Friday, August 29, 2008

Reducing our carbon footprint Part IV




Garden organically.










And use every bit of it. Even if it has a bruise. Or bump. Or isn't as pretty as what you buy at the grocery store.





And if you can't garden then shop at your local farmer's market weekly.




-dana

22 comments:

Emma said...

You go girl! A good goal...and a good looking sauce! We've let some of our tomaters go to waste...there are just too many, how do you use them all!!

BTW Thanks for the awesome soundtrack on your blog! Love it.

Tipper said...

You are so right-and it all tastes so good! Even the bumps and bruises don't change that magical flavor!

kirsten said...

This makes me so homesick for the garden I grew up with. Yes, I know one can garden in the desert, but it is pretty discouraging.

How I miss black, fertile earth.

Tine said...

Oh I love those flowers, we used to have them at my parents' house, and put them in salads all the time. Growing up I thought it was so cool to have flowers we could eat :-)

I soooooo want a garden! And I PROMISE should ever be blessed with a garden, I will garden organically, and I will use up every little bit of goodness :-)

Mrs. V said...

So what are those vines, please tell us city folk who are ignorant of the life on a "farm"? Certainly you don't grow all that green vegetation for those few red flowers for your salad??

CJ, the Purple Diva said...

OH THE TOMATO! LOL Love that tomato!

Regina said...

YUM!!!

Kimberly said...

So... what time is dinner?
Looks awsome!

Blessings, Kimberly

The Mommy said...

Oh those pictures are just gorgeous! I long for a pretty, well-cared for garden with all kinds of produce emanating from it. Perhaps I just need to get my kiester away from this confounded computer and outside for once!

Amy @ Park City Girl said...

Yummy! It's so much better when you grow it yourself :)

Amy said...

Yummy! I've been eating all the tiny orange tomatoes from my garden, my favorite!

Aren't those vines nasturtium? I planted some of those by my herbs last year and they were beautiful. This year I planted a bit late and I couldn't find any, I was a bit sad.

The Kramer Family said...

Great thoughts! We have a grass-fed farm in Texas so its great to see people getting the word out.

Bruises and all.......homegrown veggies and fruit are the absolute best!

If you don't have a farm or garden, Local Harvest is a great way to find local farms around you.

Have a great weekend!
Lynsey

madrekarin said...

I absolutely agree. We put a garden in this year and have enjoyed fresh tomatoes, squash,peppers, herbs, green beans and potatoes. I was able to put up six quarts of spaghetti sauce in the freezer, canned gingered pear sauce from my friend's pears and cannot wait to start again. We are going to try a winter garden and see what happens. It's never that cold here in Georgia, so why not give it a try?
Thanks for the great post!

Scottish Nanna said...

The taste s always better when you grow them yourself I have no room for a garden for veg. we will all just have to come and share with you LOL.
Hugs Mary.

sarah, rsm said...

Mmmmmm, what time is dinner? I'll be there ... :-)

Artfulife said...

Love your new blog header. Could you post a recipe of whatever you were cooking? It looks delicious. Is it an old family recipe? Hope you have a great and safe weekend.

The Homely Animal said...

This is a lovely post and really inspiring. This year we only did tomatoes and herbs. There is something so wonderful on a really about nurturing a small plant/seed and it turn reaping it's fruits. (or vegetables) Your garden is beautiful. Very nice message.

http://www.homelyanimal.blogspot.com

Heidi Zawisza said...

The tomato is GORGEOUS!!

inkberryblue said...

What beautiful photos
and what a good message, Dana! I grow nasturtiums too and I love them especially because I get to share them with the Cabbage White butterflies and their caterpillars. (I know a lot of gardeners don't feel this way ~ but I love having these graceful little butterflies flying around, and they actually don't have much of an impact on my plants at all.)

There's an award for you over on my blog, by the way.
Happy Sunday.
=]

Jes said...

i'm with you. :) and i must say that EVERY fruit or veggie that comes from our garden is bruised, half eaten by a worm, or over ripe...but we love 'em anyway!!

hope your weekend's been blessed!

Ellie said...

How funny that I come in for my weekly browse of your blog just after I posted this

http://theclampetts.blogspot.com/2008/09/on-our-plate-tonight.html

You are right nohing beats home grown pesticide free vegies. We all get a huge buzz eating our own vegies.

The kids love to pick and eat it fresh from the garden. Hence why we hardly get any beans or peas for dinner.

sweetfunkyvintage said...

We have a tiny garden in our backyard and our children (ages 18m, 2 1/2 and 5 1/2) love it. It is such a great experience for them too!
missy