Real Food – Gardening Procrastination Style

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I haven’t said much about my garden, even though I made an entire category dedicated to it. It’s mostly because I didn’t put the plants in the ground until early July and this is Canada. Just a wee bit late (understatement of the year).

Nevertheless, I have zucchini! The plant is massive and there are dozens of zucchini on it. So YAY for zucchini!


Have you seen my Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread recipe?

The tomatoes may or may not make it, depending on how long the weather holds.



roma tomatoes

I have two pumpkins the size of quarters, but I think they may have a chance, as they don’t mind the cold weather as much.


Make that ONE pumpkin, I think the other one died.

I have onions, but I haven’t a clue how they are coming alone and don’t want to check and risk pulling a half grown one. I think they too can survive some autumn weather.


Those aren’t weeds amongst my onion, they’re herbs. If you believe that … well, I have some ocean front property in Arizona for sale.

On a different note: I don’t deserve this camera. It should be confiscated. Ignore all the noise in the photos please, I forgot to change the ISO after taking pics of the kids with sparklers in the dark. Really, someone come and remove the camera from my possession.

NEXT YEAR! Next year, I am going to put those seedlings in the ground in late May like I am supposed to.

Did you grow a garden this year? How’d it go?

MK xo

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Mamma3Monkeys · August 30, 2010 at 11:44 am

Fried Green Tomatoes are how I deal with ones that will never get enough warm weather to turn green. Super YUM, no matter what the tomato, I’ve even done it with cherry! okay, any tomato but grape, I can see how that just wouldn’t work. But I’m sure there are other ideas out there for those!

    MommyKnows · August 30, 2010 at 8:46 pm

    @Mamma3Monkeys, I’ve never had fried green tomatoes, but I have a feeling they are going to be on several future menus!

    Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comments. I really appreciate it.

Ashley · August 30, 2010 at 2:37 pm

I loath gardening, and only do so if I have to.

    MommyKnows · August 30, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    @Ashley, I hate dirt on my hands, so gardening isn’t my favourite either, BUT we use so many tomatoes I thought it might be a good way to eat healthy and save $. It might work out yet.

    I come from a long line of avid gardeners, and this is my first attempt. I quite liked it. There’s just something about it …

    Thanks (as always) for stopping by! I appreciate it.

Safire · August 30, 2010 at 4:48 pm

We don’t have any room for a garden. But we did pot some blueberry bushes this year. It was fun to walk out and pick our own…although not enough!

    MommyKnows · August 30, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    @Safire, Yum! We love blueberries.

    I planted all of mine in large post (really large 3′ diameter), so it works out. I have room, but my husband never got the time to build the beds. Maybe next year, the poor man is overworked as it is.

    Thanks for stopping by :) (as always!).

Moxie · August 30, 2010 at 8:22 pm

I live in Alberta, also and we had a cold wet spring this year. My cherry tomatoes are producing (yum) but my romas and regular size tomatoes are still very green. I am hoping for a good autumn. How cool and late was our season? Well, I just harvested the past of the ‘spring’ peas yesterday.

Love your blog – yay for local!!!

    MommyKnows · August 30, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    @Moxie, I guess my plants aren’t doing to badly then, considering they got in the ground so late.

    I sure hope we have a warm September. I have a couple of hundred tomatoes the size of quarters.

    Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it!

Audrey Gough · August 30, 2010 at 9:26 pm

Next year put in some Rhubarb! You can stick it in a flower bed, and it just keeps on coming every year, plus you should get 2 – 3 crops per plant each year. Makes fab crumble. x

Kim Becker · August 30, 2010 at 10:16 pm

Great idea Audrey. I love rhubarb. I usually get it from my mom or grandma, but having my own wouldn’t hurt.

Margaret Hoekstra Vincent · August 31, 2010 at 5:08 am

Hey that’s my kind of garden item! I’m totally doing rhubarb next year :)

Gloria Bednarz · August 31, 2010 at 8:03 am

Fabulous photos! I love fried green tomatoes, they were always on our dinner table growing up on the farm. Cut into half inch thick slices dusted in flour, salt and pepper, then fried EVOO to golden brown. Delicious! As kids we ate them with ketchup. As a kid everything tasted better with ketchup.

Test Master · August 31, 2010 at 8:57 am

testing testing 123

oyunaras · September 7, 2010 at 9:19 am

Gardening is so important for us. Because our children need organic materials.

Laguna Beach Realtor · September 7, 2010 at 1:41 pm

Those look amazing!

Fleur @ new homes in Birmingham · June 16, 2011 at 6:01 am

I am in the UK and we put most things in the ground by end of May! Love your zucchini, I planted courgettes (zucchini in UK!)last year and they were huge, they took over the whole veggie patch. I harvested many courgettes, huge ones if they are left to grow, so will follow your recipe this year when I harvest again. Another good thing to do is to pick the flowers, lightly coat them with seasoned flour and egg and deep fry them. They are delicious. This is how they eat them in Italy. They also mix in the flowers in pasta and put on top of pizzas.

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