These pictures are kind of old pictures now. I started this post almost a month ago and then never finished it. I actually took a bunch of pictures today to write a new post and it is insane how much growth there has been in the garden since these pictures were taken in July. I contemplated just deleting these pictures and starting over but opted to keep some of it so I had a quick post to have for a record of this summer’s garden.
Hopefully I’ll get the new pictures posted soon to show the progress. It seems crazy based on the pictures above, but we have been picking cucumbers, tomatoes, zucchini (of course) and have already made a big batch of pesto with our basil. Like usual, August will be a our big month and so far, things look good.
Our peas and some greens are already done for the season and strawberry season seems like a lifetime ago now! We planted 25 strawberry plants this year and we have maybe harvested 15 strawberries! haha. I am not sure why we didn’t get many strawberries but I am glad that they are perennials. Maybe when they come back next year, they will be stronger and more productive. Because our strawberries were such a failure, we went strawberry picking at Nourse Farm. The family farm has been there and continuously running since 1722! It’s super low-key and the people there are so nice. We picked more than 10 lbs. of strawberries and made strawberry rhubarb pie and tons of strawberry “fruit roll-ups.”
I used a combination of a few recipes for the roll-ups but essentially you take about 4 cups of cut-up strawberries, 4 tablespoons of lemon juice and a quarter to half of a cup of sugar and blend it. I used my dehydrator but you could do it in the oven as well with a silpat tray. Just cook them on the lowest setting until they are no longer wet. The kids love them. You can adjust the lemon and sugar to your taste depending on how sweet or sour your strawberries are. I have a few pounds of strawberries left that I hope to use for more when school starts but next year, I will definitely buy more strawberries in season. (Unless of course ours actually produce!)
Summer is flying by. I need time to slow down. I’m going to do my best to really embrace these next four weeks. I really hope we get some summer weather, too. It’s been so cool, I haven’t even wanted to swim in the pool and that is so unlike me. xo
P.S. – See the Queen?? She’s alive and laying!