A Garden’s Labor of Love

September 2, 2008 heavenlygardens

Today is Labor Day and most Americans are celebrating the social and economic achievements of U.S. Labor by taking a day off.

Not so for gardeners. We are a hardy lot. Like good parents, we know that we must tend to our gardens daily to reap their bounty. So I was in the garden early this morning, weeding and watering, in anticipation of tonight’s early cold snap.

The fruits and vegetables look healthy in spite of the fact that the last two nights the temperatures have been dropping 20 to 30 degrees. Tonight the weather person predicts it will get into the 30s and recommends covering frost-sensitive plants. Three days ago, it was almost 100 degrees and it’s only September 1st. Isn’t weather amazing?

In spite of, or perhaps because of, our temperature extremes, I picked the makings of a great and very large salad for our afternoon picnic with some friends. It contained endive, romaine lettuce, Mexican squash, yellow straight neck squash, celery, Sweet 100 cherry tomatoes, green, red, and orange peppers, onion, garlic, both onion and garlic chives, basil, oregano, and savory.

I mixed olive oil and lemon juice for a dressing. Another dressing that adds zest to salads is Steel’s Gourmet Salad Dressings, which are available in Honey Mustard and Sweet Ginger Lime at CarbSmart.

One of the goals I set for myself each summer is to reach a point where the majority of the food on our table is from our garden. For today’s salad, everything except the dressing was from my garden.

How wonderful that felt!

To Your Gardening Abundance,



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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. teaescapade&hellip  | 

    What an amazing goal – to have a majority of the food on your table from your garden. I would love to be able to do so. Maybe my family could pack up and come to live with you. Just kidding! 🙂

  • 2. heavenlygardens&hellip  | 

    I have to say there are days when I wish there were more of us. Like last Autumn when we had more grapes than we could even give away. If you lived nearby, you and your family could come pick however many grapes you want!

  • 3. teaescapade&hellip  | 

    If I lived close we’d take you up on that offer! However, we probably live about 5 states away. I’m in Ohio – where are you?

  • 4. heavenlygardens&hellip  | 

    Ohio? Yes, quite a ways. Darn and we’re going to have a LOT of grapes to share again this year. We’re in the High Sierras, California near the Nevada border.

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