Tomatoes

Harvesting tomatoes and green peppers

I’m back with another garden update. Our tomatoes and green peppers are growing well and producing a lot! We’ve been having the peppers with hummus, and I’m thinking I need to make fajitas and chili soon.

Green PeppersGardening Harvest

Does anyone have any other ideas for using up an abundance of green peppers?

As for the tomatoes, I used all but the grape tomatoes to make soup last night. I sautéed a red onion in olive oil and added some freshly chopped basil. In went the chopped tomatoes, seasonings, and chicken broth. It was simple and delicious. I had the soup today with a tuna sandwich and it hit the spot!

Tomato harvest Tomatoes

I so wish I could have all of my blog friends over for dinner and we could eat the produce from my garden and enjoy each other’s company. I’d make sure to send everyone home with tomatoes, peppers, zucchini and cucumbers.

Thanks for everyone’s comments on my last post. I had so much fun making our first vlog that I decided to film another!

What’s your favorite way to use up extra vegetables?

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Garden Update

It has been a few weeks since Jimmy and I planted our garden, so I wanted to post an update with a few pictures.

2016 Garden

I’m happy to report that everything is growing with gusto! Even though we put up a fence, something ate away at two of the swiss chard plants and nibbled on the eggplant. We’re pretty confident the garden bandits aren’t deer or rabbits. Jimmy’s guess is bugs, and mine is birds.

Garden Fencing

We had some issues with rabbits slipping through our single-layer fence last year, so we added a second layer of fencing. It seems to be working!

Tomato Cage

We also put up tomato cages. We’re growing San Marzano, red grape, and early girl tomatoes this year. There’s something special about garden fresh tomatoes in the summer.

Broccoli

We have three broccoli plants growing, and they seem to be doing great. This is our first time growing broccoli. I can’t wait to see how it turns out!

So, that’s the update! We’ve had some rain in Pittsburgh recently, so we didn’t have to water the garden for a few days. It was a nice break from dragging the hose across the yard, haha. We’ve been doing lots of weeding, too. I love getting out in the early morning or evening when the sun isn’t too hot, the birds are chirping, and Jimmy and I get our hands dirty digging away at the weeds.

It’s truly a labor of love ❤