The plethora of sunshine meant a good haul this summer.
I’m feeling a bit of garden envy looking at pictures of my Mom’s garden in Manitoba. Although harvesting all of those vegetables is a lot of work, never mind figuring out what to do with them. My mom’s been cranking out salsa and tomato sauce as fast as she can. You can read more about her garden and the off-the-grid home my parents are building on their blog.
Vancouver really comes alive when it is sunny out. There is so much going on in the city and in my neighbourhood. Within 5 minutes of my front door there is outdoor sports setup by my local community centre; thousands of cyclists cruising on the seawall, and musicians cranking out tunes on a public piano provided by Keys to the Streets.
Our garden is also thriving. The long hot days have caused our plants to explode. We picked the last of the arugula, which went to seed, but the lettuce, kale, carrots, green onions, beets, tomatoes, and cucumbers are thriving.
This late surge of warm September weather is really helping our tomato and pepper plants. I was worried none of the green tomatoes would have a chance to ripen, but I picked the first 5 monster tomatoes yesterday and there’s dozens more just starting to turn orange. We even have a few jalapenos making a late push. Which can only mean one thing – it’s fresh salsa time!
I also found this mystery squash in our community garden. I transplanted it in the spring from our compost bin (often seeds from squash, pumpkins, and tomatoes will sprout). One of my neighbours thought it could be chayote (which we used to make pho), but it doesn’t look bumpy enough. After scanning pictures on google, I think it might be Lebanese White Bush Marrow, but I don’t where the seed would have come from, it’s not exactly a grocery store variety of squash.
Our community garden now consists of a mountain of kale, a jungle of tomato plants, one bush of cilantro, and a few beets and carrots. We’re doing our best to keep up with the kale and are preparing for the onslaught tomatoes which are just starting to ripen. I can’t wait to feast on fresh salsa. I found the first red tomato this morning.