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..

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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….

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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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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.

Easy!

 

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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  :)

 

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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!

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June…time has passed so quickly

Here’s a quick update ! So much going on and it changes , fast,  anyone else feeling that way? It seems as though the Swiss Chard just came out of here! It was only just over 3 weeks ago..

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the Tomatoes , Butter Lettuce and Peas  are now taking over…

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more Peas are spilling out on the other side of the Fava Beans…

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We can finally start enjoying them :)

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along with beautiful Radishes! They grow much better in pots, for me ..

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some are huge, but  still tender …

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&  tasty  ;)

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Pak-Choi & Spinach was also amazing in pots, the first batch is finished , Arugula has also been pulled out, seeds are started for the next round…

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First of the baby Beets ..

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the Garlic looked  Great!  Now it has Rust…grrr…I’m hoping,it isn’t passed onto the onions…

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Gardeners Delight Cherry Toms in Pots, the Onion & Beet bed is in behind…

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Potatoes in the pots and garden are starting to flower…

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Vine Tomatoes ( Brandy Wine & Big Boy) are also producing flowers, and getting taller …

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nothing like the ones in the Greenhouse :)

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they have already set fruit..

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I wonder how big that Jerusalem Artichoke is going to get…that’s the one in the middle..hmmm…

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More starters…hard to imagine we need to be thinking about fall and winter planting now..but yes indeed, it is time, for a few things…Brussel Sprouts, Cauliflower & Broccoli …

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Busy time but it is  worth it! :)

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June 1st- Jam Making Begins!

Strawberry & Rhubarb from The Garden :)

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This is the 2nd year  in this bed, Rhubarb doesn’t like to be moved, still, we’re able to harvest quite a bit!

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The size of the leaves always amaze me

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The Strawberries are from the Greenhouse Gutters…

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just short a pound…

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along with 2 lbs + of Rhubarb

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more than enough for exactly 5  1/2 pint jars :)

This recipe is super simple and so delicious!

Here’s where I found it…

http://kitchensimplicity.com/rhubarb-strawberry-jam/

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