June 30th, 2009
My Recession Garden looks nothing like the one from the White House (thanks to @kattancock for the link). First of all, it’s a lot less organized and doesn’t come with a beautiful plan with lots of walking space. Instead it’s a lot of messy overgrown plants beside some plants that just haven’t grown well (yet). My cucumbers have started to flower, as have my cocozelle zucchinis (I had to look them up; I planted a mix of summer squash and didn’t know what’s what), and I have some baby beans sprouting which left me with endless joy this morning.
I spent a few minutes searching through Epicurious for recipes using summer squash because I think we might be inundated in another few weeks. So if anyone has tried and tested veggie recipes for zucchini, cocozelles or other summer growers, holler back. But so far we’ve eaten our own lettuce for weeks, starting off with arugula (which was delicious and has prompted RRHB on more than one occasion to say how much he loves it), then moving on to my own mix of red leaf lettuce, drunken lettuce (isn’t that an awesome name) and two more that I can’t remember off the top of my head. I bought more lettuce seeds yesterday to keep replanting (I already ripped out my arugula and spinach and have started second crops). And we tried our rapini but I let it grow for too long; it was inedible.
Up next are trying to save the tomato plants given to us by our neighbour — even though they’re in separate pots and are not being watered with the same frequency as the rest of the garden — they’re still developing blight. Oddly, the plants that I bought from the nursery are absolutely disease free so I’m not sure what’s causing the problem.
Here’s my complete growing list: cucumbers (two different kind of slicers), yellow cucumbers, nasturtiums, sage, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, bush beans (three different kinds), summer squash (three or four different kinds), lettuce, rosemary, french taragon, oregano, thyme, basil, garlic, onions, carrots (just planted), radishes and some hot, spicy peppers. So far, the only “crop” that failed has been the rapini — but in its place I planted some melons and I’m afraid they haven’t even sprouted yet.
I keep saying it to many people: I am really not a fan of gardening, but I sure do love to eat my own vegetables. I also love to share. And swap. What about you other recession gardeners out there?