5th Garden Update 2019

One of our yellow cherry tomatoes is ripening. It’s one of the vines we’re growing in a container on the back porch.
The tomatoes in the garden have babes on the vine, so hopefully we’ll have a few big tomatoes too.
Our chard is beautiful and delicious.
The onion bulbs are getting larger.
The squash and cucumbers vines are starting to bloom.
Something has been eating on the bean vines.
We found a baby bean on one of the luckier bean vines.
Our potato plants are big and healthy and new potatoes are cracking the ground at their base.
Last but not least our peppers are starting to produce. These are orange peppers and will take a many weeks to ripen fully… although they are quite edible at any stage of the growing/ripening time.
So despite our region having hot dry weather, our garden is doing well.
I hope all your gardens are productive.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!

 

3rd Garden Update of 2019

The weather has been cold and hot and cold and hot and no wonder they call this time of year “pneumonia weather”. The sun makes it’s appearance from time-to-time, not too much time mind-you, it wouldn’t want us to get spoiled to enjoying it. Last frost it still some weeks away, so up and down the temperatures will continue to go.

We have a couple things making their appearance in the garden. The onions and radishes are always eager to be the first to start the season.

Even though our small garden looks sparse and sad, we know it won’t be too many weeks until it’ll start looking more greener and hopefully promising a harvest of vegetables.

Have a wonderful rest of the week!

 

 

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Peaches & Cream Corn – Harvest & Freezing

0-20160807_093914We had a busy Sunday morning. We went to the garden and harvested about 4 dozen ears of Peaches & Cream Sweet corn.

Working together, it didn’t take long to have the corn shucked, cleaned, blanched, cooled, packaged and in the freezer. We have a dozen bags of corn put up and ready for future meals.

Here’s Wishing for all your harvests to be bountiful!02freezingcorn

*We used this method for preparing and freezing our corn:
How to freeze corn – pickyourown.org

*Related post from 7-14-2014 Mostly Corny Post

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Bumblebee, Basil, Carrots, Corn & June Bugs

P1040328I noticed a bumblebee has taken a liking to my basil. I bet if it made honey, it’d be a mighty interesting flavor; sweet basil, cinnamon basil and lemon basil
P1040421My basil grew so tall that I had to transplant them into 5 gallon buckets. It’s interesting how much shorter the lemon basil is than the other two.
The sweet basil and cinnamon basil are my favorite. To me, the Lemon Basil smells like a cheap perfumed dishwashing liquid.
When a breeze crosses my porch the basils wonderful mingled aroma wafts through.

P1040587The mixed color carrots has mostly produced oodles of white carrots. I picked several carrots and had a few of other colors.  The color ones have more of a carroty taste than the white ones. They all have an edge of hot taste like radishes.
*I’m glad we grew and tried them to see what they taste like.
**In my opinion, for the taste, a normal orange carrot is the best bet to grow.
purplecarrotsThe purple carrots were a fun surprise. They’re orange on the inside. I chuckled when I saw it. 😀

P1040531My husband noticed this weird looking ear of corn growing in the top of a tassel with 3 june bugs feeding on it. P1040530There’s several stalks with weird little corn ears growing high up on the stalks. We’ve never seen corn grow like this. The little ears don’t look fit to eat, so we’ll leave them for the critters.P1040532

P1040545We harvested a few ears of sweet corn to have for supper. Homegrown fresh corn on the cob is mighty tasty and a dandy of a way to top off the season.P1040613

P1040569My husband picked a few ears of the ornamental corn for me to take a photo of. The ornamental corn is maturing nicely and the kernels are getting really tough. We grew the ornamental corn mainly for the wildlife, but I plan to use some for crafts and also for decoration.

P1040523My garden is about all gone now. It’s a bittersweet joy to see the end of the season. We’re already planning for next years garden.

P1040582aThis will be the last harvest of such a mixed variety of veggies now that the main parts of the garden are done.
P1040582In the red container is my rosemary that I posted about earlier this season. I stopped using the netting because the wind kept knocking it over. Rosemary does great outdoors and uncovered. I discovered something about this rosemary. It doesn’t grow any larger than the container. I clip it, use it, it grows back to the same size.
My rosemary out in the herb garden has about doubled in size. So maybe rosemary grows to the size or space available.
I think that’s pretty neat.

Happy August 1st everyone. I hope you have a pleasant month filled with some nice cool breezes breaking up the heat of these sweltering days.

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First Tomato 2015

IMG_3214I harvested our first tomato of the year. It was beautiful and delicious. IMG_3300This will probably be the last pretty one we get because the deer are pretty well keeping the redding tomatoes eaten. This tomato was hidden on the vine behind a some green ones.

The resident doe has recently had a fawn. She’s got a huge appetite now that she’s nursing.
My husband saw the fawn the other day he said it was as tiny as Shelibean. Aw, it sounded so cute.  Hopefully, it’ll come out when I’m outside and I can get a photo of it to share on my blog.

Happy Gardening!
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