When your hobby becomes your job, you may need a new one, right? So let me take a moment to reflect on my garden this season. I have always wanted a garden and even with a crazy busy schedule I still dreamt about it. Originally my wife was not on board, but with two small kids who were finally excited about something other than the movie Frozen, I knew we had to do it. The idea of watching something grow and being able to eat what you grow inspires me, even in the midst of a very crazy schedule.
What's in our Garden? Tomatoes (Roma and Cherry), Tabasco Peppers, Cayenne Peppers, Okra, Sweet Basil, Rosemary and Watermelon.
Can you guess what grew the best.? Okra! We had okra on okra and then more okra. If the south does rise again it will probably be because of okra. Of course my favorite part was cooking this bounty of delicious vegetables. For the record, I did not cook out of the garden that much. Even with my lack of time and pure neglect my high intentions ended very low. The okra tasted the best when it was right at ripeness, not too big. My favorite creation from our garden was a Tomato Basil pesto. Yes, tomato and basil straight from the garden mixed into heavenly goodness. It was full of flavors very distant from the everyday. Flavors that reminded me of things like Grandmas and Pappaws, bush-hogging, and eating blackberries right off the vine. Flavors that make me dream of a different time and place.
If I can do it, so can you, dream a little or dream big. Garden at least once in your life. It is worth it.