One of the best things about gardening is squash. It is my favorite vegetable, and has been since I was a very young child. I credit my parents for this -- they introduced me to the mouth-watering goodness of fried squash as soon as I was old enough to eat solid food.
Life is good in the August garden. Months of hard work are paying off with a bountiful harvest, and there is almost no work to be done. I don't even water any more.
If you're like me and don't have space for an orchard in your backyard, there are some great local farms that will be glad to grow your fruit for you. Yesterday we visited one of our favorite farms --Butler's Orchard in Germantown, MD -- to pick our own produce.
Last summer my squash plants died a slow and painful death. After months of tilling, sowing, watering, composting, and lovingly tending to the plants, we were only able to harvest one sad little squash before the plants died.
We're in the heart of the growing season, and boy are things growing! The garden is overflowing, thanks to our preparations and Mother Nature's help -- she's been delivering regular rain and long days of sunlight, so the crops are bountiful.
We hear so often how important it is to include leafy greens in our diet, so I'm always looking for ways to fit more into our meals. I particularly like using spinach -- I find the rather bland flavor works well in just about any recipe.