Every summer since we’ve owned our house, we’ve planted a vegetable garden in the backyard. New Jersey summers are ideal for growing tomatoes, lettuce, and any number of different kinds of vegetables, which are so much better when picked fresh from your garden than bought at the supermarket. This week, we finally were able to reap some of the fruits of our labor.
Here is a logical layout of the 2007 garden.
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This is the herb planter, which has all different kinds of fresh herbs in it — lemon basil, parsley, chives, oregano, rosemary.
A closeup of our lettuce patch, which has various different types of field greens in it.
Right now the tomatoes aren’t ready but the zucchinis are just starting to come in. Cukes will be another couple of weeks. We’ve been fertilizing the garden with TerraCycle, an organic New Jersey product made from worm poop. They take old soda bottles, clean and relabel them, and fill it with “Worm Tea” which is created by composting garbage with a gigantic pile of earthworms. Its sold at Home Depot, and it makes your plants grow like crazy if you spray it on once a week.
Our first harvest — some Asian greens that we got as seedlings from a Korean grocery store and a lone Zucchini.
I decided to use the greens and the zucchini along with some shrimp and red bell pepper to make a noodle stir-fry. I cleaned and de-veined the shrimp, allowing them to drain in a colander and then tossed in cornstarch with fresh ground pepper before stir-frying.
Plated noodles dish.
Shrimp garden noodles closeup.