This past year, I decided that I wanted to start my own garden. As a young girl, my summers were always filled with fresh grown veggies from my dad’s garden, and I was always amazed at just how much better they tasted. So fresh and flavorful. The best part was, I didn’t have to do any of the work to enjoy them (well, except for those few times where my best friend and I would go in and pick the carrots and onions way before they were even ready – oops). Now that I’ve been in my own home for almost four years, I figured it was about time to give the ‘ol gardening thing a try. If you already know me, then you’d also know that my “green” thumb has always been a bit closer to being black. My ability to grow and maintain plants has not been a strong suit. Despite my horrible track record, I decided to throw caution to the wind and give it a go. (Click to keep reading!)
With the help of my dad, the gardening pro, and my husband, we quickly had ourselves a pretty great little garden. I had no idea what to expect, but I figured it was better than nothing. In the past couple of weeks, I have watched in amazement at just how fast my garden is growing. The funny thing is, I’ve maintained it with a pretty “bare bones” approach: Water it when I remember and weed it when I feel like it. Like I said...I'm no green thumb! But all of a sudden, my little zucchini and squash plants have grown from this... To THIS... Now granted, it’s not the prettiest garden you’ll ever see, but my goodness do I have some delicious-looking veggies coming from it. Most recently, my zucchini and yellow squash has been out of control. Not only are they multiplying at an enormous rate, but the things are enormous! Needless to say, I’ve had to figure out a few ways to use up some of my zucchini before it goes bad. So just in case there’s anyone out there in a similar boat as me (aka, with zucchini up to your eyeballs) here are three delicious, healthy recipes to help you out with your stash:
Zucchini Banana Chocolate Chip Bread Enjoy! --- Courtney Horan, 28, is a personal trainer in Troy, New York, and blogs about her workouts, recipes, and more at Sweet Tooth Sweet Life. You can follow her on Twitter at @sweettoothcourt or on Facebook at /sweettoothsweetlife.