In May, I started my first attempt at fruit and vegetable gardening — the influence of reading Barbara Kingsolver‘s Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life, Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals and Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future by Bill McKibben.
My summer squash plants (Raven, Yellow Straightneck, Peter Pan) are huge — definitely as large as the 3 to 4 inches wide or 4 to 6 inches tall that you should harvest them at — and while I haven’t been brave enough to try deep frying any squash blossoms (I’m just awful with recipes that require frying), the squash taste fantastic just cooked in olive oil, salt, and garlic and the squash blossoms make a yummy addition to pasta sauce.
It’s really been a joy to grow a bit of my own food. I never would have guessed how easy it is! Just till up the soil and mix in “good’ soil, plant, keep an eye on them, prune when necessary, but otherwise just harvest and enjoy!
I haven’t had to water any of my plants on my own — it’s rained pretty frequently here and I’ve been warned that novice gardeners tend to over water their plants.
I’m looking forward to enjoying more of my home-grown fruits and vegetables!