Garden Fresh Summer Recipes

As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, we earn from qualifying purchases.

These Garden Fresh Summer Recipes use vegetables (and fruits) that many of us often grow each summer, but the recipes are perfect for your table all year round. From fresh salads to yummy desserts, summer vegetables are the perfect ingredient in so many dishes.

These Garden Fresh Summer Recipes use vegetables (and fruits) that many of us often grow each summer, but the recipes are perfect for your table all year round. From fresh salads to yummy desserts, summer vegetables are the perfect ingredient in so many dishes.

We love taking advantage of fresh local fruits and vegetables that we either grow ourselves or pick up from the local farm stands or the grocery store. We even try and freeze or can as much as possible so we can enjoy them throughout the year!

Gardening versus Farming

Growing a garden is hard work and, honestly, we usually look to our dad to put out the garden at our family’s farm where Barbara and her husband live today. However our dad is a farmer and the garden comes second to getting the rest of our crops – corn and soybeans – in the ground. So this year, our garden is a bit behind…

Garden in its early stages with plants protected by field tile cut into small containers.

However, we’ll get a few more seeds or plants in the ground soon once they wrap up the rest of the field work. It’s interesting to consider the similarities and differences between raising a garden in your backyard and raising a crop in a large farm field.

The planning (our friend Stacy over at The Backroad Life shares how she plans her garden) and the worrying are the same, but maintaining them differ quite a bit. For instance, you plant your garden by hand, maybe with the help of a spade and a hoe. For our fields, we have tractors pulling planters to get the seed in the ground.

Controlling Weeds

Another area they differ greatly is in how to manage the weeds and pests that can easily overtake and ruin a crop. In a garden, you can typically hand-weed it and keep the weeds from taking over. Sometimes, people use mulch to fill in the space between rows to suppress weeds.

Our fields are too large to hand weed (though I do have memories of being out in a soybean field pulling weeds as a young teenager). We do use different conservation tillage methods – like no-till (see this post for more) – that do help keep the weeds at bay during the winter when there is no crops in the field.

Right now the soybeans and corn are quite small as are any weeds in the fields. Before the crops grow and and fill in the space between the rows, weeds have a chance to take over the field and rob the corn and soybeans of space, water, nutrients and sunlight that they need. That’s why we use herbicides at the right time to control the weeds.

Young soybeans in a photo on the left planted in corn stalks. Young corn in a field in the photo on the right.

Watch for Pests!

Once the plants are large enough to fill in the canopy, it makes it harder for weeds to grow with the lack of sunlight but that doesn’t mean the worrying is over! Have you ever had a wonderful looking row of green beans or a zucchini plant that is just blooming and all of a sudden bam…insects take over or a disease causes all of your zucchini blooms to wilt and die.

This can happen in our farm fields too. Just as we have different options to control pests in the garden, we sometimes have to use an insecticide to control bugs or a fungicide to fight a disease in our corn and soybeans. We try really hard not to have to use these unless the damage reaches a point where our crops are threatened to a point of losing enough yield to be really damaging.

Have questions about how we control weeds, insects and disease in our fields? Please leave a comment or send us an email and we’ll be happy to answer your questions (or ask our dad)!

Summer Veggie Recipes

Now, back to what Barbara and I know more about…recipes and food! All of this talk about gardens and farm fields has gotten us in the mood to share some of our favorite summer recipes! We pulled together some of our favorite recipes to make using vegetables from the garden and got a few more from some of our farming friends.

Pin This Post for All of the Recipes

These Garden Fresh Summer Recipes use vegetables (and fruits) that many of us often grow each summer, but the recipes are perfect for your table all year round. From fresh salads to yummy desserts, summer vegetables are the perfect ingredient in so many dishes.

Green Bean Recipes

Zucchini Recipes

Sweet Corn Recipes

Cabbage Recipes

Garden Salad Recipes

Other Garden Vegetable Recipes

Garden Fresh Desserts

We hope you enjoy all of these wonderful garden fresh recipes featuring vegetables and fruits we grow in our garden (or at least in our yard)!

This post was sponsored by The Glass Barn presented by Indiana soybean farmers. All opinions are our own.

Similar Posts

One Comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *