The Backyard That Keeps on Giving

Laine Bergeson’s abundant backyard garden woes.

A bunch of freshly grown carrots are shown.

File this under the kind of problem you want to have.

I love to garden. The only problem is that everything is ready all at once. I can eat about two lemon cucumbers a day, but one day last week we pulled 18 ripe cucumbers off the vine and we’ve had more every day!

Meanwhile our tomatoes are going wild. I took a (bad) photo of them just now and I wedged myself in the corner so you can get a relative sense of how tall they are. I’m 5’3″ and not crouching down. The fence behind me is six feet. As you can see, some of the tomatoes are six inches past the fence! When they all start to ripen in about a week, I don’t know what we’ll do with all of them. Really, you can only eat so much salsa.

I’d love suggestions on what other gardeners do with their bounty. So far I’ve added the tomatoes to dahl, roasted them to make tomato chips, and made salsa. I’ve been eating my cucumbers in smoothies and cucumber sandwiches (because I’m really an eighty-year-old English woman). But now I’m at a loss. Please send help! Or recipes!

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