Today is the first day we were able to get vegetables from our garden. Yay! Other than the snap peas, that the kids have been eating off the vine.
We planted several vegetables this year and have herbs, raspberries, apples, and peaches growing in our yard. It has been really hard keeping everything watered here the past few weeks.
Here are the first pickling cucumbers of the year. We planted several types of squash, including Spaghetti, Acorn, and Butternut.
We also have some Zucchini.
14 Tomato plants (Our son loves salsa and bruschetta bread)
and even more lettuce.
I am not sure what happened to this squash. These were planted at the same time as all the other ones. They just never took off. We mark our plants with paint sticks. This year my husband used a marker that was not waterproof, so we do not know what everything is. (lol) He says it is the Acorn Squash (I doubt it!)
Our mint plant really took off this year.
The kids love the Pumpkins around Halloween.
This is the first salad from our garden lettuce.
When we add carrots or radishes to our salad we shred them. Everyone seems to like them better that way.
We also have Raspberries that the kids eat right off the plant. We have a Peach tree…
…and a couple of apple trees.
There are several other herbs and vegetables that I did not take pictures of, some because I forgot about them, and some because they are not growing. (lol) We have our garden throughout our yard not just one spot. That is part of the reason it is harder for us to keep it all watered.
With all these fresh vegetables we have a lot of salads. Here is a recipe for my favorite salad dressing. Sometimes I will add additional seasonings, sour cream, and/or parmesan cheese to change it up. Also sometimes I will just change the type of vinegar to give it a different flavor, or just because of what I might have in the house.
Garlic Salad Dressing
2/3 cup olive oil
1/3 cup red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons sugar
2 cloves crushed garlic
How does your garden grow?
If you have posted about it, leave the link and I will come visit.
Enjoy your garden this summer!
Parents of a Dozen
Here for this angle cut, we used a utility knife to score one side of the board and then the board is snapped in half.
Here hubby is cutting a hole to go around the drain for the toilet.
It is also important to remember to cut the opening for the vents. We forgot once (lol), luckily we remembered before the tiles were set. Here is our puzzle!
These are the type screws that are needed be used with cement board.
These are little on the hard side to screw in.
Then a cement mesh is used on the seams.
The next step is to mix some thin-set or mortar……to be used over the mesh……and screws, to set them and to prevent any movement. Here are the boards ready for the tiles.
Make sure you follow along to see how to install the ceramic tile.
Parents of a Dozen