With the gathering darkness though, I started to keep a fresh eye out on our garden in the backyard. As a gardening novice, I am not sure how the weather will affect our zucchini and potatoes, but I know that frost usually wipes out anything above ground. So it was harvest time in the backyard as I wanted to bring in a good stash of vegetables before we lost them all.
Figuring the potatoes would be safe below the ground (And they will be as per motherly advice), I pulled off all the zucchini's that were of good size and any remaining flowers that stuck around. For those wondering why I would bring in the flowers, they should look at the Stuffed Zucchini Flowers recipe. Pretty tasty stuff! And its better than simply letting them go to waste.
So here is the current haul from our garden served a la Frisbee, which was on hand to help bring in the produce.
Who knew that Zucchini's grew so fast once they got going? The one Zucchini was simply massive and is destined to be made into a Chocolate Zucchini Cake that I've been holding off on making. Bringing them in with the flowers and a few potatoes for dinner and I had to feel somewhat proud of our gardening accomplishment.
Our garden was quite a challenge from the beginning. Overgrown with weeds and a noticeable lack of care for the past several years created quite the blockade. We had to clear away the refuse so we could get in there. Fighting off ants, thorns and tough soil we managed to create a small garden. And with the end result now visible, it made the whole thing worth it.
Im already planning the expansion of our garden next year to include some heads of lettuce for some fresh garden salads, and hopefully a spot for some raspberry or strawberry plants. I'll have to do some research on those before I get too excited though.
Here's hoping that next year will provide more fresh food from our garden!