Gardening is hard work. Or at least it is for us! It’s frustrating when you work so hard planting your garden only to look out the window one morning to see the goat eating up all your hard work and the chickens scratching up all your newly planted bean rows. We’re trying to keep at it because we enjoy the rewards of working for our own food, but with being very pregnant and the extreme heat and humidity lately, the weeds are winning out.
Earlier this summer, there was much excitement when we picked the cabbage we planted earlier this spring. Beautiful, non-perfect, organic cabbage heads. I cut up one head of cabbage and sauteed it with garlic, onion and some of the pak choi chinese cabbage left in the garden. It was better than delicious. We all enjoyed it not only because it tasted great, but it was all our hard work paying off in the form of good food from our own garden. I also used the cabbage to make homemade cole slaw. Delicious!
Now our only garden rewards are the tomatoes. Though not as abundant as last year, they are very prized and welcomed.
It seems silly that something so simple could bring so much satisfaction….but it does.
As a family, we are far from recapturing the lost art of gardening. We’ve had many set backs this year and low garden production. I’ve ended up buying more produce this year. However, I know it is just a season and am thankful that we are learning from this hard gardening year that will hopefully make us more productive in future years!