Summertime is such a busy but fun time of the year.
It’s so nice to be outside, breathing the fresh air, and spending more time with family and friends. I enjoy watching my son’s baseball games and running around to various activities with my kids. My son and daughter both play tennis and my daughter recently joined the swim team at Lifetime Fitness in White Bear Lake. She absolutely loves it!
During the spring and summer months, I also enjoy tending to my gardens. I have a garden plot at the Community Garden in North Oaks. It’s always fun to meet the other gardeners and to try growing different things each year. I have to admit that one of my obsessions is growing Brussels sprouts.
The first year I had my garden plot, which was many years ago, I tried growing Brussels sprouts. They were absolutely fabulous! I had so many Brussels sprouts from four plants that I ended up giving some of them away. So, the next year when I planted them again, I assumed that Brussels sprouts were an easy vegetable to grow. Not true. I have been trying to replicate the success I had the first year ever since. Not to say it’s been all my fault. One year mice decided to build their den underneath my plants and another year the excessive rains drowned them out shortly after planting them. It seems that much of their success is dependent on the weather and factors that are out of my control. I have done some reading on companion planting and vegetable gardening and have made some adjustments with mixed results.
This year as of the end of June, I now only have two of the four plants remaining. The survivors look very healthy, so I am hopeful. In my mind, persistence will ultimately pay off in the end if you really want something. At least that is what I tell my kids as they are growing up and face different challenges in their lives.
Here’s a link to one of my favorite recipes for Brussels sprouts from epicurious.com. In the recipe you can substitute bacon for pancetta. Bon Appetit!