We had a vegetable garden this summer for the first time. We built a raised 4’x8’ bed and planted cherry tomatoes, cherokee purple tomatoes, bell peppers, strawberries, basil, cilantro, okra, spanish spice peppers, banana peppers, squash and zucchini. The cherry tomatoes and peppers did the best and produced all summer. We got some squash and zucchini early in the summer before bugs got to them. We had a few strawberries early on but they faded quickly too. The okra never really took off, so we planted at the end of the summer. We’ll see how they do.
The cherry tomatoes were a big hit. During the peak of the summer, we were probably harvesting 2 pints per week. We used them in recipes, for snacks, with lunch, and to make salsa. Here are some pictures of the fun
This was a good dish Jennifer made using the squash, zucchini, and cherry tomatoes all together.
She also roasted some of the peppers and tomatoes and then blended them together to make spaghetti sauce.
The salsa was really our favorite dish. We would pick everything and save it all week then make a big batch of salsa on the weekend.
We handed out a few jars to our neighbors that let us swim in their pools.
Jennifer got lots of good advice from her dad and grandpa. Most of our success was due to their help. Hopefully they have tips for a winter garden because that’s what we’re going to try next!