Saturday, June 24, 2006

The Garden

This salsa did not come from my garden but it was so pretty, I just had to take a picture of it. I bought the ingredients at the local Amish produce stand because I just couldn't wait for my garden to come in. Salsa is one of my staples of life. How else would I get my vegetables in every day? I often get asked for my recipe but I don't have one. When you mix tomotoes, peppers, onions and a little vinegar you just can't go wrong. Sometimes I just use jalapenos and other times I use a variety of peppers. This batch has five different kinds! Yum! I mark each batch with a number on the lid so if we especially like how it turned out, we know which one to reach for first. Also if a batch turns out extra hot, I will go back and mark all of that batch with HOT so we don't end up with three of these opened and in the refrigerator after one of the children has been on a search for mild.
Here's how my garden is coming along. We planted squash, watermelon, green beans, onions, peppers and tomatoes. Pretty simple this year. Salsa is always the most important objective, with canned green beans coming in at a close second.

I love my garden this year because of the wonderful landscape fabric we bought at Sam's. It was the best thirty dollars I have spent on my garden. I now have nice wide rows without weeds! We still mulch between the plans with straw (Can you tell I hate to weed?) and you can see the kids have slopped it around a bit, with a little help with the rain and wind. It my younger years I might have swept it up so in between the rows would be neat but I am much wiser now and I save my energy for other, more important things. Like blogging. :) Heavy mulching is the only way I care to garden because I can do all of the hard work in the spring and then only go out to pick when it gets unbearably hot.


Kaleesha said...

Awesome. Thanks for sharing. I love checking out people's gardens. I think if I had more space than I do, I'd go overboard. We can't wait to attempt our own salsa and pasta sauce. I don't think we'll have enough to can, but for now I'm content to be getting the gardening practice. Today we picked our very first veggie, a cute little yellow squash. And I'm definitely wishing I'd gone heavier on the mulch!

Anonymous said...

Have you ever tried adding a little basil in your salsa?

Dawn ; ) said...

They look yummy ~ I'll have to try and make some. We love it at our house but we've never tried to make our own. Since you don't have a recipe, can you help me w/canning it? ;D

Thx for sharing.

MamaLion said...

Actually this is the first batch that I added Mexican seasoning, which included basil. Yummy!

Bring it on. :)