Aug 29

End of Summer ’17

As the summer months closed out, I enjoyed some delicious foods cooked outside, plenty of salads and veggies from the garden too.

Some pics from the late summer garden;

Cucumbers, yellow squash and one little zucchini.

One of my favorite ways to prepare summer squash – marinate in olive oil with lemon juice and herbs and then grill on the open fire.

A tossed salad with plenty of cucumbers, bell peppers and cherry tomatoes.

Fresh peas on the vine.

Fresh corn is not from my garden, but it is picked daily at the farm just down the road from my home. Notice the plumpness and sheen of each kernel – an indication of optimum freshness.


Peas came in abundance this season and due to the cooler temperatures and plenty of rain, they seemed to produce for a longer duration than most years.

Green beans did very well this year.

Brussels sprouts produced only a moderate harvest due to the fact that the beetles were eating them.


Sweet corn is a special treat each summer for only a short period of weeks. Go here to read a little more about the corn we serve at the dinner table.

Brussels sprouts are another crop well suited for freezing. Though the beetles attacked and devoured much of my crop this year, I did have enough to put some away in the freezer for later use.

This is only a small portion of the basil I grew. I had much more in the garden plot and that stuff grows bigger and more pungent than the potted plants.

I had enough basil to make about 3 pints of pesto. You can follow this link to an earlier article and learn how to make pesto. It is a delightful vegetarian food and if you make a batch to store in the freezer it is a wonderful way to preserve a bit of summer’s taste sensation.

A fist full of fat juicy blueberries. I had plenty for the freezer.


This picture is from mid-season. Near the end of the season the plot looks more like a jungle!











This salad featured fresh picked peas in addition to cucumbers, tomatoes and greens.

A simple way to serve tomatoes – slices seasoned with salt and freshly cracked black pepper, a dribble of virgin olive oil and a few leaves of freshly picked basil.

This week the weather changed. The days are much cooler. The evenings have a bit of a chill which makes sleeping more comfortable. Nature is signaling that summer is closing.

There are plenty of leeks to pick in late September or early October. A few small eggplant remain and a bunch of decorative gourds

All in all it was a good year in the garden. Some ups and some downs, but gardening is like life – we have good years and sometimes we have some years that aren’t so great, but life goes on.


This past weekend was the beginning of garden clean-up. The picture shows what I harvested in the morning.

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    • Lily Cheng on August 31, 2017 at 4:14 am
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    What a healthy life you have! How lucky you are to have such a big garden! This is the kind of life that many Chinese people dream of.:))

    1. Thanks for your comment, Lily.
      However, as we discussed in the lesson using the FEE article about “Marginal Utility”, maintaning a garden is a lot of work, but the benefits are something that I enjoy. So, really it’s not about luck. It is all about choices based on my preferences. Other people may think, wow! – gardening is too much work and they may not be able to imagine doing all that work. They may instead choose to buy their veggies at the store…or maybe they would choose not to eat veggies at all! So, for these people they can make their choice and for me, I choose really fresh and healthy veggies.
      Haha! Get it?

        • Lily Cheng on August 31, 2017 at 8:13 pm
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        Good point! This is A on your internal preference ranking.:))

        1. Yes, exactly! You learned well. 😉

    • May on September 1, 2017 at 8:50 pm
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    The veggies and fruits can’t be any fresher! Every picture shows us the beauty, color and liveliness of nature. Thanks for this very nice post, Kevin.
    I still remember the previous post in June, titled “Early June Garden Report 2017”. Your planting list is so long, with about 30 varieties. Now it’s full of harvest, but I undersatnd it’s not so easy to handle a garden well. Glad to know that it’s your internal preference A, which makes gardening more enjoyable and fun.
    Finally, I really appreciate the closing words in this post:
    “All in all it was a good year in the garden. Some ups and some downs, but gardening is like life – we have good years and sometimes we have some years that aren’t so great, but life goes on.”

    1. Yes, thanks, May. A big garden is a lot of work, but I do enjoy the bounty…my preference A.
      I am pleased that this article is so useful to demonstrate the concept of marginal utility.

    • Vivian Yao on September 11, 2017 at 8:00 pm
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    Harvest Season!
    I still remember some plants in your garden. Rosemary, sweet basil and asparagus, oh, and the apple tree.
    I am planting in my balcony, the water planting, maybe you can eat some cucumber when you stay in my home next time.

    1. Yes, I remember the tour of my garden when you came to visit.
      Growing plants in water is called hydroponic gardening. It is a great way to conserve space and to grow in a vertical dimension. About 4 years ago, I wrote a short piece talking about the many ways to garden in small spaces. Gardening in small spaces.

    • Judy on September 14, 2017 at 5:08 am
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    Here I must say “our teacher Kevin is a Superman”! You are the ablest person I know. Maintaining a garden is hard work, but you can do such a good job. Congratulations for the good harvest!

    1. Thanks, as always, for your high praise, Judy.
      However, I must tell you that I am surely not “Superman”. Just an ordinary man who enjoys the benefits of delicious, fresh, home=grown foods. It is hard work, but anything worthwhile in life is hard work.
      Follow your dreams and it really doesn’t feel like work.

  1. Look at those photos! Each one displays the veggies’ freshness, healthiness and tastiness. They are the wonderful reward for all your hard work in the past months. Well done! May you have another harvest in autumn!

    1. I must say, that the camera on iPhone really takes nice pics. Clear and colorful.

      The pics are really my end of season harvest and the only things that remain in the garden are some flowers; marigold and nasturtium, the fronds from late summer asparagus and under the nasturtium are leeks for October harvest.

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