It's pouring outside, and while that means we've been cooped up for most of the day, there is something wonderful and refreshing about those droplets. My garden certainly appreciates it - the water and the way the rain gives us a little break from those high temperatures. We haven't had much rain this year, so I do get a little excited when I hear that familiar pitter patter.
The cucumber plant I started as a seedling back in March has not survived this summer. This one I started as a seed in the ground and while it hadn't grown much at all through July, it is coming to life now.
For the first time in three years there is a zucchini growing in my garden. It's only one and it is tiny, but it is there!
The strawberries are starting up again after taking a break through July.
These little guys are back out too.
Of course, after writing this post about rain the sun has decided to break through, but not before I used our time inside to try out a new recipe.
I only got one cucumber from the garden this year, so at the Wednesday Farmer's Market I picked up a basket of Ontario Cukes. They have been wonderful in salads, but I used a few to try to make pickles on my own. I have been on a big pickle kick lately (maybe due to some of those synthetic hormones..you know what they say about pregnant ladies and pickles) I used a very basic recipe and will play around with spices in future batches based on the results. I know Jer loves garlic pickles, so that will be one I have to try next time.
They need to sit in the fridge overnight, but I cannot wait to try them tomorrow!