July Garden 2012


This garden business is crazy-town. I have no idea why we had never planted greens before this year, because apparently greens love our garden. The boys came in with this truckload of kale and chard last week.



And a green bell pepper!


… and more tomatoes and jalapeño peppers!



We ate an insane amount of kale sautéed in olive oil and garlic with lemon juice and parmesan cheese sprinkled on top. Milo ate a fair amount of the kale since he helped pick it! But we gave most of it away to neighbors with little recipe cards attached. And Milo and Oliver had so much fun delivering it! There’s nothing like teaching generosity and thoughtfulness towards neighbors. Don’t you think?


P.s.- Guess who got to wash it all?

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  1. I’m so jealous! Every green I’ve planted – with the exception of basil – has been nibbled to a nub or uprooted by a rabbit, squirrel, or chipmunk! (Oakwood!) What’s your secret?!
    Btw- Lauren, I’ve suggestedyour blog as fun reading to several of my friends with small children. Your posts definitely solidify the fact that you are trying to raise, intelligent, inquisitive, thoughtful & caring young men. Thank you for that & I hope it gives others much to ponder in better ways to raise children!
    (You looked fabulous in yesterday’s post! Carrying & pushing weight! Is there an Olympic event for moms?)

  2. I look forward to my kids getting to this creative age. You do such a wonderful job expanding their minds. I will blame it on the hormones (2.5 months postpardum) hahaha….but i choked up a couple times just seeing pictures. Popsicle party!?!? Ya i started to choke up looking forward to a time in my life that will bring such fun! You are a great mom.

  3. Aw, man – I LOVE KALE!! I wish my boys did but no luck so far.

    It’s so great for little ones to actually see where food comes from!


  4. That is a mountain of kale and I’m sitting here wishing I was your neighbor. When I lived in Brazil I ate kale all the time, usually as a salad with vinegar, oil, lemon juice, and salt mixed with it. And it was usually on the side of a helping of rice and beans. So delicious.
    Enjoy your garden and take a break from washing all those veggies.

  5. That is an ASTONISHING quantity of kale. My jaw literally dropped when I came to the pick of the greens piled by the sink. (Did you know you can blanch & freeze kale for use later in soups, stews, etc? It freezes well!)

  6. Lauren, this brings back memories of your Dad and our garden. The first garden we had was at Grandmom and Poppop’s house in Fallston, MD. We grew loads of swiss chard, which was the very first time I had ever heard of it. The harvest of it took up most of your Grandmom’s counter. She was so good natured about everything, though. Even though she was in the middle of making dinner for all of us that Sunday afternoon, she had that beautiful smile on her face during it all! We had to keep windows closed because the manure we used in the garden wasn’t quite ready, so it stunk up their neighborhood. Your Father certainly gave you the gift of beautiful and natural things. I love you!

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