just picked …
with my little shadow…
Heres a few pictures of the garden:
Celery & Beans
Brussel Sprouts & Peas
Tomatoes, Eggplant, Peppers & Yellow Beans
The 12 ft Jeruselum Artichoke…Yikes!
These are a fun cucumber to grow,
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
so I thought they might be good for pickles :)
We used the same recipe from last year and doubled it, mixing Lemon cucumbers with a couple English.
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
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..
Black Krim is the star
producing huge big juicy tomatoes
this one is just over a pound
more jumbo toms…
It has been a truly abundant summer, our freezer is full!
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..
and how does this relate to a gardening blog?
Free Produce ;)
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 :)
Its been a rainy day here today, I mean seriously rainy, so a good time to catch up with blogging
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 :)
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 ..
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
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.
Its been a rare summer …
with an abundance of beautiful warm sunny days, so perfect for the garden.
Tomatoes, beans, and summer squash are prolific :)
Its fun to reap the benefits, after patiently waiting , watching & watering…
Finally, some nice carrots :)
Growing them in pots has worked well!
Red & Purple Potatoes
Money Maker & Black Krim Tomatoes
Strawberries , more beans & cherry toms…
Gardeners Delight Cherry Toms
The Black Krim have been amazing…
look how big they are…
Walla Walla Onions are drying in the sun…
Now …what should I do with these???
Summer has truly arrived …
Angels Fishing Rod flowering..
and have several tomatoes…
Thai Dragon Peppers are flowering..
Cherry Hot has a nice ripe pepper..
Basil is taking off…
Garlic has been pulled and hung up in the woodshed to dry…
First of the Lemon Cucumbers ..
Strawberries are slow but still in flower..
First tomatoes of the season
Walla Walla Oions…
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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