Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Summer Gardening

By Cindy Pitts Gilbert  Buford Weekly Illustrated  May 11, 2016

My husband and have been growing a little garden for the past several years.  Our first cucumber plant that grew cute little cucumbers made us so proud. We called it our baby and posted it on social media like proud parents, then we ate it.  What started as a home school project for my kids, that they now will have nothing to do with has turned into a way of life for my husband and I.  I look forward to spring every year and plan out what I'm going to plant each year.  I enjoy going to local plant sales at local nurseries as soon as the plants come in.  I always take a friend or two out to Growers in Loganville which is now a tradition and based on the crowd, it is a tradition for a lot of Gwinnett County. We also have to  make a trip or two to Creative Enterprises. I love supporting local growers and non-profits like Creative Enterprises. If you haven't been there it is a wonderful place. This organization is dedicated to assisting adults with disabilities and others with barriers to employment in maximizing their potential. They have multiple programs and services to help these adults develop skills to be as independent as possible. If you haven't been there to get your plants you really should visit.  It really is a very special place. 

Our garden is small but we love eating the results of our labor.  There really is  nothing more beloved
in the south than a home grown tomato, to grow a garden without them would be, well a waste of effort.   A large number of people I know who garden consider it a labor of love. There is something so therapeutic about digging in the dirt, making our own compost from kitchen scraps and then watching the blooms turn into the literal fruits of our labor.  We love making homemade salsa, macaroni salads, adding our own fresh homegrown herbs to our Italian dishes. Summer eating is so much fun, however if you play your cards right and do a bit of prep and planning you can store up some of that summer yumminess for winter soups, and dried herbs for teas. Have you ever tried a nice lemon balm and peppermint tea, so soothing for a winter cold, or enjoyed savory seasonings like rosemary, sage and thyme for crock pot cooking. Nothing is more delicious than taking canned tomatoes, dried basil and oregano and making your own homemade spaghetti sauce.  I don't consider myself a chef by any means, yet cooking something you have grown somehow makes the experience so much more enjoyable.

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