All is going well in the garden these days. Things are growing great but they are really getting close to the end as we move away from summer and enter into fall. The fall weather brings more rain, cooler nights and cloudy days that don't really help the garden grow bigger but keeps what we have still producing.
I ventured out to pick produce the other day and after a few rows of bean plants realized that my little man's growth makes it near impossible to do all of the green beans. Luckily mother and Josh were on hand to pick up the slack. They took over the green bean search while I worked on the bigger plants that don't require as much bending. How thankful I am that at 38 1/2 weeks pregnant I am still working in the garden. After all the trouble I had in the spring, I never have taken a day for granted that I am still as active as I am, even if my activity isn't fast.
I am happy to finally get to share some pictures of our fun romanesco on the blog. I was so excited to plant this variety of cauliflower this year and have had a lot of people ask just what exactly romanesco is.
This plant tastes very similar to regular cauliflower but its redeeming quality how fun it looks. I have been very busy in the kitchen with preserving the cauliflower and broccoli my garden is producing. We are busy eating side shoots of broccoli but for the most part the majority of those plants harvested have been blanched and put in the freezer. Not so with my romanesco. I figure since the reason I even grew such a fun plant was for the way it looks, it would be a shame to cut it up and blanch it. So instead I leave the heads completely intact, steam them and then place them on the table for dinner in one piece. We then just cut them in 1/2 or 1/3rds and have a large chunk on our plates. It feels so fancy to eat such a pretty vegetable with our meals.
And in addition to the unusual parts of our garden, we have the common, but no less wonderful, portions, as well. Usually we wait to harvest our carrots until late in the fall but our store bought ones ran our the other day. I figured I might as well be thinning the large clusters of our homegrown supply instead of going out and buying more. These little gems are so sweet and tender. I am thankful we will have a large harvest for later on down the road. But as the nights get cooler and cooler I realize it won't be too much longer.