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One of the many things that I am looking forward to when we build our new house is the fact that we get to start a backyard garden. Where we are now has plenty of space, but the way that our house faces wouldn’t prove to be beneficial for the plants. It’s a real bummer. However, because I’m not very confident in my gardening abilities as of yet, so I’m going to go ahead and leave all the scientific portion to Miracle Gro and their new Gro-ables for now. That way, I won’t be embarrassed at my outcome. It will also help with being able to grow the vegetables and herbs that I use so often in cooling IN this house that we’re living in until I do get my home garden.
Gro-ables are prepackaged seed pods that are guaranteed to grow if you follow directions. I’m good at following directions, I was in the Navy, see? I also know that growing indoors will keep the squirrels and other city “wildlife” from eating my plants, since it will be my first forage into obtaining my green thumb.
Let’s also just point out that while I WILL indeed grow a garden in our new home, my attention span for things these days is almost caput, and if something can make it easy enough for me to give the appearance of having LOTS of time to grow my own food, then I’m all for it. Plus, I’m definitely going to find a way to swing this into a homeschool science unit.
What I really want to do with the bounty that I grow, is make a a pasta sauce from scratch with the fresh ingredients that I pull from my own plants. Tomatos and basil simmered on top of a stove and then canned for later use. The recipe has been sitting and waiting for a time such as this. I have great visions of me lovingly chopping up tomatoes and dropping full basil leaves into a huge pot of savory, garlicy pasta sauce for days.
The Miracle Gro Groables retail from $1.29 – $1.49 depending on your market area and would be a great addition to apartment garden enthusiasts. They come in Spinach, Sweet Pepper, Tomato, and Basil pods, and make it easy for you to have that garden year round. NO EXCUSES! Why not grow something in the winter time too? Share the harvest time with all of the children!
Just so you know, I can’t wait to pull a tomato off of a vine when I want a fresh salad instead of having to get into the car to go and purchase some from my local grocery store.
Until then, here’s that pasta sauce recipe that I plan on using, and I’ll definitely do an update to let you know how it turned out!
In a large pot, sautee the onion and garlic, over medium heat until the onion is translucent. Add in the rest of the ingredients and bring the pot to a low boil. You can use immediately, or can (pressure canning is necessary because of the acid of the tomatoes.)
While I’m not a chef by any means, I can almost smell this wonderful sauce, and I’m dreaming about all of the pasta combinations I can put it over. What about you? Hit me with your best pasta sauce creation, AND let me know if you use fresh ingredients in them! Until next time
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 large sweet onion or 1 small yellow onion, diced
- 8 large garlic cloves, minced
- 12 large tomatoes, seeded and diced
- 1 cup fresh basil leaves, minced
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon salt, to taste
- Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 3 cups sliced mushrooms (I like chunky sauce)
- 1 teaspoon of sugar (to cut acidity)