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Friday, 31 July 2020

Worth the Work

Quick post today to celebrate the first meal using lots of my homegrown vegetables. It is definitely worth the work starting seeds, preparing the soil, weeding, and watering to eat your own food. Last night's meal was roasted chicken thighs (no, not my own birds!), green beans, a salad made with my own lettuce and onion (as well as store bought peppers, cucumbers, and cherry tomatoes), beets, potatoes (yay - first new potatoes), zucchini and even a little dill for the potatoes if desired. I felt healthier - ha ha- having eaten my own produce. I'm sure many of you are also doing the same, and some who live in different climates have already been enjoying.


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  1. It is a great feeling isn't it. I have just put out a similar post with our harvest from the allotment which we have shared with our neighbours. We are only having to add the meat at the moment.

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  2. Wow, those potatoes and beets are a nice size for this time of year from our "up north" gardens! I've kept myself from digging some of our potatoes (what if there are none there!?) but, seeing yours, I'm thinking I might actually have some big enough to use. I'm really excited in that the first of our slicing cukes are just about ready to harvest. To my mind, you simply cannot purchase a cucumber that comes close to tasting like one straight from your garden!

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    1. I was worried I was rushing the potato thing, too, so I sacrificed a "volunteer" potato that was in the wrong spot and resulted from a piece left in the ground from last year. I was pleased to see there were some decent sized ones.
      I'm just taking a moment now to mourn the loss of my cucumber plants. The two I have on the back porch in big yogurt tubs have a long way to go before they can produce fruit. I'll stick them in the garden fairly soon.

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  3. How great you could enjoy all your hard work. Fresh from the garden veggies are the best tasting. You crack me up and I am glad the Chicken thighs did not come from you chickens lol! Happy Friday. Have a great weekend.
    Kris

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  4. I haven't planted much (not having a sunny spot for a garden) but the few things we have grown in pots (bell peppers and tomatoes) we have enjoyed. Didn't do any this year though... but enjoying your garden virtually.

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  5. Yeh, sounds wonderful. Makes all that work in the garden so worthwhile

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  6. I may just go and dig up a potato plant just to see what's there. Yours look a decent size.

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  7. Jenn, I know those veggies made a great dinner. You did a fine job. You should be proud, yes. I just cooked green beans my daughter grew in her garden. So fresh and good with potatoes and smoked sausage. Blessings to you, xoxo, Susie

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  8. That's a handsome counter of veggies!

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  9. Those beetroot look the part; much easier to slice for picking than the round ones (which are all we see here).

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  10. Wow -- great photo. And it IS an empowering, joyful feeling to eat what you've grown. Alas, Rick and I won't have that experience this year. My tomato is tanking and that was all we put in this year with covid and travel. But we'll try to eat as local as we can. I bet that dinner was a grand celebrtaion!

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  11. Nice pickings! Made me hungry and I am still on coffee and toast mode.

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  12. That's wonderful Jenn! I know how rewarding it is to pick your own food. I started my garden really late this year and the only thing I've picked so far is basil. My tomatoes are starting to flower though, so I have hope I'll have some before the snow falls!! Your beets look amazing!

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  13. I agree, it tastes so much better and healthier when it comes from your own garden. You worked hard growing everything, so enjoy it all now. Stay safe and have a super day, hugs, Edna B.

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  14. Yes. Finally a reward for the work. Aint it grand?

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  15. We've eaten our few potatoes and a bit of oak leaf lettuce. I chomped on some baby carrots while thinning. Our garden is well behind yours yet.

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  16. I grew up on a farm, and all those vegs were part of our garden. I miss the farm, and the vegetables.

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  17. Lovely! I miss growing vegetables.

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