We’ve been sort of counting down until we could happily pluck the fresh heads of broccoli from our garden … today, we did just that — while making dinner. There was something amazing about running outside, plucking a few of the heads and then washing and preparing it. The broccoli literally went from garden plot to plate in 30 minutes. (I will share the recipe for the Broccoli Rice with Lemon Herb Vinaigrette that I made with it in a few days.)
Meanwhile, the catmint has sprouted some vibrant and beautiful purple flowers. Last year, I planted it in the garden late into the season and it didn’t do much. But this year, it’s big and beautiful.
The blueberry bushes have … blueberries! They aren’t ripe yet but in about a month they should be. I can hardly wait — it looks like we are going to have an awesome first harvest.
The one unfortunate thing to befall the garden this week was the arrival of cabbage worms, which ate some of the red cabbage. No worries though, I am confident that (since removing the offensive worms) it will progress as expected. I certainly hope that will be the case …
And finally, my tomatoes have grown tremendously. There are buds appearing already as well … so I am hoping for a good and early harvest of some delish tomatoes.
Sarah Walker Caron is a cookbook author, freelance writer and founder of Sarah’s Cucina Bella. She is the author of four cookbooks including The Super Easy 5-Ingredient Cookbook and One-Pot Pasta, both from Rockridge Press. A single mother to a tween and a teen, Sarah loves nightly family dinners, juicy tomatoes plucked fresh from the vine and lazy days on the beach. She also adores reading and traveling.