When I was growing up, my mom had a small garden on one side of our house in sort of a raised bed layout. I remember helping her plant, occasionally weed, and usually trample the poor garden while I was playing (I wasn’t kind to plants). However, since then (and a renewed spirit when I was part of the u-pick CSA), I fell in love with gardening. We’ve not settled in one place long enough for me to cultivate an in-ground garden but for the past three summers, I’ve been experimenting with a container garden that has now taken over the patio. It’s not ideal conditions (it gets hot and the sun isn’t direct for enough hours of the day) but through trial and error, I’ve made it work. I like to think of it as my lab so that when we do buy a house, I’ve got a head start on gardening education.
Curious as to what I’m currently growing?
5 different kinds of tomatoes (primarily cherry and grape varieties), cucumbers, zucchini, summer, squash, pole beans, Italian green peppers, shisito peppers, swiss chard, array of herbs, bluerries, raspberries, and blackberries. I also have three dwarf trees: lemon, lime, and avocado.
And of course, this wouldn’t be a post without a recipe. I think one of the major benefits of having a garden is pretty much always having salad materials. This dressing has become one of my summer, go-to staples. While during the cooler months I’d roast my own garlic, I do a bit of cheating and pick some up (usually when I’m grabbing some olives from the olive bar at the store).Print
- 1/2 cup whole milk greek yogurt
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest
- 5 cloves roasted garlic
- 3 tablespoons fresh dill
- Salt and Pepper, to taste
- Combine all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator until ready to use.
[Disclaimer: This post was in collaboration with Edyn. All thoughts and opinions are my own.]