Garden-sitting for the Alters: Harvest edition!

Well, the summer has pretty much ended, which is kind of a bummer. On the bright side, however, harvest season is in full force! Before my final schlep up to the Alters’ garden (I’ve been garden-sitting, for those who don’t know; here’s Part 1 and Part 2), Jacob let out an exasperated sigh and said, “Remind me why you’re doing this, again?”

I had four words for him: We’re sharing the bounty.

And my, oh my, what a bounty there was! I was literally stopped in my tracks when I entered the backyard and saw a zucchini plant crawling up a tree, the tendrils of a squash plant creeping over to the house next-door and lettuce that had grown nearly as tall as my chest (I decided to let it “bolt” just to see how high it would get — turns out, it can get pretty high; and it even has beautiful little flowers at the top in a cute starburst formation). Part of me was almost weirded out by the whole scene, like it was straight out of Little Shop of Horrors and Audrey 2 was everywhere. But I regained my composure and started wandering amongst the foliage to see what I could pluck — I was told by Kelly to “eat, eat, eat” whatever was ready to be harvested — and eventually discovered two HUGE zucchinis. The squash wasn’t quite ready yet, so I gave it more water and let it be. There were ridiculous amounts of kale, so I snatched a few leaves of that; then I took some stuff that I thought was maybe spinach but is actually a complete Mystery Plant to me. It has a kind of lemony taste to it and big, flat leaves. The peas had unfortunately dried up, but the beets were still kicking, so I pulled up a couple of the bigger ones. Here’s the finished cornucopia:


I guess it doesn’t seem like very much, really, considering the square footage of the garden itself. However, it’s still exciting that, with a horribly damp summer and next to no green thumbs, I was able to help the Alters produce real, living, healthy food. Needless to say, I returned home, dragged Jacob outside, pointed to the veggies and said, “THAT’s why I spent all that time weeding!” Then, we had a delicious vegetarian curry.


17 Responses to Garden-sitting for the Alters: Harvest edition!

  1. Q says:

    congratulations! The beets look to die for.

  2. Chris says:

    The mystery plant looks like sorrel – nice in salad or chopped up in an omelette. I love it.

  3. kelly says:

    The mystery plant is indeed sorrel, good spotting, Chris. I was thrilled to see how much it grew. I love using it for soup.

  4. EcoYogini says:

    WOW! congrats on all your hard work!
    i am le jealous to say the least, our urban garden produced some carrots… everything else died. LOL. hopefully we’ll have better luck next year!

    Blessings and Peace

  5. Who would have thought we’d ever be this excited about harvest season.

  6. Chia-Yi says:

    Those veggies look so great! I wish I had space for a garden. Oh well, I can always play Harvest Moon.

  7. Caroline says:

    You should try eggplants, home gardening do them so good !

    Caroline Motte
    Find Green Eco-Friendly Products Here

  8. Emma says:

    I need you to come over and explain why my hot-dog tree isn’t working. I think I over watered it with lager.

  9. pat says:

    It’s best not to let the zucchinis get huge as they get fibrous and lose their sweet taste. (I watch Jamie Oliver!)

  10. Below2 says:

    But to tackle this globally will require huge funds.

    Will it be fortchoming?

  11. My blogger friend told me there is a book called “Sleeping Naked Is Green” when I wrote about my attempt of doing so. I just found out you blog, too! Sweet!

    I’ve been eating mostly raw vegan for the last several months, and read about sleeping naked in Victoria Boutenko’s book, I think. I do sleep better this way, and although it’s getting a bit cold at night, I’m still doing it.

    And I love gardening, too.

    Keep up the great work. I’m subscribing.

  12. Marion Delgado says:

    I love your book and your Jacob is one lucky guy.

    When I bought it at Borders in addition to the giant Borders receipt, they put in an extra receipt-like object that was a (truly) incomprehensible couponlike thing the size of the giant receipt itself, that let you do something involving video games.

  13. Marion Delgado says:

    BTW I think the revolving door thing sounds terrible – what’s wrong with air exchange? Most buildings do it, and not in a human-powered way, anyway. That one actually made me swear off revolving doors if I can avoid them.

  14. Jessica says:

    ha! so i just bought your book the other day and i’m loving it! it’s truly inspiring me to make some green changes. I love your writing style and in your memoir you’re always on yourself about not having a boyfriend so I was positively thrilled to goodsearch (thanks for the suggestion) green as a thistle and discover that you’ve met someone! best of luck!

  15. Lemony taste might be sorrel. And the leaf form looks right. 🙂

    Beautiful harvest!!

  16. Oh, wait… I see you’ve already identified it in the comments. Oops!

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