Garden Delights!

Have you ever seen a zucchini this big?

the fairly good zuke!

the fairly good zuke!

THIRTEEN INCHES OF DELICIOUSNESS!

It was just the perfect size for stuffing … So I got some garlic, onion, red bell pepper, some chicken sausage (if you’re a veggie, you can leave this out or opt for rice instead – I will try that next time.)  I grilled up the sausage and set that aside, halved the zucchini & scooped out the insides, then put a little oil in the pan and browned up some diced onion & garlic, added in the zucchini innards, then added in the bell pepper, added back in the sausage & cooked for a few more minutes.

Meanwhile, I dunked the halved zucchini hallows into a boiling pot of water to get them a little softer than just raw.  I poured some marinara sauce in the bottom of a cooking dish, then placed the zucchini halves in there, and stuffed them with my mixture.  Then, I topped mine with mozzarella cheese & parmesan cheese, (skipped that on The Husband’s zuke,) and baked them for about 30 minutes or so.  Voila!  Easy peasy din din.

The World's Biggest Stuffed Zucchini!

The World’s Biggest Stuffed Zucchini!

Then, today I made little caprese bites – they were so good!  Look how cute they are:

Everything came from my garden, except the mozzarella ... and the toothpicks :)

Everything came from my garden, except the mozzarella … and the toothpicks 🙂

These little delicious cherry poppers are the only tomatoes the pests have not destroyed.  I am in a battle & I will prevail!  I could have eaten every last one of these, but I was nice and shared them with my Fairly Good Father In Law 🙂

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The Fairly Good Garden

 

the fairly good garden

the fairly good garden

Since we moved into the new house almost a year ago, I have wanted an organic veggie & fruit garden bed.  I considered raised beds, and looked at a lot of different options.  I fired our original landscaper, and our new guy is fabulous!  He’s more expensive, but worth it because our front yard is easily the prettiest one on the street!

Well, that’s because of both of us … I take a vested interest in our landscaping & don’t just rely on the hired help!

So I told Mr. Landscaper my desire for an organic garden & asked him about raised beds … he said he could do much better than that, we could section off a portion of where the lantana was growing, dig down deep, get rid of all the dirt & fill it with organic soil and make a barrier around it- a beautiful border.  So I said ok.  They did that & I went to a local nursery where I found the certified organic, non-gmo veggies that I wanted to plant & I spent Friday, Saturday & part of Sunday and Monday planting away!

the magickal garden

the fairly good garden

I was a little enthusiastic about how many items I could fit into this section of my garden, so I had to resort to some pots!  No worries!  I wanted to do that anyway 🙂

Here’s what is planted in my garden:
Tomatoes (4 different varieties)
Tomatillos
Artichokes
Habanero Peppers
Serrano Chili Peppers
Red Peppers
Black Beauty Squash (zuccini)
Yellow Crook Neck Squash
Pole Beans (aka green beans)
Strawberries (Loran & Tristan variety)
Salad mix
Arugula
Herbs: Basil, Cilantro, Sage, Parsley, Rue & Rosemary