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Monday, September 19, 2022

Recipes Inspired By Starting a Garden in My Backyard

 Check out these delicious recipes that will inspire you to start a garden in your backyard. Don't have a garden you can still make these recipes with fresh produce from the grocery store.

 Have you been thinking of growing vegetables in a garden in your backyard? Growing a garden may take some work but reaping the rewards of picking fresh vegetables is so worth the effort. Fresh vegetables taste so good when you grow them yourself. Then when your garden rewards you with a surplus of veggies, you will need some recipes. You will need recipes that were inspired by a garden surplus of vegetables.

Keep reading to discover the amazing recipes for garden vegetables and discover the best place to purchase seeds for a home garden.

 Two years ago if you told me that I needed to start a garden in my backyard, I would have laughed. I live in the desert of the Southwest, where it does not rain that much. The soil in my backyard is sandy and filled with rocks. It took a lockdown from a virus to inspire me to start a swingset garden in the southwest.

 I started out small with my first garden and planted seeds that would grow best in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The vegetable seeds that I planted in my desert garden were beets, spinach, and kale. These vegetables grow best in rocky, sandy soil. I also bought a tomato plant as tomatoes grow best in hot weather. I wanted to grow some other vegetables but garden seeds were hard to find as so many people were gardening in the summer of 2020. 

Where to buy seeds for a home garden

 When most people think of starting a backyard garden, they head to their nearest hardware store to buy garden seeds. The colorful packages of vegetable seeds at the local home stores are plentiful, so you grab all your favorite vegetables that you like to eat. The problem with buying garden seeds from a store that also sells tools and appliances is the lack of seed-growing information. While these seed packages have some information on them, it is not enough to grow a successful garden.

 So I recommend that you buy your garden seeds online from a website that specializes in garden seeds. Along with the ease of buying your garden seeds, you will also get the best gardening advice. I prefer to buy my vegetable seeds online and I discover that Eden Brothers has a huge variety of seeds at affordable prices.

 Selecting the vegetable seeds that are best for your growing zone and things like water needs is very important for the success of growing food. Eden Brothers has all the information you need to select the seeds that will grow in your type of soil and temperature. That way you don't try to grow broccoli in the desert. When you select your seeds from Eden Brothers, you will get information about how to plant the seeds and how much sun is needed for the veggies. 

Buying a greenhouse and other gardening tips

 Before you start a garden, it is good to do some gardening research. Things to consider are where is the best place to start your garden in your backyard and what vegetables you want to grow. Some vegetables are easier to grow while others may not grow in your garden zone area. If you want to start your seeds outside, buying a greenhouse might be a good garden investment. Check out these garden tips and how a greenhouse may help your vegetable plants grow better.

Gardening is great for fresh produce for cooking 

A simple way to decide which vegetables to grow in your garden is through recipes that use garden produce. That way when the vegetables are ready to pick, you will have plenty of ways to cook with vegetables. I included a list of my favorite recipes that use fresh garden produce. Some of the recipes will tell you how to best prepare the garden veggies to save for later recipes. So take a look at the below recipes for inspiration for cooking with produce from your garden.

Carrot recipes

Carrots are a delicious vegetable to grow in your garden. From orange carrots to rainbow carrots, carrots can be enjoyed in many ways. The most common ways to eat carrots are raw or cooked but I have included some unique ways to use the carrots that you grow from your garden.

Roasted Rainbow Carrots

Homemade Carrot Juice 

+ Carrot Waffles

Crunchy Carrot Crackers

+ Spicy Carrot Hummus

Easy Vegetarian Egg Foo Young

Southwestern Style Sushi Burrito

Keto Friendly Pad Thai

Beet recipes

I love growing beets in my garden for many reasons. The beets are so delicious. While you are waiting for the beets to grow in the soil underground, you can eat the beet greens that grow above the ground. Beet greens have a taste similar to spinach but with a touch of sweetness. My favorite way to enjoy beets from the garden is roasted beets.

