Chances are, no matter where you live now, the weather’s pretty much shit. You’re either roasting, or, like me, drowning in a never ending sea of freezing rain and cloudy skies. It’s to the point now where even my garden has had enough of the rain and is starting to look like it normally does in September. Which is not cool.
However, today I managed to scrape together enough veg to make a small salad, which thrilled the hell out of me. It’s the first 100% mine salad I’ve had this year:
8 ball zucchini, cream sausage tomato, monkey face peppers, red basil, lemon thyme, and gold oregano. For dressing I just used a bit of olive oil, black pepper and balsamic vinegar (I put it on after the photo so you could see the colors)
Now probably the best bit of my garden is the herbs. If you’re thinking about starting a container garden, start with them. Most of them are hardy, last all year in a mild winter, and can be used all the time! Also, you can use them on just about everything. And when the weather is this bad I find making things from the garden is a good way to cheer myself up. So I also made rolls with herbs:
this takes 5 minutes to make. Toast a bread roll, add cream cheese, a bit of vinaigrette, fresh herbs (I used marjoram, hyssop, lemon thyme, red basil and hyssop flowers) and squeeze half a lime over the whole thing. awesome.
And of course you need booze so I made a sort of pimped out gin and tonic:
to make: a bit of gin, a lot of tonic, Spanish mint (from the garden), juice from a slice of lime. garnish with raspberries and half a slice of lime.
and here are some photos of the balcony now (we had exactly 11 minutes of sun today, so you might see a stray sunbeam now and again), you can see how pissed off my tomato plants are looking:
8 ball zucchini. They're small but it's the first year I've managed to get any zucchini to grow at all. I was starting to take it personally.
my sad-looking moonglow and cream sausage tomatoes.
the herbs and strawberries are looking amazing though.
one of my mystery tomatoes. I'm thinking it's a mr. stripey.
monkey face peppers, which I bought only because of the name. Turns out they're really good, hot, but not scorching and a good flavor. I totally recommend growing these!
two of the mystery tomato plants turned out to be green sausage. Seriously if you're going to grow heirloom tomatoes, make sure you have a few from the "sausage" family. They grow quickly, produce early and A LOT, so while you're waiting for your other tomatoes to give up the goods, you can always have some of these to eat.
another mystery tomato, I'm hoping it's a Black from Tula
the bees have been making sweet love to my dahlias and marjoram flowers all summer.