Freezer Secrets – Zucchini

You know that time of the year when everyone and their brother is trying to give away zucchini and everyone is sick of eating it?  Zucchini plants are fun like that; so over productive that people can’t eat it fast enough.  When you have had your fill of zucchini bread and fried zucchini, bust out your food processor and shred away! Believe it or not, there will be a point in the dead of winter that you crave a slice of fresh zucchini bread or a recipe calls for zucchini and the ones in the grocery store look disgusting.  This is when you reach in that freezer and smile because you were prepared!!

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An Experiment in Winter Gardening

The idea of going outside in 3 feet of snow and pulling fresh spinach from the garden for dinner is so intriguing (and seemingly impossible).  So naturally, I am diving in head first to give winter gardening a try.  My go-to strategy when learning something new is to head to Amazon and buy a book or 2 on the subject.  This is exactly what I did and it made me so eager to get started!  I ripped out my zucchini plant at the end of August and had 9 square feet of empty garden to play with; so I mixed in some fresh soil and sprinkled in a mix of spinach, kale, and mustard green seeds that I had left over from my spring planting.  Let me tell you, planting seeds in September feels so wrong, which makes it that much more exciting!! I didn’t know how many seeds would germinate seeing as the temperatures are dropping and sunlight hours are fading, so I just opened up the packets and let them fly.  I figure I will worry about thinning later!

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What’s Growing On – The September Garden

Many people think of September as the end of summer, and therefore the end of garden fresh veggies.  This is so far from the truth! Yes, plants are beginning to die off and many are slowing on production, but September is the beginning of fall veggies like butternut squash, apples, pumpkins, brussel sprouts, grapes, and cabbage!  September is also still cranking out tomatoes and peppers like it’s a job.  As temperatures cool, there are also a few surprises in the garden.  Those strawberry plants that have been looking half dead all summer are suddenly producing a late season crop of fresh berries.  Lettuce and kale can again thrive without the summer heat killing them.  Onions and carrots are starting to pop through the soil, telling you they are ready to pull.

 

I took some pictures of my garden tonight to show you what is growing on on my little plot of land in September:

 

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The big gap used to be a zucchini plant. I picked the last 2 zucchini today and then pulled up the plant. I am going to do a late crop of spinach, kale, and lettuce in its spot. This bed also has 4 pepper plants, 16 onions, and 16 carrots.
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This is my second raised bed. I have 5 tomato plants, a butternut squash (which is the trellised giant), a bunch of pepper plants, and 3 celery plants.
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Welcome!

Hello everyone and thank you so much for stopping by! I started this blog to share my love for the simple joys in life, fresh cooking, and natural living. I have an obsession with essential oils and yoga. I love my dog and will talk about him endlessly to anyone that will listen. I try not to take life too seriously and embrace the natural beauty that is all around us. Some people think I am overly happy and cheerful; I think life is too short to waste on bad moods. I try to find the good in every person I come across (even if it is not always easy). Gardening has been a life long love. Even though I sometimes struggle to get the perfect crop, I love the process. One of my greatest pleasures is cooking a delicious meal straight from the garden and enjoying it with my hubby and a glass of wine. I love to shop local and support my hometown. I am working towards living more naturally every day, but I am by no means perfect. I do indulge in the occasional potato chip or milk shake. Sugar hasn’t totally been banned from my house, but I use it very sparingly. I try to find a balance and go from there. I think anyone can live a more natural lifestyle and you don’t have to go all in if you don’t want to. Small steps make a huge difference. I hope you will join me for the ride and share in the conversation.

 

Much love,

Heather

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