+ Easy Roasted Beets In The Oven

+ Beet Hummus

+ Beet Powder

Homemade Beet Juice

+ Pressure Cooker Beets

+ Gluten-Free Berry Beet Pancakes

+ Beet Burgers

+ Beet Waffles

Tomato recipes

Tomatoes fresh from the garden taste so much better than the ones you get from the store. While fresh tomatoes taste so good after you pick them, you can only eat so many fresh tomatoes. So what do you do when you have an abundance of tomatoes from your home garden? Sure you could make tomato sauce but that is a lot of work. So instead check out these tomato recipes.

Roasted Tomatoes Made In The Air Fryer

Oven-Dried Roasted Sun Dried Tomatoes

Rosemary and Caramelized Onion Sun Dried Tomato Focaccia

Brussels Sprouts recipes

While I have never grown Brussels Sprouts in my garden, as they don't grow well in my garden zone. I love the taste of fresh Brussels Sprouts, especially when they are roasted in the oven. You need to check out these two delicious ways to roast Brussels Sprouts in the oven.

Roasted Rainbow Brussels Sprouts

Maple-Roasted Brussels Sprouts With Pumpkin Seeds

Pepper recipes 

 Peppers from the garden can be enjoyed raw but they can also be enjoyed cooked in many recipes that use peppers. If your garden blesses you with an abundance of bell peppers, I included a recipe for air frying vegetables. After air frying the veggies, you can then store them in the freezer to use later.

Roasted Red Pepper Eggs Skillet Dish

Air Fryer Vegetables

A fun way to use vegetables from your garden

The best way to enjoy the vegetables that you grew in your home garden is to make food art. Start with some homemade pizza dough and then have fun decorating the dough with the fresh veggies. I remember the first time I made Focaccia Bread Flowers and it was so fun using the different colors of vegetables to make flowers on the pizza dough. The best part came after the bread dough art was baked in the oven and I got to enjoy eating my masterpiece. Get the Focaccia Bread Flower recipe and have fun creating your vegetable art.

Start planning your garden

 So now that you have discovered some delicious recipes, it is time to order your garden seeds. I know that the weather is getting colder and planting a garden is not ideal but this is the perfect time to start your garden research. While you are waiting for spring, you can also order some seeds to plant herbs inside. A kitchen herb garden can be grown inside in planters near your windows. Check out the selection of herb seeds at Eden Brothers. My favorite herbs to grow inside are basil and sage.


Monica Simpson said...

We bought a small greenhouse that we want to try and use to grow plants from seed. We also need to move our box garden to a much sunnier spot in our yard.

AiringMyLaundry said...

My stomach growled. All your recipes sound incredible! I just wish I could grow stuff.

Renee said...

I will have to try several of these recipes with the veggies from our garden.

Tasheena said...

Looking forward to trying some of these recipes with some of the veggies from my garden.

Richelle Milar said...

Wow! These are all really great looking recipes! My family would love these for sure!

Rose Ann Saless said...

I would really love to try some of these recipes! These looks absolutely delicious and tasty!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing all the recipes. It's making me hungry just thinking about those dishes. -LYNNDEE

Beautiful Touches said...

The roasted rainbow carrots and the carrot hummus looked like something I'd like to try out!

Gervin Khan said...

Wow! These recipes looks absolutely delicious! Great variety of recipe plus it's a healthy too.

Gust si Aroma said...

It's so awesome to have the possibility to cook with ingredients from your garden!

Heather said...

yum! These recipes sound delicious. And congrats on a successful garden this year. I didn't plant anything this year and I sure did miss it. Nothing like homegrown cherry tomatoes!

Marysa said...

What a fun idea! It is nice to have some recipes ready to go for garden veggies, especially when you end up with an abundance of certain things.

Christy G said...

I really wish that I could have a garden. Our city calls it farming and the landlord also says I can't. I can do planter garden but that limits a ton of options that I would have to grow food.

Anonymous said...

We have beautiful backyard gardens in our India homes but here in the UK, we don't have any space! I love growing veggies and flowers 🌺 . Thanks for the recipes, will try some 🙂

Everything Enchanting ❤️

Anonymous said...

Al, of these meals look sop yummy! I especially love then be at the top....do satisfying and yummy!

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