2014 Garden

I’ve really enjoyed gardening this year, I do every year, really, but it is so zen for me. I feel like I am getting pretty successful at growing a variety of fruits/veggies/herbs, with less effort (as in more effective spacing/staking/caging, rotation, pest control).

I planted the garden on 4/15/2014. I picked my first zucchini two weeks ago…with extremely dry and warmer than usual temperatures here in San Diego, it’s grown very rapidly.

I’ve got zucchini, cucumbers (yay for crop rotation, they’re actually growing/producing!), 5 different kinds of peppers, 5 different kinds of tomatoes, kale, 3 different kinds of lettuce, mint, lavender, basil, oregano and chives. I’ve been picking tomato blooms off the plants for about 5 weeks, so the plants can grown and produce a higher yield. I’m letting them go now so should have tomatoes soon.



Tomato Cucumber Herbs de Provence

I’m harvesting cucumbers from the garden already! I can’t let food go to waste, and especially not food I’ve grown with my own two hands, so I threw this refreshing summer salad together last night with my last cucumber that needed to be used. Lots of simple summer salads coming your way!

Tomato Cucumber Herbs de Provence

  • 1 large cucumber, sliced
  • 8 mid-size campari tomatoes, sliced
  • 1/2 yellow onion, diced
  • Drizzle olive oil
  • Sprinkle of red wine vinegar
  • Kosher salt/pepp
  • Generous sprinkling of Herbs de Provence

Mix altogether and serve. You could easily pair this with seafood, meat, even eggs. We had ours with grilled chicken and avocado.DSC_0944