Kasey – Week 4

Huge garden!

Despite my reservations when I first embarked on this gardening adventure, I have done it! I have beautiful healthy plants that are actually starting to yield fruit. I am already starting to enjoy the benefits of my fresh herbs. My peppers are sprouting up all over the place. I’ve already harvested one and should many more by next week. My tomatoes are full of flowers and a few small fruits.

 

Tiny tomato.

Not that there haven’t been setbacks. My original pot of strawberries never took root and died suddenly. I have a new plant now, but it won’t be bearing fruit any time soon. There were also some additions. In anticipation of having too many peppers, I planted some tomatillo seeds. I hope to have strong plants by mid-summer.

The routine of watering and taking care of the plants has become a relaxing retreat from the stresses of the day. I like to come home after work, take off my shoes, and check the plants. It is relaxing to water and care for them. It is as much about having an excuse to be productive outside as anything else.

Of course, I will be even more excited when I get my first batch of salsa. I was thinking of pairing it with a strawberry mojito. I have so much mint now that I have to think of something to do with it all! Here is a recipe I can’t wait to try:

Strawberry Mojito Cocktail

  • 1.5 ounces of simple syrup
  • about 3 fresh strawberries
  • about 4-5 fresh spearmint sprigs (chopped if you prefer smaller mint pieces in your cocktail)
  • soda water
  • 1/2 lime
  • 2 ounces of light rum

1. In a chilled glass (about 10-12 ounces), muddle the simple syrup, strawberries and mint leaves together with the back of a spoon or muddler. Crush the strawberries and mint leaves well.

2. Squeeze the juice from the lime into the glass, add the rum and stir well. Fill glass with ice and top off with soda water.

3. Garnish with mint sprigs or strawberry slices. Makes 1 drink.

Source.

I’ll keep watering and fertilizing like crazy if I can drink a few of these on my porch this summer.

 

My first pepper!

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