The winter has been a little longer and colder which means my vegetable garden has been producing very slowly. This is my first winter garden and it seems to be going ok. Lessons I have learned:
- My swiss chard did not survive as something ate that – not sure what. So, next time I may have to place little wire cages around them
- Next year, I will invest in some recycled windows to create a cover so I have a mini hot house
Two surprising things happened with this crop:
- My plants survived the snow and ice. I will definitely get a crop of broccoli, cauliflower, carrots and cabbage (respectively in photo’s below)….and a little bit of spinach.
- And my parsley which had died out came back to life and is flourishing.
In the meantime, waiting for this crop to grow, we are buying our veggies (still within the $70 budget). Here is our meal plan for this week – it will be similar to last week (its better not to even talk about it :-)). I have decided to cook most of the meals in the weekend to see if that it is easier to stick with the plan.
|Saturday||^Breakfast Sandwich||Creamy Vegetable Shepherd’s Pie (thanks to Kristel’s list and links)|
|Sunday||Bircher Muesli (with soy)||Chicken and Vegetable Cacciatore + Quinoa or Wheat berries||3-4 Mile Walk|
|Monday||Bircher Muesli (with soy)||Vegetable Frittata|
|Tuesday||Whole Grain Cereal+Soy||Vegetable Soup (Slow Cooked)||3-4 Mile Walk|
|Wednesday||Oatmeal with Banana and Almond butter||^Pizza @ zPizza (love the options at this place)|
|Thursday||Whole Grain Cereal + Soy||Slow-Cooked Indian Dal|
|Friday||Smoothie||Vegetable Pasta Bake + Quinoa Pasta||3-4 Mile Walk|
^ indicates my splurge for the week