If you've been to this blog before then you know that it is mostly about using a bike as a regular form of transportation, but it's also about food (that I grow and cook), and about living simply (which is the most difficult thing, I think). At-any-rate, I am a proponent of getting rid of your lawns...yup tear 'em out and plant gardens. It's way more fun, you don't have to cut the grass, and you get food to eat. I have a teeny garden and I grow enough vegetables for myself and my teenage son to last the summer, plus I ferment and freeze some for the off season. It's still pretty early in the season (no tomatoes yet!) but I have been eating out of the garden for a few days. Before I show you what I made I have to show you what I made it with (peppers and green beans above).
Crisp Romain lettuce.
Basil (amongst other herbs)
These are just a few of the things that are ripe right now. Yesterday I made a whole wheat pizza (and a loaf of bread) with eggplant, basil and cauliflower. For a recipe with pictures on how to make this see an earlier post by clicking here
.We also ate it with a small Romain salad.
Tonight I was home alone and made myself a sauteed vegetable sandwich (on homemade bread, of course). For all of you carnivores out there don't knock this until you try it. I eat meat, but not a great deal, and a sandwich like this does not need meat (trust me). I sauteed a bunch of vegetables in olive oil with garlic, fennel, basil, and sea salt. After layering it on bread with lettuce, cheese, tomato (store-bought), and mayo I drizzled it with Sriracha sauce
...my mouth is watering just looking at the photo.
Alright now I have to get back up on my little soapbox about urban gardening, and I'll get straight to the point: Just do it. It's easier than you may think and the rewards are tremendous. I have a very small area to grow and the amount it yields is incredible. And trust me, my garden(s) is/are not pristine without weeds and grown in neat little rows...it's basically a new experiment every year, and I learn a little from one year to the next. Below is a current photo of the little patch of garden next to the walkway entering my house. It's all of 24 inches by 48 inches but it contains two green bean plants, 4 cucumber plants, a tomato plant, six broccoli plants, a couple pepper plants, and a dozens corn plants. Keep in mind that this is in my front yard; it's up against my hitching post
where I lock up my bikes for short-term stays (click here
if you want a better view of the post and if you want to remember what winter looks like)..
Each year I say I'll weed better, but I don't...it ends up being what I've come to lovingly refer to them as my savage gardens...you can barley see the Mundo
through the foliage.