What Does A Coffee & Medical Supply Shop have in Common?

and how does this relate to a gardening blog?

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Free Produce ;)

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My mom was just here visiting . On one of our coffee shop trips  a sweet lady came in offering bags of Figs from her garden, for free..of course I took one and they were awesome :)

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Its been a rainy day here today, I mean seriously rainy, so a good time to catch up with blogging

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and for cooking up this monster Zucchini , also a freebie from the Medical supply shop where we had borrowed a wheelchair…

They had a wheel barrel full of them , once we chatted with the staff and got the story where they were from, we grabbed one , it is one of the veggies I didn’t grow this year :)

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Today was the perfect day to chop it up and try a new soup recipe….yes soup in the middle of summer , it felt like the right thing to do ..

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and let me tell you , it was good ;)

Here’s the recipe:

5 lbs. of Zucchini chopped

3-4 medium Onions  chopped

6 Garlic cloves sliced

2 Chili peppers, chopped fine

1 cup Chicken Bouillon

Fresh Rosemary – I just grabbed several sprigs

Fresh Basil & Oregano- I didnt measure, just used a handful of basil and maybe a Tbsp. of oregano

Olive Oil

Salt & Pepper

Combine zucchini , onions , garlic and rosemary,  toss with olive oil and roast in a 375 oven till tender and just staring to brown, approx. 40 min. Discard rosemary stems. Puree vegetables, I used our blender , with herbs, chili peppers and bouillon , season to taste. reheat if necessary

I served this with  Creme Fraiche and diced tomatoes.


Filed under Aug. 2014, Recipes, Zucchini

Sweet Summer Time

Its been a rare summer …

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with an abundance of beautiful warm sunny days, so perfect for the garden.

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Tomatoes, beans, and summer squash are prolific :)

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Its fun to reap the benefits, after patiently waiting , watching & watering…

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Finally,  some nice carrots  :)

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Growing them in pots has worked well!

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Red & Purple Potatoes

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Money Maker  & Black Krim Tomatoes

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Strawberries , more beans & cherry toms…

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Romaine Lettuce

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Yes…more tomatoes..

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Gardeners Delight Cherry Toms

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The Black Krim have been amazing…

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look how big they are…

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more beans…

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Walla Walla Onions are drying in the sun…

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Now …what should I do with these???



Filed under Aug. 2014, Veggie Beds

July : In The Garden

Summer has truly arrived …

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I planted lots of Cosmos, one of my favorites for cut flowers too.. July 2014 043

Angels Fishing Rod flowering..

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more Cosmos..

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The Greenhouse Tomatoes ( Money Maker) have reached the roof July 2014 004

and have several tomatoes…

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Thai Dragon Peppers are flowering..

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Cherry  Hot has a nice ripe pepper..

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Basil is taking off…

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Garlic has been pulled and hung up in the woodshed to dry…

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First of the Lemon Cucumbers ..

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Strawberries are slow but still in flower..


First tomatoes of the season

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Walla Walla Oions…

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all of the Peas have been picked along with Fava Beans, the plants have been pulled out to make room for Eggplant and Gypsy Peppers July 2014 032

I love fresh peas and cant resist pulling a few off every time I walked by :) I could have timed a second planting better…oh well..next year. The second crop has just been  planted,  for Fall….


Filed under Flowers, Greenhouse Gardening, July 2014, Veggie Beds

Summer Solstice 2014!

There are a few times,

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when you think,

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a day couldn’t get any better…

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today was one of them…

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Happy Summer Solstice to All  :)

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Filed under June 2014

June Garden Update

Whats happening in the veggie garden? Here’s a quick look…

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that’s it for the garlic scapes! The patty pan squash are just starting to develop..

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its looking green :)

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I wonder how big the Jerusalem Artichoke will get???

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Can you see my garden helper hiding behind the Kale? Her usual spot, in the shade …

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The other handsome helper !

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The last of the Winter Mustard Greens , have been made into Pesto, It is unbelievably delicious! I used the same Arugula Pesto recipe, just using the different Greens with Roasted Walnuts , Lemon Zest & Juice, Garlic , Olive Oil Salt & Pepper! Done, its in the freezer…along with…

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Garlic Scape Pesto!  There was just enough Basil for a small batch, I also used some mint with scapes for another , this turned out to be a very nice combination ! I guess I am hooked on this stuff and the freezer is starting to fill up  once again :)

Thank-you Lynda & Sheila for the tip on Freezing Garlic Scapes :)  I’m doing this for sure!

How To Freeze Garlic Scapes:

Wash & dry your scapes, cut them up and cover with a little olive oil, put them in the freezer.




Filed under Basil, Garlic, June 2013, Recipes, Uncategorized, Veggie Beds

Garlic Scapes In June

Its an early harvest this year

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too bad, the Basil is  still too small, I was planning to use all of these for my favorite Pesto recipe!  I may have to shop ;)

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We have Elephant Garlic Scapes as well, they stand very straight & tall compared to the rest

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and they are huge!

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This lovely Squash was left at my door with a few empty pots, which I always seem to need! I don’t know who the kind Gift Bearer is ! Just by chance, if you are reading this ….Thank-you  :)



Filed under Garlic, June 2014, Veggie Beds

Too Much Arugula? Make Pesto !

Our little patch of Arugula a month ago…

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quickly bolted , as it does when the weather warms up…

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with so much to use , I Googled Pesto recipes :)

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One recipe made 1/2 pint + …..Had to share with you as requested by Lynda ;)

I found the recipe here http://www.thekitchn.com/recipe-nutty-arugula-pesto-with-penne-and-parmesan-recipes-from-the-kitchn-190837

I left out the Parmesan , I like to add it with pasta. I  also didn’t use basil and substituted it with ..what else…. Arugula!

Its really good!


Filed under Arugula, June 2014, Recipes, Veggie Beds