When we moved into our house two years ago, we inherited a massive garden. It was mostly full of lovely things – aside from the overabundance of onions, which grow like weeds here – that I sadly had no clue how to care for, if I even knew what they were. Last spring in a stoke of
genius insanity, we decided to rip up the entire front garden and start from scratch. I had this idea that I was going to be a fabulous gardener, and we went to the fanciest garden centre in town and shelled out a striking sum for shrubs, trees and flowers with which I was certain we would turn our garden into the envy of the neighbourhood.
Long story short, everything I planted last year died. One by one each plant wilted, shrivelled and turned brown. Turns out I have a black thumb, at least when it comes to flowers and shrubs.
My vegetable garden in the backyard, however, blossomed and thrived all summer, providing us with a bounty of fresh produce – peas, carrots, beets, radishes, tomatoes, zucchini, spaghetti squash, etc. Go figure. I am apprehensively excited today, reader, because my husband and I spent the entire past two days planting our garden (again). We got a new batch of easy-to-grow, extremely hardy shrubs for the front, and covered our beds in so much mulch I dare any weeds to poke through. Fingers crossed that something lives this year.
It feels fabulous to be able to spend entire days outside again, as it seems the cold Calgary winter is finally behind us. Our lifestyle and our diet seem to vastly improve in the summer, which I’m sure is true for most people. We walk the dog more often, spend days weeding and pruning the garden, and go camping and hiking as much as we can. I look forward to sharing lots of healthy summer recipes with you this year, both with the fruits and veggies from our garden and with the incredible vegetables we get from our CSA, Noble Gardens.
What’s on your list to make this summer? I’ve been wanting to try pizza on the barbecue for a few years and have never gotten around to it, so that’s a must for me. I also want to try more fruit on the grill; so far we’ve only tried pineapple. Lastly, I want to develop some simple, tasty recipes for camping, because as much as I love hotdogs and macaroni and cheese from the box, I feel like I can definitely do better.
In case you missed a post, here’s what’s happened since my last recap:
- Mini Peach Cobbler Loaves are adorable and delicious. Use fresh or canned peaches!
- Baked Chimichangas have all the satisfying crunch you crave without turning on the deep fryer.
- Maple Walnut Butter Brickle was a childhood favourite of mine – granola bar meets ice cream cake (kind of).
- Rhubarb Oatmeal Squares are the perfect combination of sweet and tart.
- Creamy Potato Soup with Pea Puree and Crispy Prosciutto. The name says it all.
I hope you all had a fantastic weekend! That’s all for today,