Since we are now here in Paris, we had to leave our vegetable garden behind, untended and even unwatered. We considered putting a watering system on the vegetable garden but with the high cost of water in Provence and the fact that the garden is just about finished for the season, we decided against it. I’m wondering what, if anything, will be left when we get back. There were some green tomatoes that weren’t ready when we left. I assume some birds will get a treat.
I’ve decided that next summer I will not replant eggplant or carrots. I find I just don’t use that much eggplant. I love ratatouille but I can’t eat that much of it. I made a huge dish of it for Maurice and I, froze alot of it, and we still haven’t finished it. Zucchini can be cooked in many more different ways so I will replant that vegetable. I love carrots but, man, are they alot of work. After pulling them up, I have to wash them outside to get all of the dirt off that I can, then wash them with a scrub brush at the sink to get off smaller amounts of dirt in the little crevices, then peel them, cut them up and cook them. For just one pan of cooked carrots it took me almost 2 hours. They were good-I cooked them in a little water, butter, a teaspoon of sugar to bring out the sweetness, and salt and pepper-but very labor intensive. I think I will just buy them all ready to go at the store next time.
Next season I want to plant some asparagus and artichokes. Maybe I will try onions and garlic as well. In all, the garden was alot of work, but well worth it