"He who shares joy in what he's grown spreads joy abroad and doubles his own."

Monday, July 7, 2014

Garden Update 2014

My typical summer breakfast.  Toast with tomatoes, a bit of mayonnaise and Spike seasoning. YUM!

A nice batch of Dill waiting for me to add to a jar of green beans for Pickled Green Beans .

Tomatoes are coming in very slow this year.  I guess with the earlier months of high heat it has set them behind.  I have lost a lot of blossoms too with the heat spells, and tomatoes are much smaller this year.  I am not sure that I will even get enough to preserve this year, which is a real disappointment.

Two weeks ago I had to pull out one of my San Marzano plants at my community plot because it had so many leaves that wilted and died off that I just gave up on it and bought 3 more plants and set them out.  They new plants were big and look good so far; already forming tomatoes.

The plants here at home seem to be doing so much better than the ones at the community plot, but still behind in production.  My Henderson's Ponderosa is one that always gave a high yield and  even those two plants are sparse. The plants in the grove are healthy and huge with lots of tomatoes on most, but having said that I did not see that many on Goliath and that one always had a high yield.  Could be that it is not getting as much sun as the rest since it is on the end of the North side.

Cherry tomato plants are doing well, but production is low on them also.  The brown oval cherry is super productive though so I could make sauce out of those.

  German Queen looked terrible the other day and I just gave up on it and pulled it out.  These are the tomatoes (green ones) that I pulled off the plant before I trashed it.  They are far enough along that they will ripen but that was all the tomatoes that were on the plant!

Summer squash of course is doing very well, we have 4 varieties at the community garden.  Aphids did move in and I lost one Crookneck plant to them but I have seeded more of it and also Ronde de Nice.  I pulled out a couple of those plants too that looked like they were getting mildew. Don't want that taking over.  I also sprayed the rest of the plants with a baking soda solution to keep it off them.  You can make this solution by mixing 1 teaspoon Baking Soda in 1 quart of water.  Spray the leaves in the early morning.

 The smaller tomatoes in the back are Southern Night, these were some of the first ones to ripen and the plant does have larger fruit on it and looks like I will get a good yield from it.  Super tasty tomato. This plant is at my community garden. 

 Sad and small San Marzano tomatoes.  I do have another plant here at the house which has some nice sized fruit on it and the plant is healthy and still reaching for the sky.  If we could just keep the temperatures down a bit I think it will set many more fruits.

 Here is a few of Dr. Wyche from my community garden, so small compared to previous years.

On a brighter note, we have been picking Kentucky Wonder beans every-other-day now.  This is from just one of the small towers that I planted.  I seeded more a few weeks back to keep us picking all summer.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Garden Update 2014, Here Comes the Veggies and Pesto, too

Baby Japanese Eggplant, Scallop Squash, Ronde de Nice zucchini (round) Crookneck Squash, Spring Peas and a few cucumbers.

The photos are of the last three days harvest.  I made the pesto over the weekend.  I have more basil than I know what to do with, this is just half of what is ready at my community garden which has 6 plants.   I still have large leaf basil and purple basil to pick here at the house (2 plants each). The pesto sauce will be so wonderful to have in the winter when I make soups.

 I love the Ronde de Nice squash.  I stuffed these on Friday with a mixture of chopped onions, the inside of squash cut into cubes, feta cheese and basil, of course!

This photo shows two Cherokee Purple tomatoes, just coming in now.

This is just a fraction of the summer squash I have been picking this month.  Funny how we forget that by summers end we will be so tired of baked, steamed, sauteed and stuffed squash but for now I am really enjoying it.  I baked a few muffins and a couple of loaves of bread too.  In the freezer they went as I know I will have plenty more squash to bake more in the next few weeks.
Cocozelle Zucchini

A few cherry tomatoes just coming in, my tomatoes seem to be behind this year; crazy weather is to blame.

Nice batch of Kentucky Wonder beans.
Small leaf Italian Basil

Look at the basil, just leaves here.  It took me most of the morning to pick off all of the leaves.
But look how much I made, this is actually the second batch I made already this year.  3 pints are in the freezer.  The plastic containers in back hold 2 cups.  Small jar is 8 ounces and I think the small plastic one is also 1 cup.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Pulling Onions! June 2 2014

 I pulled up a few onions today, some were quite large.  I still have another patch but a gopher decided to move into this patch and got to a few of the smaller ones so I went ahead and pulled up what he left me.  I can let the smaller ones that I pulled (not in photos) dry and replant in the fall.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Garden Update May 25th photos

Tomatoes along driveway, Ponderosa at 6 plus feet here (second one from the left)
All of our tomato cages are 6-8 feet tall.  That will give you an idea as to how tall they are growing. 

Click on any photo to enlarge

To give you an idea as to how much our garden has grown in one month, check out this POST  from May 1st.

More tomatoes

Italian Leaf Basil

Purple Basil

Close up of Ponderosa, almost to the top of cage

Green Zebra

This next group of photos is from our community garden plot.

Straight Eight Cucumber and more seedlings.  For some reason the first planting failed except for this one plant.

Bell Peppers (3 colors) and Carnival Carrots

Southern Night on left and a mystery tomato that was supposed to be San Marzano but may be Black Krim, we'll know soon.

Cocozelle Zucchini, an Italian Heirloom

Eggplants one purple one white

Dr. Wyche on left and Ponderosa on right.  As usual Ponderosa in this garden too is the tallest tomato out of the 8 we have planted here, but German Queen is trying her best to show off to Ponderosa and is just under 6 feet now.

Ronde de Nice, a French Heirloom Round Zucchini
 We have been picking Ronde de Nice every two days now.  I have 10 in the refrigerator waiting to be cooked into something yummy this week.
Nice row of Farmer's Market Blend lettuces

Purple Bush Bean, another heirloom from Botanical Interest.

Onion if front and Patty Pan or Scallop Squash, just setting the squash now.

German Queen at the top of cage already and this photo is a week old.  Lots of fruit on it!

Cherokee Purple in the back corner is much taller than photo shows, Gold Medal in the foreground, when I went to the garden today to water I see that they are both just a foot or so below the top of the cage.

Purple Heirloom Tomatillo.  Plant is very healthy.

Pole Beans, Kentucky Wonder

another view of Patty Pan

More Kentucky Wonder Pole Beans, at the top and looking for more support.  I will need to add taller stakes to it now.

This is Italian small leaf basil, six plants filled in to a mass of delight!  I have already made 3 pints of pesto, in the freezer now and picked more on Thursday that is waiting for me to make more.  I need to pick again.   Pesto fever!!!

San Marzano, not sure why this one is taking so long to get to the top, but the plant is loaded with fruit and is very healthy.

Bok Choy in the back, carrot in front

Soyu Cucumbers

a closer view of Cherokee Purple