Here is an update on how our garden is doing after about a month! We had rain, rain, sun. So …. what is growing best? The weeds are growing faster than our vegetables! It is a constant race!
My daughter Fanny and I weed as soon as possible but for now it seems the weeds are winning the race ! We will let grow some of them between rows : it is such a pleasure to walk barefoot in the grass while gardening !!
We had our first radishes , such a treat!
and ground cherries ( we can already see a fruit)
(I’ve included my recipe for tabbouleh below.)
In both the garden and our pasture we let milkweed (Asclepia) grow because it is a plant bees and butterflies (especially the monarchs) love. We so need these little insects to pollinate our fruits, vegetables and plants. As our farm is surrounded by cash crops (mainly corn and soybean), we try as much as possible to create a small oasis for them and do our best to preserve some biodiversity.
With the wet weather the beetles come. My zucchinis and cucumbers have been invaded by the Striped cucumber beetle. They eat the leaves and fruits. I’ll try to get rid of them by spraying some neem oil on their leaves. (Neem has a strong unpleasant scent and while it has many wonderful properties and can do good things for your skin if it tastes as bad as it smells I see why the beetles will leave those plants alone!) Also I’ll be putting some bird seeds around my plants and attract the birds so they can enjoy a nice beetle meal !
So that’s the progress our garden has made in the past month. We’ll give you another update in a few weeks, and will share another seasonal recipe using our fruits and vegetables.
Happy gardening everybody , Enjoy these sunny days!
Here is my tabbouleh recipe!
500gr of medium couscous
300gr hot salted water
3 tbsp ground parsley
3 tbsp ground onions
4 tbsp ground mint
4-5 lemon freshly squeezed ( keep one for the end )
3 tbsp olive oil
3 tbsp oil ( canola, sunflower )
at least 6 tomatoes or a big can of diced tomatoes with the juice
In a large bowl, put the couscous. Then add hot water.
Wait a few seconds, then mix with a fork.
Add all the other ingredients.
Stir everything thoroughly.
Put the bowl in the fridge for at least 5 hours. (The longer you wait to eat it the better it will be.)
Stir every hour.
Just before serving, add the juice from the last lemon and mix again. Add salt and pepper if you want to.
And it is ready to serve , fresh tabbouleh!
Perfection with a glass of chilled rosé wine
If you want to serve a hot sauce with it, then in a small bowl, mix 2 tbsp of olive oil with harissa ( a Tunisian hot chili pepper paste) and add to taste.