July: Burpee Summer Herb & Veggie Garden Update!

Here's a Burpee summer herb and vegetable garden update for July! So far, it's doing really well...

We had some really dry and hot weather so our plants took a beating. Our crazy schedules didn't help either but now that our schedules have been a bit more normal, we're working on a more consistent watering pattern. I also have added a few more potted herbs to accompany the few Burpee ones we have growing too. Our chives have been really strong as is our thyme, mint, rosemary, basil and oregano!

We had some issues with some bugs nibbling on our pepper plants, which is why they have been slow going but we did have 2 jalapeno gigante peppers we had to pick as they were tucked under and overripe. Alas, it doesn't look like my peppers are going to live up as well as I hoped. If you have any tips or tricks for possibly salvaging them, please let me know!

On the bright side, our tomatoes are certainly showing lots of promise and we're looking forward to the bounty in store from the three tomato plants we have.

Since our herbs are doing great, we've been enjoying the use of fresh herbs in recipes lately. Here is a recent recipe we've used the fresh thyme from our garden...

Lemon Thyme Waffles

·         3 cups Krusteaz Belgian Waffle Mix
·         1 1/2 water
·         2 eggs
·         1/3 cup vegetable oil
·         1 tablespoon fresh lemon zest
·         1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
·         1/4 cup chopped fresh thyme
·         1/4 cup chopped fresh strawberries (optional)
·         1/4 cup whipped cream (optional)
·         whipped cream, butter and maple syrup (for serving)

Heat waffle iron per manufacturer's instructions. Spray with cooking spray.

In a large bowl, whisk together waffle mix, water, eggs, oil, lemon zest, lemon juice and parsley until fully combined. Set aside for 2-3 minutes while waffle iron heats up. 

When waffle iron is ready, pour 1/4 - 2/3 cup (depending on your waffle iron) of batter onto waffle iron. 

Allow waffles to cook 3-5 minutes or until golden brown (or based on your manufacturer's cooking instructions).

Serve with fresh strawberries and whipped cream on top along with maple syrup and butter if desired.

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