Recipe–Cooking for the Year–Day 1 = Shopping

If you were at all jealous about my second home, then you had better stop reading now as I am about to unveil my fantastic garden.

I don’t want to brag about my gardening skills, but I must.

I have a fabulous garden that can be compared with. . . well with no one else’s.

I even have a tractor!!!

So if you think you can keep your feelings in check, then you may proceed.

Let’s take a walk through my garden.

I’ve spent hours getting it to look like this.

Behind this chain link fence, you will see it.

But wait, before we enter, let’s get a basket to help us carry the bounty of produce I am sure we will gather from my garden.

Of course I have raised beds.

And there is not a weed in sight.  I work long hours to keep it that way.

And what a bounty of produce I grow!!!  The tomatoes produced well this year.  I think it was the fertilizer I used.

Let’s walk up and down my garden walk to see some of its offerings.

Here’s Peter Piper’s Peck of Pickled Peppers.

And if you want to make Dill Peppers out of them, I have some fresh dill over in this raised bed.

I grow mushrooms.

And of course we have zucchini.  As usual, I planted too many zucchini plants.

I grow the usual, but since I like Thai food, I have some Lemon Grass and fresh Ginger.

I also like Mexican food, so I planted some peppers and Cactus Pears.

There is some Southern blood in me, so I planted me some Goober Peas and Sugar Babies. (If you want to hear the song.)

Now this “Sugar Baby” is Michigan grown also.

We have white nectaries.

And dark plums.

And since I am such a generous person, I like to share all of my bounty with the greater Detroit area.  You can see all of Detroit represented here at my garden.  Here we have Metro Detroit.

And Dearborn.

And Greek town.

And Hometown.

No garden would be complete without a scarecrow and a few of those garden signs with corny sayings.

Of course, I can’t manage a garden this big on my own.  I have a few helpers.

This helper is tending the herbs in one of the raised beds.

We have two more stops before we can check out of my garden.  The next-to-last stop is the Green House where we store our planters.

And our final stop is the Pumpkin Patch.

Thanks for strolling through my garden with me.  And now you will have to admit that as far as gardens go, I have got you beet.

As for what I buy for Cooking for the Year?  I buy a lot of everything.

I’m GLAD you came along with me.  The next time we meet for cooking will be in my kitchen as we put all of this fresh produce into some delicious meals.


P.S. There is nothing like a nice iced beverage in a bottle after a hard hour of gardening.


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7 Responses to Recipe–Cooking for the Year–Day 1 = Shopping

  1. Bel McCoy says:

    Gardening??? Clean fingernails, even!!


  2. Jenny says:

    HaHaHa!! you were having too much fun in that there garden!

    I sure miss all you punkins!


  3. Elizabeth Roossinck says:

    Wow! I am impressed with your gardening skills. You even put up prices to remind yourself how much money you are saving by growing your own! ;-P


  4. bethany says:

    impressed indeed! (and i have to say those prices are giving me sticker shock, been in nyc too long!) looking forward to seeing the cooking. and that Sugar Baby looks mighty sweet …


  5. Eileen says:

    Wow, never seen a garden like that up here in Tehachapi! Too many gophers.


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