Seriously, I love typing ingredients I have on hand into the google search and getting a list of possible recipes.  Yesterday, I typed, “Garbanzo beans carrots,” and got this recipe from the Oh, Amanda blog.  I had never visited the Oh, Amanda blog before, but the recipe looked simple enough, so I decided to make it.

My favorite part of the recipe was peeling all the garden fresh carrots into strips.

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 I served the concoction over Coconut Brown Rice as one of the Oh, Amanda commenters suggested.  The rice was delicious, the carrots and garbanzo beans a little bland.  We spiced it up with our favorite Creole seasoning.

Next up from the garden (from the bed that I was about to rip everything out of and reposition!) was a cute little cabbage.

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Granny got the cabbage, a couple carrots, and the first zucchini as we were headed out of town last weekend.

Yesterday, I harvested the first broccoli and cauliflower (From the bad bed again. I really thought everything was bolting and would need to be thrown out.  Which goes to show you, I have no idea what I’m doing.)  I also got the last two carrots and the second zucchini.  I tried to cover my cauliflower with its leaves, but I think I waited too long to harvest it.  It was a little fuzzy looking and yellow – it tasted good though!  I steamed the whole lot and served it with pasta and alfredo sauce for dinner. Yum!

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My tomatoes are still floundering.  The plants look beautiful and huge, but the blossoms keep falling off.  I’m worried that I don’t have any pollinators.

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I am so VERY excited, however, to report that the butternut squash is starting to grow!  I love butternut squash and I have three little squashies starting out.  I was worried about lack of pollinators for these, too, so I hand pollinated them (or at least I tried…) last week.  I’m not sure if it worked or I just needed to be more patient.

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This first year of gardening has been so fun and such an eye opening experience.  I’m blown away by how much I would have to grow (and work!) to feed my little family every day.   I’m loving the experience though.

What’s emerging from your garden?

3 thoughts on “If You Plant It, It Will Grow – Surprisingly

  1. Lisa

    I was expecting my garden to be a huge flop because everything got planted so late and it’s been so hot and dry. I had quite a few seeds that never germinated. But happily, I have green beans that are looking fabulous, the biggest cantaloupe plants in my four years of gardening, and cucumbers that are doing well. We’ll see if I actually get any fruit off of anything though.

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  2. Becca

    I’ve been loving it too! I just posted about ours. Looks like you’ve done really well with your garden. Can’t wait to grow carrots this Fall.

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  3. JustToSay

    Howdy Lisa! It has certainly been hot and dry this year. I’m glad some plants are a bit tenacious and seem to just want to live! Yay for your green beans (I remember you saying you like to eat them!), cucumbers and cantaloupe. I hope you DO get some fruit.
    Becca, I’m headed over to check out your garden right now! Thanks for visiting me here. 😉

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