Handful of This, Handful of That

The warm season harvest has begun! Actually, it began last week right at the end of July and now I am so distracted by my crops that every time I go out to the garden to do some maintenance I end up harvesting a ‘handful of this and a handful of that’.  See what I mean…

Have you ever heard of a handful of strawberries a day keeps the doc away?  Me neither but I’m getting a good handful everyday so hope it works!

First artichoke is barely a handful…it’s going to make a tasty appetizer for our next dinner.

2nd, 3rd, 4th,5th and 6th ripe cherry tomato…I ate the 1st the day before…couldn’t wait…yum!

Handful of raspberries makes me smile…this is my first crop ever of raspberries and I think there will be many more handfuls to come.

Yes, stopping by every plot (I have three food areas) to see what’s ready is fun…

But the weeds, overgrown foliage and faded flowers are not rescuing themselves off to a better place!  And the pots are not fertilizing themselves nor the seeds for Fall season crops planting themselves!

Hmmm…maybe because it’s August and the “Dog Days of Summer” have hit I cannot seem to get past the activity of harvesting a handful.  Oh, and preparing and eating the harvest.  You see I have a thing about the food I’ve grown…I cannot let any of it go to waste.  Therefore, I have to go beyond my weekly “regulars” and find new recipes or pull out seasonal ones to take advantage of the fresh goods.

It is fun to be creative with food and eat something fresh everyday but it sure can take time…I think I’ve got to get out of the’ handful of this and that’ habit and get into planned “to do” lists for maximum time efficiency.

For soon the tomatoes are going to turn into bowlfuls and watermelons, beans, carrots, onions, peppers, basil and cabbage are going to join the harvest party. Darn it dog days, I’ve got to get over you!

Do you feel a natural slow down in this part of the summer?  Do any of you that grow food have a strong need to not waste ANY of it? Do you can, pickle, or freeze every last bit.  Do you call neighbors multiple times to see if they could use this or that?  I certainly do, and wonder about you?