We got our first major harvest from the community garden yesterday.
Stephan trimmed and washed it all and bagged it up. Some we’re eating right away (I had a wonderful spinach salad today with yellow peppers, red onions, and feta cheese — only the spinach was from our garden, but still!) and some he is going to freeze.
We got three gallon-sized bags of spinach, two bags of collard greens, one bag of kale, one bag of Brussels greens, and a few tiny broccoli heads that were about to flower. We’ve never tried to freeze greens before, so I’m hoping they turn out okay.
Our sister-in-law went out to see our garden plots yesterday evening, and when she compared them to the other plots in the community garden, she declared that we win. It’s not really a competition, but it certainly is nice to see our plots doing so well. We planted early; most of what we planted was frost-resistant. And while those things weren’t producing right away due to the chilly weather, it meant that we didn’t have to do the planting during the middle and end of May when we were both busy with work. When it got warm, then we could plant seedlings.
Stephan said that he saw some ladies out at the plots today who seemed to have garden envy, but he thinks that since they planted only about two weeks ago, they don’t really have any right to complain.
We’re learning (as if we didn’t already know) that with gardening, you really get out of it what you put into it. Stephan (with a little bit of help from me) worked hard to plant early, keep things watered as well as possible in this dry weather, and tend the garden at least two or three times a week. Those who planted late, give their plants a cursory sprinkle from a watering can, and only check on things occasionally aren’t going to have the same success.
And now we get to eat the fruits (or rather, vegetables) of our labors.