Saturday, July 30, 2011

They're Here

I have my first Brandywines. They were doing real nicely but split when the rain came in. I picked them out of fear that something would get them but will wait a day or two before I slice. The larger one is about a pound. Those are 4" tiles underneath.  Looking forward to the great taste.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Tuesday After the Rain

A delayed Harvest Monday.
I caught 4 more tomato horn worms. The patty pan that I threw behind the fence is producing and the rain made the plants happy.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Another Week

You can check out a few more harvests at Daphne's and Harvest Monday.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Odds and Ends

 The rare occasion when the "she" cat is interested in the vegetable garden. She is usually hiding in the flower bed.

The first stir fry vegetables 100% from the garden.

The death of the pattypan squash by none other then the vine borer.  I thought it might be saved when I went out this morning but this evening it looks worse. She was a good producer. Not too sad to see it go since I still have the stripped zucchinis. I will use the space to plant some carrots and beets for the fall.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Monday, July 11, 2011

A Continuous Harvest Week


There was a lot of to harvest this week but the squash surly overwhelmed me. If you count, there are a total of 22 for this week alone. I did a lot of cooking with squash this week but enjoyed all of the produce. Peas are done and pulled.


My first carrot was pulled. It is a little ahead of the rest of them but a good 5" long. Juliet tomatoes are coming in and cucumbers. It is nice to still be getting greens. I have them planted in a more shady spot in the garden. Click on the smaller pictures to see them bigger. Check Daphne's for more Harvest

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Squashed Out Already

These are the squash from today's harvest. Thank goodness for my neighbor who is happy to unload some from my hands.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Harvest Monday

The harvest has been slow but steady for the last two weeks, The order of everything seems a little backwards has I have been picking squash for three weeks and just started picking my peas 4 days ago.

Many things don't get photographed because I am a constant harvester. Every walk through the garden yields something in my hand.
Among the harvest: greens, basil, squash, cucumber, peas, turnips, beans, tomatoes and onions and an eggplant :).


Saturday, July 2, 2011

Small Plant and Fritters

I have already harvested about 12 squash from the garden. The mix of Patty pan and striped zucchini have kept my kitchen busy with a variety of recipes. In this house, we do potato pancakes twice a year. The frying just gets to me and I am not fond of the lingering oil smell. But, I needed a savory dish that was a little different then the ones I was making and so Zucchini fritters it was. Not sure how many went into the dish but I used a combination of the two squash and had a nice meal with a garden salad on the side. No pictures of the plate. I never get to the camera in time. Wendy has some other recipes on the GTTC every Saturday.

On another squash front - I planted two butternut squash. These are really my favorite squash. Last year I only managed to get four squash from the two plants. I was hoping for more this year, especially after seeing Granny's post last year on how many she got. The plant was growing nicely and one day I noticed about 8 female squash flowers with 1" squash attached. No male flowers were going to open for at least a week and I had to try to pollinate with the pattypan and stripped zucchini. My efforts failed as you can see below. At this point I have 4 that are pollinated and four that have died. I see a few more on the plant that may develop so i am keeping my fingers crossed.

Lastly, I have a Tumbling Tom tomato that looks like a picture from one of those magazines that promises high yield. I bought this plant from the Master Gardeners and thought it would make a nice addition to the patio. This plant is only 12" tall and will not get bigger. Already producing ripened fruit while some of the other tomatoes barely have fruit set on them. We picked one today and split it 3 ways. Not a lot of taste to judge by. I am sure they will get sweeter as the summer goes on.