Gloria relaxes with horticultural kindness | columns

I’ve always wondered how a person could ever go to work in the garden to relax. Weeding just wasn’t on my list of the things I particularly liked. I don’t know what happened, but for the past week I’ve been strolling into the garden after dinner and taking deep breaths. I felt my whole being relax as weeds were removed and tomatoes were staked.

This spring, the garden was the center of countless high-quality family times. Our first cucumbers are trifles that are undoubtedly picked before they are properly ripe. Daniel and Jesse came into the house last week with our first pumpkin.

Why are garden items so fun? Perhaps it is a dimension that has brought so much joy that the younger ones are old enough to be amazed at the miracle how God created vegetables. These plants have seeds that can be dried and used in a whole new cycle of healthier food for the family. Not to mention the little boys are old enough to understand the concept of not trampling down sweetcorn or growing vegetables instead of weeds. I know you keep telling me that they’ll all grow up before I know what happened, and I think it’s starting to get more and more of it.

Little Joshua loves to play with us in the garden when he’s playing in the dirt or plucking on the plastic in the row of tomatoes. Yeah, he tore open the plastic and left holes big enough for the sun to shine in and weeds to poke their heads through, but guess what? We have found that keeping our little curly hair happy and busy while we chop or plant the rest of the sweet corn or green beans is also worth a lot. We like to plant in different attachments to enjoy more freshness from the bed.

I think it would be nicest to have a root cellar to keep some garden items longer. But then that’s fine. I am grateful for my large fridge. Our young nine-year-old reader, Miss Ashlyn of Versailles, Ohio, asked how we operate our refrigerators and freezers. We have a large solar system with a battery pack that is also charged when the engine is running in Daniel’s wood workshop. So yes, we generate our own electricity instead of taking it from the line. Thank you for your concern!

While we’re freezing things, I enjoy the ease of grabbing a jar in the can room and having it ready to go – no thawing required.

I know that not everyone has access to fresh garden items; If you have the opportunity to come to us, please come by, we will be happy to fill a basket for you.

I’ve been puzzling over which gardening bounty recipe to pass on to you. I think: “Well, what is better than a tomato sandwich, a simple old tomato sandwich, like a slice of bread with mayo and thick tomato slices with a little salt and pepper on top?” But then there is salad and really, everything can go in there, fresh Salad and spinach to plenty of onions, cucumbers or even strawberries all find their way into an old-fashioned mixed salad than I’d like to admit. If I’m short of time or prepare dinner with a hip rider, I just cut them into slices and fry them in butter or oil, then sprinkle them with salt. I make them Daniel’s favorite way by dipping them one after the other in a mixture of flour and spices and then frying them until crispy until golden brown.

Before we got married, I was introduced to my fiancée’s family recipe of zucchini patties. It was love at first bite. Let’s go – try it for yourself!

Zucchini patties

2/3 cup bisquick mix *

¼ cup of parmesan cheese

2 eggs

2 cups of grated zucchini

1 small onion, finely chopped

½ teaspoon of salt

¼ teaspoon black pepper

Mix everything together. Pour 1/2 cup of batter into a hot butter pan. Fry until golden brown over medium heat. You can top it with a slice of cheese if you want, or for a best sandwich ever, try having it with a slice of homemade bread and a fresh tomato!

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