Friday, April 8, 2011

G - Gardening

Last year was my first year to have a garden. I actually enjoyed digging around in the dirt-- and it was fulfilling to bring food in from the garden and serve it for supper. 
Last year's garden

Potatoes from our garden - last year
I was a little late in getting my seeds started, but they are all happily in potting soil. I always have big, big plans on what I want to put in my garden, which is basically everything I see in the seed catalogues. Oh, if only I had the space and the time...

But, then reality sets in, and I go for the basics--lettuce, tomatoes, beans, potatoes. Last year I also planted garlic, asparagus, and strawberries. I also put blueberry bushes in pots for the patio. They all seem to have survived the winter, so I hoping for lots of produce this year.

I also tried growing brussels sprouts last year.
Now, before you turn your nose up them, have you tried roasting them? 
Frozen are OK, but fresh are better

Lay out  on a baking sheet, add olive oil and plenty of coarse salt

Bake at about 350 for 30 minutes or so, until they get nice and brown.
I like mine to get a little crunchy.
There's a fine line between crunchy and burnt. 

(I don't always find it.)

Anyway, (sorry for the digression) my plants looked great, except there were no brussels sprouts on them. I don't know how long they take to form, but I did learn that they taste sweeter if they are harvested after the first frost. I'm going to try them again this year.

(This post has been prescheduled. I am currently spending time with my granddaughter, trying to spoil her as much as possible. If I am slow in responding to your kind comments, that is why. Thanks for stopping by.)


  1. Honeybunny had a big garden and he loves working in it. His mom always had one and he really thinks that's where all veggies should come from. They do taste better ;-)

    I love brussels sprouts!! I've never had the roasted but you can bet I'll be trying them that way soon!!

  2. The best way to eat brussels sprouts (naturally, always only fresh ones!)is lightly steamed (only just tender), then lightly sauted in butter and served with freshly cracked black pepper.

    Your 2010 veggie garden looked marvellous!!!

  3. I'll have to try Brussels sprouts again this winter. I tried a couple of times last year and they just weren't great. I roast my broccoli the same way (and I like it a little crispy too.) Yummy.

    Your potatoes look lovely! Hope your garden does as well or even better this year.

  4. what beautiful pictures! i wish i had a garden as well. dont think i've ever had good brussel sprouts, but maybe i'll try this recipe. nice meeting you through the a-z!

  5. Beautiful pictures. Gardening is wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

  6. nice garden! and I like your haircut on the next post.

  7. I keep hearing about roasted brussel sprouts. It's time to finally give them a try!

    I can't wait to have my own garden one day!


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