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The only good thing about getting sick is that I end up making a big pot of soup. I got knocked down last week with a horrible cold and the worse cough ever. Soup time! My husband has been asking for a good pot of vegetable soup, and I thought, why not.

I had all the fixings and figured it should be easy. Chop chop… everything went into the pot. Even had a small head of cabbage. Finally, it was time to eat, and hubby dished it up. Looking confused, he said, “where is the MEAT?” “What?” I said. “It’s vegetable soup. That is what you asked for. Not vegetable beef soup.”

Really it is terrible to question a cook that does not feel so hot. It must have been good since he had 3 bowls full. But there was so much left, and we had a brainstorm. Add crab meat and some Old Bay and instant Crab Soup. Delicious! At this point, you’re asking yourself what is up with all this soup and such.

The point is, I had so much saved that I had purchased from the farmer’s markets that I had everything I needed. The unfortunate thing is we did not put in a garden last Spring. Too much going on, and we decided not to have one. Boy, did we ever miss it.

It is amazing how much you can freeze for the year when you grow your own. Plus, I know just what those tiny vegetable plants have been through in my own garden. So the plan is on for next Spring to have our vegetable garden back since it looks like I will have more time. But I am thinking of raised garden beds.

Scrolling through the world wide web, I stumbled across a photo of exactly what I want. Then I saw the price! Over $2,000.00! But I have a husband who built a chicken coop, I am sure he can build this too. And then I will be back in business without the bunnies and deer nibbling. Wish me luck on getting this made. He will more than likely roll his eyes and say we don’t need all of that.

Take care and stay healthy,

Stephanie Fleming; Beyond Behnke’s

PS: Click on the soup photo for the recipe and the raised bed if you want to see more about it on our Pinterest Boards

Raised garden beds

Stephanie Fleming was raised at Behnke’s Nurseries in Beltsville. Her Mom, Sonja, was one of Albert & Rose Behnke’s four children. She was weeding from the moment she could walk and hiding as soon as she was old enough to run, so many weeds, so little time. Although she quickly learned how to pull out a perennial and get taken off of weed pulling duty.

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