I have a modest garden that is thriving with tomatoes, cucumbers, and zucchini. I have plenty of uses for the tomatoes and cucumbers, but was having trouble with the zucchini. I didn’t want to just sautee or lightly fry it all the time, so I found a recipe for zucchini lasagna and was pleasantly surprised that it was so good! I honestly think it tasted better than the pasta-version! Even my husband, a self-proclaimed “meatitarian”, confesses that it’s really good despite being full of veggies and very little meat. I’ve posted the recipe on the “Favorite Recipes” link. Enjoy!
I did it – woohoo!! I completed my 2 day juice fast, and even spent over an hour last night prepping meals for this week without nibbling. I feel fabulous today, down 5 pounds in water weight so I’m feeling very lean too and motivated to stick to my healthy eating habits.
Oh, and my garden seeds are popping up like crazy! Very cool. I’m not sure why this is so fascinating to me — didn’t we all do this experiment in elementary school? — but it is still so amazing to see life growing right before your eyes just by dropping a few tiny specs into dirt. More pictures coming soon.
I decided to try and grow my own food this year. I’ve grown tomatoes before, but this year I’m expanding into squash, cucumbers, zucchini, peppers, spinach, swiss chard, carrots, and a few herbs.
The first step was starting the seeds. After a trip to my local Lowes, where I was completely overwhelmed by the seed selection, I chose some that were recommended by the Farmer’s Almanac for beginners like me: http://www.almanac.com/content/beginners-vegetable-garden. Next I purchased some inexpensive and biodegradable little pots that I will use to get my plants started, and then plant the pot directly in the ground in about 6 weeks. Next I went home and filled each pot about 1/3 full with soil, sprinkled 2 to 3 seeds in each, or as the package directions indicated, then topped them off with more garden soil. I placed each pot in a big plastic serving tray for easier watering and maintenance, then added lots of water!
My garden, February 20.
I will keep them safe in my kitchen near a big window for now and perhaps move them outdoors during the day if the temperatures warm up a little. So far our East Tennessee March is more like January!!