This year has been by far the best garden I have ever enjoyed. It has not been the easiest. Gene and I have worked very hard to plant new ground, amend soil properly, build almost two cubic yards of compost and even hand pick squash bugs and other pests. Our reward has been likely the best eating either of us has experienced and a great healthful hobby.
Pest control has been limited to discretionary diatomaceous earth, some insecticidal soap and hours of hand picking pests. Our reward has been a visible increase in the bee population and an overall decrease in pests. I plan on ditching the insecticidal soap when this bottle is gone.
A word about DE or diatomaceous earth – it kills ALL bugs. Be specific with it. We very carefully sprinkle it around the base only of squash to kill squash bugs. Keep it away from the flowers or it will kill your bees.
Garbanzo Bean Salad
4 C prepared garbanzo beans, drained
1/2 onion sliced thin or chopped
3-4 cloves garlic, minced
4 T fresh basil, minced
4 T fresh parsley, minced
4 T olive oil
4 T lemon juice
1/2 C parmesan cheese
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes, opt.
salt and pepper to taste
Mix all ingredients together in a bowl, cover and refrigerate for a few hours or overnight.
This is a highly flavored main dish/salad that is one of our summer favorites. Serve with a hot slab of garlic toast and sliced fresh veggies for a complete meal. We follow it up with a bowl of thawed or fresh fruit topped with yogurt.
What is your favorite summer dish?