We had half-heartedly planted a vegetable garden in the past, but it didn’t yeild very much. I think it may have been the wrong spot in my backyard, or maybe the soil wasn’t rich enough, or maybe I just didn’t show it the same kind of love as I’m showing our new vegetable garden. It was kind of disappointing, and for several years we didn’t plant any vegetables in our garden.
My husband has since built me a proper vegetable garden, and on the other side of the backyard, and so far it is it totally thriving – I’m sure largely due to the love and attention my seven-year old daughter gives it. The two of us went together on Mother’s Day (just over 2 months) ago to a local nursery and we purchased potted plants of zucchini, yellow squash, 2 varieties of tomatoes, 3 varieties of peppers, green beans, strawberries, and basil. So far, 2 months later we have already enjoyed some cherry tomatoes, jalepeno peppers, gypsy peppers, basil, zucchini and yellow squash.
It has been a incredible joy watching these vegetables appear from practically nothing! And then eating vegetables straight from the garden is a totally different experience than eating vegetables picked from a big bin at No Frills. With the garden vegetables, you get a much clearer picture that Someone else is running the world as you witness the miracle of the vegetables appearing from nowhere, and turning into something nourishing and sustaining.
And for my 7-year old – she gets to see the fruit of her labour partnered with the help of Someone else making it all happen behind the scenes.
These zucchinis and yellow squash were picked yesterday and then eaten for dinner. They were simply steamed with some fresh cilantro, and a sprinkling of Himalayan salt. So simple and so delicious.