Category: Garden

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Well, I came back from NY and have more produce than I know what to do with. I have three full quarts of sugar snap peas (and that doesn’t count the ones I tossed because they were past prime and all the ones I ate while I harvested). Another quart of broccoli flowerets, a zucchini and a black zucchini and a ton of cucumbers. The little ones are for pickling, but I have like 9 slicing cucumbers. Any ideas on what to do with them out there? I’ll make my tomato, cucumber, free mozzerella salad, but I have even more cucumbers coming. Any good cucumber recipies out there??

I ate my first ripe tomatoes, there are a few others almost ready. I have peppers almost ready to pick, beans won’t be too much longer either! I have the first showing of my pumpkins and watermelon as well, and picked my first zucchinis. It’s all growing really well, my sugar snap peas are about 7 feet tall!! My eggplants are blossoming, but no fruit showing yet.

I also picked a huge batch of raspberries at mom and dads and made more jam… the $3 I paid for my canning pot at a yard sale last year was WELL worth it!


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1:Our new rain barrel, if you have lots of plants- might as well conserve water and let Mother Nature help! Water off the roof, fills barrel and you have it to water with. Has screen to keep out mosquitoes.
2:We built 2 raised beds- see how they work (if we like them will probably do all raised beds in the garden). Bed 1 has 5 Italian lettuces and 2 spinach’s. The second bed has peppers- 3 types of Italian (9 plants), 1 jalapeno and 1 ancho.
3:We use to have asparagus here- it didn’t grow so this year I have beans in the back and golden beets from Italy. If you look toward the back you will see 2 black bins- these are our potatoes.
4: This garden has 3 zucchini plants (yes, from Italy) and 1 pan pan squash (not from Italy), broccoli, onions and 4 types of Italian tomatoes.
5: This is Father Ed’s land- he lets us plant it. I was afraid my seeds from Italy might not do well (just in case I do not want a summer without tomatoes!) so we planted 1 set of Italian cherry tomatoes and 16 different American tomatoes plus one eggplant.
6: Linda’s sister left a wagon here so we transformed it- took off the seats, stained, added art and planted basil, parsley, rosemary, wheat grass, cilantro, chives, stevia, and oregano- they are all doing well.
With luck- tomorrow I will be putting in a compost bin- this is after I see the movie, “Angels & Demons”.