Mom's Diner

June 27, 2012

Garden Dinner Extraordinaire!

My grandfather was a farmer, and my great grandfather was a farmer, but I am definitely not a farmer, as the large collection of dead and dying plants on my deck attest. Fortunately for us, we are not dependent on our garden for sustenance (if we were, I am sure we would starve). But, my children wanted a garden, so a garden we have in our backyard, filled with spring onions, baby carrots, tomatoes, Yukon gold potatoes, pole beans, Lima beans, cucumbers, peas, lettuce, and green peppers. And, we have a lovely blueberry bush that produces lots and lots of big, juicy blueberries despite our gardening ineptitudes. So, tonight, we had our garden dinner extraordinaire – fresh pasta tossed with spring onions and tiny cherry tomatoes and baby carrots in a creamy Parmesan and a vinaigrette dressing served with boiled Yukon potatoes on the side. For dessert, there was a homemade blueberry cobbler, juicy berries intermingled with perfectly textured cake. Somehow, these home grown fruits and vegetables had so much flavor that it was truly a joy to eat them, savoring the flavors that came out of our labors and our own backyard! Never mind that every day for the last two months we have been tending this garden and supporting it with everything it needs – the seeds, the tomato cages, the stakes for the pole beans, the Miracle Grow applications, and more. And, despite our best preparations, it always seems to need something else – the deer ate the heads off the pole beans, so off we went to get stakes and netting, the soil was low in nitrogen, so we added fertilizer, the tomatoes were showing signs of calcium deficiency so we spread lime. Not to mention the lights and the motion sensor sprinklers to keep animals out of our tiny Eden. This is definitely not a money-saving endeavor, but the flavors rival anything that I have ever eaten, so I am going to do my best to enjoy this bit of gardening luck that has come my way, one meal at a time for as long as it lasts!

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