I have been spending this last week in the garden weeding, and weeding and did I say weeding? In the days that we were gone to our nephew’s wedding the garden plants really took off and so did the weeds.
The potatoes have started to bloom and when weeding the patch where the carrots are supposed to be I discovered a lot of hair-thin carrots were actually growing. That meant I had to spend time on my knees picking each weed, one by one so I would not end up taking out most of the carrots. I am pretty sure some carrots were harmed in the picking of those weeds.
I kept telling myself it would be worth it in the end – carrots on my pantry shelves. Those weeds reminded me of bad habits and sin……hard to get rid of but worth it in the end. And the only way to get rid of them is time spent on my knees.
I also found my lettuce was growing. the large one in the picture is a volunteer from last year that the rabbits overlooked. The rest are all small (like the carrots) and required time-consuming plucking of weeds.
Seeing the lettuce had started; I figured I had better make some salad dressing so I would be ready when my lettuce could start being picked. A friend of a friend gave me this recipe that I really like. If you have ever had Dorothy Lynch Dressing…..it is a close copy of that.
Dorothy Lynch Wannabe Dressing
1 can tomato soup
1/2 cup white vinegar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 Tablespoon prepared mustard
1 teaspoon celery seed
1/16 teaspoon onion powder
1/8 teaspoon paprika
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup sugar
pepper to taste
Blend well with electric hand mixer or put in blender
Note: I have used Splenda in place of sugar but it is runnier.
Now I just need to wait patiently for the lettuce, carrots,tomatoes and onions to grow so I can have a great salad.
In the meantime I think I will be doing more weeding and watering before I get to sample the produce.
“Don’t let the tall weeds cast a shadow on the beautiful flowers in your garden.”
― Steve Maraboli,
Build houses and live in them;
plant gardens and eat their produce.