Thanks to a long winter in Maine, it took a long time this year before I could turn the soil and get plants started. Now that the days have turned reliably warm, I’ve got peppers, tomatoes, carrots, garlic, beans and zuchinni in the works, to be surrounded by wildflowers if everything germinates well.
My aesthetic sense trumps practicality: I have multiple rows, between which I let the grass grow. This means a lot more weeding, but when I look at a big square of bare dirt my heart just sinks and the word “barren” comes to my mind.
Just thinking about the zuchinni to come prompted me to buy a few at the grocer’s yesterday. I’ve got zuchinni spice bread in the oven right now, filling up the kitchen with smells of yum. As I was spooning the brown lumpy mixture into loaf pans, I thought to myself that the dough seemed smaller and drier than it ought to. A quick look to the left showed a heaping but forgotten plate of shredded zuchinni; a quick fold-in set everything right. Something delicious is coming; I might not be so enthusiastic about the squash in August, but too many vegetables make for a distribution challenge, not a curse.
What’s growing in your garden?