Today : In the Garden

just picked …

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with my little shadow…

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Heres a few pictures of the garden:

Celery & Beans

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Brussel Sprouts & Peas

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Tomatoes, Eggplant, Peppers & Yellow Beans

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The 12 ft Jeruselum Artichoke…Yikes!

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:)

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Lemon Cucumbers for Pickles

These are a fun cucumber to grow,

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and have produced better, in the garden, than our English cucumbers. They do not taste like lemons, but have a nice  fresh taste with a crunchy texture

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so I thought they might be good for pickles :)

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We used the same recipe from last year and doubled it, mixing Lemon cucumbers with a couple English.

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I ran out of peppers so made them with out, hoping it wont change the flavor too much…

Bread & Butter Pickles

8 medium cucumbers

2 green peppers

8 small white onions

½ cup salt

Pickling Syrup:

5 cups sugar

1½ teaspoons turmeric

½ teaspoon ground cloves

1 tsp celery seed

2 tablespoons mustard seed

5 cups apple cider vinegar

Cucumbers, Onions & Green Peppers chopped up mixed with salt and a few handfuls of ice, cover & let it sit for 3 hrs

Drain and mix together with Pickling Syrup

Heat through but don’t boil.

Prepare your jars & lids, fill them and use a hot water bath to seal the jars.

Wait 5-6 weeks before opening, if you can :)

Here’s where I found this recipe..

http://naturallyella.com/2012/08/06/bread-and-butter-pickles/

 

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Pounder Tomatoes!

Black Krim is the star

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producing huge big juicy tomatoes

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this one is just over a pound

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more jumbo toms…

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It has been a truly abundant summer, our freezer is full!

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We are trying some new canning recipes!

This 3 Beer Salsa, is delicious & thick!

A word of warning , it is a “Hot” recipe, we cut back on using all of the pepper seeds and it still has a good kick!

Oh,  the beer isn’t in the salsa, that’s just there for any thirsty beer drinkers ;) The second batch is being made today!

You can find the recipe here..

http://www.thehungryhousewives.com/2011/12/recipes-vickis-3-beer-salsa.html

 

 

 

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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.

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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???

 

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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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