I hope that everyone’s summer has kicked off to a great start. Here in the Smoky Mountain area of East TN, our weather has been a little crazy! Hot days, followed by cold days, tons of rain, and more rain! In fact, I was getting a little worried about whether my raised bed garden was going to make it through all of this sporadic weather. But, I am happy to report that my little urban backyard garden is alive & well! 🙂
Here is a before picture….
And now it looks like this!
LOOK below, and see the beautiful swiss chard that I pulled out this morning! Some of you are probably wondering what swiss chard is? Well, if you head over to my Pinterest page, called “Tasty Times” I just pinned a ton of swiss chard recipes, and you will see the versatility of this awesome, colorful, veggie.
I personally, like to keep it simple and saute mine in a little La Tourangelle Grapeseed Oil, garlic, and a little salt & pepper to taste. Here is a Wilted Swiss Chard recipe link by Martha Stewart if your up to trying something new.
So far this year, I have enjoyed some fresh spinach, cilantro, rosemary, mint, and now swiss chard. It’s so cool to go right out my back door and choose what herbs I want to put on my salad, or what veggie side dish I am going to serve my family that night. Also, in the next week or so, I will be canning tomatoes, beans, and freezing squash and zucchini! Now that’s what I call some DIY ways to save, not only am I eating healthy, organic foods, but I am getting it at a fraction of the cost! Again, this is just one of the ways that I like to save, and I would love for you to share any of your gardening pics or recipes with me in the comments below! The more the merrier! Happy Gardening All!