July 12, 2011

A garden tour and corn/avocado salad

Shall we take a stroll to our vegetable garden? I love this shot of Josie's boots and well-worn gardening pants.

If you talk a short walk behind the treehouse and through the woods, you'll find a sunny patch of land. This is where we have our vegetable garden.

A few weeks ago, Chris had to rebuild most of the garden fencing and clear out several downed trees from the big storm. Luckily, most of the damage didn't effect the vegetable plants or his precious new garden gate.

If we didn't have very TALL fencing and a lockable garden gate, the deer and rabbits behind our property would turn our garden into a salad bar.

We are still a few weeks out from harvesting anything substantial, but I recently put together a corn/avocado salad based on a Martha Stewart recipe that I thought you might enjoy. I used fresh cilantro from our herb container garden and added grilled pork loin. YUMMY!!

Heat grill to medium-high. Grill 4 shucked ears of corn, rotating often, until lightly charred (about 15 minutes). Let cool slightly. Carefully, cut kernels from cob. Gently toss with 1 sliced avocado (I used two because we love them so much), 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice, 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil, and 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt. The girls enjoyed putting their salad mixture in warm tortilla shells with a bit of low-fat sour cream.

Happy Summer!
How are your gardens growing?


KJ@letsgoflyakite said...

You have such a lovely yard- I am so envious of that fenced in veggie garden! You summer salad looks yummy, we eat many avocados in our household, this will be a perfect addition.

Jodee said...

Oh my! Your garden looks FABULOUS! Everything tastes better with fresh veggies!

vivian said...

mmmm! yummy! I havent been cooking in days, we had a grad party sat, sunday was the beach plus my kitchen floor isnt done, last night I ordered pizza.. tonight, will just be sandwhiches, till my floor is finished I wont cook. hopefully tomorrow night!
Love your garden fence. I have plenty of space for a garden, but I dont really like doing it. maybe next year. Ive thought about putting in a raised bed and growing some tomatos and peppers.. ehh.. well see!
have a great day Kim
ps hey! what happen to the WHAT post? google reader listed it but none to be found. must have deleted something?

birdie blue said...

love your magical secret garden, kim. can't wait to see what, i'm sure, will be a bountiful harvest.

did the storm yesterday cause much damage? we lost a huge healthy tree in the front. so sad to see it go.


Courtney said...

Oh that looks so yummy. No garden for me, I just visit our local farmers market.

Pam said...

What a cute garden. I'm determined to do a real garden next year. It tastes so much better when you grow it yourself.

Diann said...

Your garden looks wonderful Kim! And that salad looks perfect! I will definitely be making it soon!

Lee said...

Yum! Sounds so good!
We came home to find some of the hostas up next to the house nibbled down to nothing....darn deer!
Your garden looks great-did yesterday's storm yield much damage?
Thanks for sharing!

My Vintage Mending said...

Only you would have such a garden complete with Peter Rabbit. How cute! Look at that gate...again I am going to remark to Michael how great it looks. I bet Josie is in heaven. My kids love to garden and will eat anything that comes out of it except the bugs...smiles...Renee

Michelle @ Dream Home DIY said...

Hahaha, the bunny shot is awesome :) All comfy and lounging LOL

Janet said...

How wonderful to have your very own vegetable garden! I love the idea of having an herb container garden, as well! I've been wanting to do that, too! Thanks for the inspiration!

Joanna B said...

Your garden is so perfect, you really live in a beautiful setting!

GardenofDaisies (Gayle) said...

I love how much green space you have! Your little garden buddy looks to be having a good time. I really like the way you have all your favorite herbs together in one big galvanized pot. The salad/tortilla sounds delicious. I love avocado too.
We are having a summer lightening and hail storm at the moment, and I hope not too much damage is being done out there.

Heather said...

I just love grilled corn and lime together! Will definitely have to give this recipe a try!

Cindy said...

I love the lime favoring in the summertime on veggies and chicken. Tori and I are enjoying our little herb boxes, and my family has enjoyed the benefits from it. Maybe one of these days, we can try our hand at veggie gardening. (I grew up helping with gardening, and with this heat and my age, I don't think it would be extremely enjoyable.)

Still having a great time!
Happy Wednesday,

Anita said...

WOW!! I can't believe how GREEN your garden is and all the plants! Everything here is dead and brown. I miss green I must say. ;) Enjoy all the goodies coming out of it this summer for us!!