Monday, May 04, 2009

Too much food ahead

My first year of gardening has been a total blast, with an unexpected side effect.

The vegetable garden threatens to overproduce.

The few herbs I've had time to plant are already going bonkers. I have way too much rosemary, thyme, and dill. The basil, which I accidentally beheaded when moving a soaker hose, has rebounded and is making up for lost time with a fury.

And our squash plants, though not ready to harvest, give me a glimpse into a very squashy future. Which is all fine and good if you like squash--and I do--but Byrd despises it. There's no way I'm going to be able to eat all that squash myself.

Further, we've got a cantaloupe vine getting started, and I just planted corn. The following seeds are going into the ground in the next few days: green beans, watermelon, pumpkin, and carrots.

If any of this stuff does as well as the squash, I'm looking at an awful lot of food about two months from now.

And this is on top of the four eggs a day that the chickens provide.

I wonder, can man (or woman) live off of eggs and vegetables alone? It would make for a cheap grocery bill.

But more to the point, what should I do with the extra food?


Dennis the Vizsla said...

"Dozer's Farm-Fresh Egg & Vegetable Stand"!

PoochesForPeace said...

You could can some of it. And personally, I think I could live off that! :)
p.s.- my word verification was cowbar, hahaha

EmilyS said...

well, around here, where zucchini is one of the few veggies that anyone can grow, we say 2 things:

1) you can tell the person who has no friends by who's buying zucchini in the grocery and

2) keep your windows closed at night during the summer, because there are people who drive around tossing their excess through open windows

and btw:

it doesn't matter how often or how carefully you harvest your zucchini, you WILL end up with baseball bat sized ones...

some pit bull will eat some zucchini.. sometime. Count yourself lucky if yours will.


Rinalia said...

I could totally live off of all of that (minus the eggs, which I don't eat). :)

I don't know the type of squash you are growing, but once off the vine, many kinds can last months before needing to be used. You can also can stuff or make a squash soup and freeze it.

If you have friends/family nearby, I'm certain they'd love some farm-fresh veggies and herbs.

And if you cannot find anyone to take it, you can always compost it and recycle it as soil. :)

Sharon said...

I think you can totally live off that! If it were me, I'd just buy bread and condiments- you can make all kinds of things from the garden you mentioned. How exciting!


Anonymous said...

Share! There must be a local food bank or shelter that would love some fresh produce!

Anonymous said...

Hello, I'm a student journalist at the University of South Alabama. I'm doing a story about pit bulls for a class and for use in local publications and websites.

The city I live in (Mobile, Alabama) is considering breed-specific legislation targeting pit bulls and/or a complete ban of pit bulls. Could I get your thoughts on that?

Also, a lot of the rescue organizations/animal shelters in this area will not accept pit bulls or they will be euthanized instead of adopted out. Could I get your thoughts on that?

I'm particularly interested in what happens to pit bulls once they get to a shelter/rescue organization. Any info on that would be very helpful.

Do you know other people I could contact on this topic?

Thank you,
Johnny Davis

forsythia said...

Mom loved zucchini. She said you could never have too much. As I've said, we disagreed on a lot of things.

Leila said...

The many uses for Zuchini. Zuchini chocolate cake (seriously really really good), add into your chocolate chip cookies, zuchini bread, zuchini w/ sweet italian sausage. Basil will always grow back as long as you cut it back until your first cold snap.

Your local extension service should have canning guidelines if you are interested.

The bounties of a garden are amazing. Plus it is a great way to get to know your neighbors. :) When I was a kid we raised 75% of everything we put on our table. That included garden and farm.
Enjoy your bounty!