It’s that time of year again….time to plant some delicious veggies, water daily, and wait for the magic to happen! This year was a much more enjoyable planting season since we didn’t have to dig out and dispose of sod first! Plus, it’s much easier to break up soil that’s been tilled once already.
I decided that last year’s layout wasn’t a great use of space. It just felt like we had a ton of open dirt. I know you aren’t supposed to crowd plants, but I like the idea of knowing where my food comes from. Doesn’t get much fresher than the backyard! A little reorganization was due this year to really optimize our veggie producing potential. Last year we grew-
- 3 Spaghetti Squash Plants
- 2 Rows of Green Beans
- 1 Full Sized Tomato Plants — Cherokee Purple
- 2 Cherry Tomato Pants — Indigo Rose Variety
- 3 Pepper Plants — 2 Banana Peppers, Cajun Bell
- 3 Kohlrabi
- 2 Patio Pots of Herbs — Basil, Thyme, and Oregano
- 1 Patio Pot of Lettuce Mix and Kale (Kept at an anti bunny nibbling height)
This year we have planted
- 3 Spaghetti Squash Plants
- 2 Rows of Green Beans (They are being eaten alive by bugs, we might not get beans)
- 2 Full Sized Tomato Plants — Cherokee Purple and Siberian Prince
- 2 Cherry Tomato Plants — Chocolate Sprinkle and Yellow Cherry
- 2 Rows of Snap Peas
- 4 Kohlrabi
- 3 Peppers — Orange Bell, Giant Marconi, and Anaheim
- A smattering of White Onions (In the direct sight line of the bunnies, so fingers crossed)
- 2 Patio Pots of Herbs — Basil Blend, Thyme, Oregano, Cilantro
- 1 Patio Pot of Lettuce Mix, Kale, and Arugula (Still at an anti-bunny height!)
We did do some rotating, tomatoes down to the side with the sprinkler system leak since they enjoy lots of water, and beans and peas over to the dryer side of the garden. The only veggie that didn’t move locations are the squash. Since the mowing is hired out by my HOA, if the squash head towards the rocks I can keep them from getting mowed to death by the high school boys the lawn company hires.
SO MANY PLANTS!
Ugh….I’m just so excited! Also feeling slightly antsy. I would really like to be able to walk out to the garden and pick fresh tomatoes and herbs for a caprese salad, but alas….we aren’t there yet. The herbs have started growing enough that we can pluck some, so in the meantime we will just have to settle for store bought tomatoes to go with our fresh basil, thyme, and oregano. In addition to the classic Italian trio, we also decided to try some Cilantro. We make a ton of tacos and salsas, so it seemed like it would be a good addition to our fresh herb collection. Our cilantro has since grown into a small tree…..so yesterday I decided to chop it off and whip up some taco deliciousness! So good and so easy….which was ideal cuz I had furniture to refinish and naps to take yesterday! Something about a cool breeze coming through the window just makes me wanna curl under a blanket and nap on the couch….so that’s what I did! But, I’ll put my flung together recipe below….just in time for TACO TUESDAY!!!!!
Lime and Cilantro Pork Tacos
- 1 lb Pork Roast
- 1 Medium Onion, Sliced Thin
- 1 Bottle Corona
- 4 Garlic Cloves, Smashed
- 2 Tablespoons Chili Powder and Cumin
- 0.5-1 Tablespoon Cayenne Pepper (Spice to what you like!)
- 1/4 Cup Chopped Cilantro
- Zest of 1 Lime
- Juice of 2 Limes
- Salt and Pepper
Create a bed on the bottom of your crock pot with the onion slices, add the pork, and then top with the spices, zest, juice, and beer. Cover and cook on low for 7-8 hours. I flipped mine halfway through so the top half could get some loving, but only because I happened to be home….otherwise just let it go all day.
Shred and get ready to enjoy! I like my tacos with some fresh onion, fresh cilantro, sour cream, avocado, and maybe another little squeeze of lime! I will caution….these are saucy! Next time I whip these up I might toss the meat into a skillet and cook it a little bit to try and thicken the sauce and crisp up the edges of the meat. However, I will say, these are totally delicious right outta the crock pot, just make sure you eat over a plate!
Also, I grabbed myself a new iPhone 8 this weekend, so hopefully these pictures are looking premium!