We’ve been talking a lot about gardening and food these past few weeks, but can you blame us? Your customized Keystone home will not only feature interior accents and amenities custom-tuned to your exact liking, but you also have the chance to create your perfect space outdoors. And we feel that every yard or patio needs a little bit of a vegetable garden for that extra special something. The Piedmont-Triad is temperate and is amenable to growing just about anything you’d want to grow!
So whether you’re going to get a small tomato pot, a corner planter on your deck, or a massive set of raised beds, you’ll want to make sure you know where your bounty is going when the harvest time comes. Here’s some hints from us here at Keystone Homes!
What You’ll Want Grow: Tomatoes, Cliantro, Jalapeños
If it wasn’t for okra, tomatoes would be the easiest plant to grow in the Piedmont-Triad! Hot peppers come in third place, meaning salsa is one of the easiest recipes you can make where most of the ingredients come from your own little garden. Roasting the veggies in the oven gives them a nice rich char flavor, but consider using a wood fire or grill for some intense smokiness!
What You’ll Want to Grow: Zucchini, Straight-Neck Summer Squash, Thyme, Parsley
Plant a zucchini plant and you’ll have all the zucchini you’ll need for the summer. Plant two, and you might just get sick of it! That is, of course, unless you have a recipe as delicious and easy as this one. Accentuate the thick meatiness of zucchini with some more tender summer squash and you’ll get a wonderful texture that you won’t believe you’d find in a side dish. Though this recipe stands well on its own, if your herb garden is flush, you can’t go amiss with some fresh thyme mixed in with the sauce or some chopped parsley with the bread crumbs.
What You’ll Want to Grow: Okra, Tomatoes
Make sure you follow the prep and cooking instructions on this one, unless you’re a big fan of okra’s natural sliminess! This technique will allow you to pull out all of okra’s earthy flavor and eliminate the sliminess which many folk find unappetizing. The high cooking heat will also help when you fry up the spices: don’t skip this technique either! Proper spice-handling is the key to delicious curries.
What You’ll Want to Grow: Cucumbers, Dill
This sauce is so fresh and vibrant you’ll want to slather it on everything! Well, not everything. I suggest you put it on grilled souvlaki, grilled squash, and toasted pitas, but leave it off of your morning oatmeal. The secret to this recipe is grating and draining the cucumber overnight so that your sauce isn’t watered down by the cucumbers’ juices. The overnight wait time is important to help meld the flavors of the ingredients, but if you’re pressed for time, add 1 tsp of salt to the grated cucumber, let it sit for 20 minutes, then squeeze the water out gently by wrapping the cucumber in a tea towel and squeezing.