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….

Finished Raised Bed Gardens

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!