If anyone is an advocate for making your home your happy place, it’s me. There’s honestly no place I’d rather be. And with 2021 well underway, I’m itching to continue to improve our space inside and out. This week I decided to make the first move on our vegetable garden -I finally ordered seeds!
St Louis has been snow covered this week, so this may seem a little premature. But I would really love to have the seeds on hand to learn about how and when to plant them. Also, I’m hoping to have a built-in window shelf in our guest room/office situation to help start some of the seeds indoors until the weather warms up. That room has a perfect deep set window that’s just screaming for a shelf or two!
All of the seeds I purchased for the vegetable garden are from Park Seed. They have a great variety of seeds to choose from, and the prices were incredible. They are partly to blame for why I went a little crazy here. And since I can’t keep even an aloe plant alive, this should be interesting!
I like radishes on salads, but I really just prefer them as a snack. My Mom always eats them with salt, and it’s my favorite way to eat them as well. Aside from that, radishes are a great thing to grow as a newbie because the results are usually quick and plentiful. It gives the gratification and motivation going since the other plants generally take a bit to come to maturity.
I’m not sure I know anyone who doesn’t love sweet corn. I’ve never grown a corn before, but I’m really kind of excited for it! Especially in the summer when we grill the corn with the husks still on. It adds the perfect smoky flavor.
Corn (for popping)
I’m not sure I really need to say much about this one. Popcorn is one of my top 3 favorite foods, so I’m a strange amount of excited for this. I mean, how exciting will it be to make popcorn from corn I grew?!
This one is another snack food for me. Cucumbers alone, or even dipped in ranch are so good. It’s something I’m hoping Lenna likes to snack on too so that she’s not always reaching for the crackers.
Okay, so this one was labeled 'National Pickling Cucumber Seeds'. Are there only certain cucumbers meant to be pickled? I'm not sure. But I definitely want to give it a shot.
Once in California, I had lunch on a pier and ordered a grilled cheese sandwich with an arugula salad. That salad was the bomb. I'm excited for salads, pizza toppings, and so much more.
I love when food is both tasty and beautiful. And that’s what mixed greens does for me. It takes my salads to another level. I can’t wait to make salads like this one this summer!
Dane loves spinach. I don’t necessarily love it in salads like he does, but I do love to add it to entrees and appetizers like this spinach and artichoke dip.
How amazing does this pasta con broccoli recipe look?
I put green onion on a lot. Chicken Teriyaki, pizza, salads, wraps, potato soup. Pshhhh....cauliflower soup! You guys, I make a mean cheesy cauliflower soup. You can find the recipe here.
I honestly have no real plan for this one. But we use onion quite a lot, so why not?
Bell peppers are a great snack dipped in ranch, but I also love to stuff them. This week we’re planning this Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Pepper recipe.
Tomatoes are obviously used in a number of things. But I’m thinking of these smaller vine tomatoes for appetizers or something to dice in an entree. This Cheesy Oven Roasted Tomato recipe would be the perfect side dish.
There were so many tomato varieties to choose from, but I ultimately landed on a yellow tomato. No good reason other than it was different and I think would make any dish more exciting to eat.
I think green beans are my all time favorite (green) vegetable. If there’s a meal missing a veggie, it’s my go to. And for special occasion meals, I usually always make this recipe for Honey Balsamic Green Beans.
I only make a handful of recipes with jalapeños, but I thought this one would be fun to do anyway. I’m thinking of bringing these stuffed jalapeños to our neighborly ‘Thirsty Thursday’ gatherings.
Fact: I’m allergic to carrots. But when I decided to order this one, I really pictured Lenna pulling one out of the. Garden and being so excited for what she found. So...I guess I hope this one grows. Besides, she isn’t allergic to them right now.
If you missed my plans for the garden, be sure to catch up on our 2021 Project List,