Tuesday, June 2, 2009

I found this pretty eggplant hiding behind a post and some leaves yesterday. I was out collecting tomatoes for my salad, nice surprise. It was added to the evening's menu and eaten last night as curry eggplant, yumm!

These will take a while to put up. Pumpkins keep a long time in a dark cool place; so, we're set till Fall and hopefully another harvest. This was my first attempt at the Cinderella Pumpkin. I love the color and shape of these, but flavorwise the calabaza is far better.

A few of the tomatoes and red peppers harvested for dinner: tomato, mozzarella and basil salad; peppers & steak.


Monday, May 11, 2009

Elderberry Flowers

Elderberry flowers growing in clusters in our yard and all over town by the side of roads. I'll be harvesting the berries for tincture and wine.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

pickling day

One of my Rouge vif d'Etampes (cinderella) pumpkins which I love to see every morning and can't wait to try. :) We have five or six of these growing on the vines.
Two Charentais melons... Now I wish I'd planted more. This is another first in our garden. I was hesitant to plant too many in case they didn't do well in our Florida soil/weather. They are looking just fine, and I can't wait to try them. If they taste as good as they look... watch out! We'll have buckets of these next Fall.
Early morning corn shower.
Today's cucumber harvest.
It's looking like a pickling kinda day. Last week we had more than twice this many cucumbers and pickled over two gallons of them, ate cucumber salads, relish... and gave away some too. I used four different cucumber pickle recipes, hopefully we'll all agree on the same favorite. ;)

Thursday, April 23, 2009

zukes & cukes

xgarden4 These are only a few of the cucumbers I dared collect this afternoon. The buzzing was so loud in the cucumber patch, I didn't want disturb the bees that were working on the flowers sitting next to any ripe ones... It looks like the effort I made this winter to keep the bees happy is paying off, but I'll have to harvest early in the morning before the they are up and about.
xgarden1Cukes & zukes - part of today's harvest. Sadly, in the background grows my only dill plant. I've been using it so much, it doesn't have a chance to grow too big. I love dill in cucumber salad, so that's something I'll be planting lots more of next season. xgarden6On Saturday, Don set up a bunch of t-frames to support vines and climbers this Spring.
xgarden2 Water break... It's getting hot already.
xgarden3 This is one of the last broccoli plants left from our winter garden. We didn't clear out some of the broccoli, kale, and bok choi, but let them go to flower for the bees hoping they would stick around and multiply around our garden. It worked!
xgarden5Free potato planters... Our Spring '09 experiment.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Is it April already?

In the blink of an eye I've found myself almost one fourth of the way through the year! Most of our Spring garden was planted last month. We are still waiting on our sweet potato slips which are due to arrive the first week of May. That and okra will be most of our Summer crop this year. I have three beds of tomatoes, corn, pumpkins, squash, cucumbers, melon, and the hydroponics planted at this point. The battle goes on against pests. They are out in full force now that the weather has warmed up. We had much needed rain two days ago, and everything looks much greener now. The two killer frosts this winter, with lows in the 20s, left the entire property looking dry and ugly this winter. We lost our mango tree and all the papaya bushes that were growing so beautifully last Fall. Thankfully, the avocadoes are back and so is the beautiful Brugmansia Gabi gave me for my birthday last year, which was burned to the ground by frost. My meadow area is now beginning to grow. I spread wild flower seeds there last Fall. We have seen some color there the last few weeks - cornflower, baby's breath, poppies, and others I'm not familiar with. I'm hoping we'll have some time to dedicate to that area soon...
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