Fruits and Veggies Galore!
My garden doesn’t just grow nicely—it bursts forth with abundance! One of the greatest perks of living in Bakersfield is the ability to grow vegetables year round. 70% of the veggies and fruits my husband and I consume come right out of our own backyard.
A green thumb I do not have, but my husband is a green giant when it comes to gardening. He considers it recreation and enjoys puttering away in the dirt after work and on weekends. I consider it a blessing. He grows it all and I process it.
By processing I mean: wash, chop, cook, freeze, dehydrate, pickle, and preserve.
Right now I’m swimming in snow peas and sugar snap peas—both of the edible pod variety. I put them in salads, soups and stir fry. We eat them with hummus, or just munch straight off the vines. The dogs beg for them like treats and pick their own when the vines grow too close to the fence.
April is kind of a transition month in the garden. As the winter crops finish producing, we pull them out and plant the first seeds and starts for spring. Last night we ate the last of the kale with white beans and pasta, and then picked the final two purple cabbages. Still growing are green onions, several varieties of lettuce, parsley, mint, and chard. There are radishes sprouting and newly planted cucumber, zucchini, tomato and pepper starts.
Over the winter we enjoyed broccoli, green cabbage, artichokes, arugula, several kinds of kale and collard greens. The pleasant surprise this year was giant snowy heads of cauliflower that came from starts we got at Home Depot.
We are blessed with a huge backyard and have turned a quarter of it into vegetable gardens. Fruit trees and blackberry bushes rim the outer fences and provide a lush green backdrop around the perimeter. Throughout the year we enjoy oranges, lemons, grapefruit, peaches, nectarines, asian pears, avocados and blackberries. The only fruit I buy on occasion is apples and bananas. With two refrigerators, a giant freezer and food dehydrator—nothing goes to waste.
Our backyard is a garden of eatin’—and we always have extra to share!