Organic Shallots

Actually,everything in our garden is Organic!

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Its a shame the grocery store takes such advantage of “that” term. Maybe it’ll encourage more people to start a garden ;)

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What we don’t grow we support Local and Organic, perhaps more demand will bring those prices down a bit more!

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Garlic- Red Russian

This is just one of the dozen that we planted in Oct!

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Normally I save my own Garlic to plant but the Garlic Rust was so rampant last year I didn’t want to take any chances so I ordered fresh seed from Salt Spring Island.

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It worked out well! We used the Scapes for pesto …

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and we have a bumper crop of lovely large bulbs , which have been cured and cleaned  for storage!

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The rust hit again this year but much later , in June, so I’m going to try using our own again for  planting in the fall  :)

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Walla Walla Onions

It’s time to pull up Walla Walla Onions..

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they have never been so ‘Huge” this baby was almost 2 lbs.!

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Lots of dry warm days must be the trick! I really don’t wish for a regular drought,

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but I do love our little harvest :)

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In the Garden Today! Greek Salad is on the Menu!

Every day we’ve been collecting Yellow Cherry Tomatoes, Cucumbers,

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Squash, Fresh Herbs, a couple of Green Peppers..

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we are just starting to get Red Tomatoes and now we have an abundance of Onions!

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This makes for the best tasting Greek Salad, ever  ;)

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of course, I cant grow everything, as much as Id like to :)

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Do you make Greek Salad with fresh Herbs( Basil & Oregano)? Add a simple Olive Oil and fresh Lemon juice dressing, it really makes an amazing difference in flavour! Nostimos!

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Bob’s Veggie Garden

Here’s a quick look at what’s growing at Bobs ( my garden sharing friend) July 2015 007 Sunflowers,Tomatoes, Basil, Peppers, & Squash , 5 varieties, which are quickly taking over the garden… July 2015 008 along with Cucumber’s, Kale, Lettuce and Beans! Not bad for throwing a few plants and seeds in; just over as month ago! June 2015 006 What  a difference! ;)

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Jam Making; with Local Berries

Do you go berry picking? Its a fun way to spend some time outdoors, your berries are a much better price and you know they are fresh ! I certainly don’t have room or the right location to grow a variety of Berry plants for Jam making, but, fortunately  I live close to several U-Pick farms for Raspberries, Strawberries & Blueberries.  I forgot to bring my camera on most trips .

Here is the Organic Blueberry Farm and their very sweet dog.

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It was a beautiful day and the bushes were loaded with fruit!

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We left with about 9 lbs. each

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which I used to make jam :)

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This is a pectin free and low sugar recipe, I love making jam this way!

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I made Strawberry & Raspberry Jam with the same method, it is a bit tricky but worth the effort! The flavour is pure! If you’re interested here is the website that I found explaining this technique The High Heel Gourmet

Our berries were about 2-3 weeks early this year, and may very well be finished by now, they only last a short time. Blackberries are next and should be ready soon! Here you don’t usually go to farms for these, they grow wild and most locals have there own favorite locations , I know I do ;)

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July Garden; Catching Up

We are pulling up the peas, they are done!

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Round two!

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Beans this time! Maybe… there is  enough space to squeeze some peas in for the fall :)

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This volunteer Elephant Garlic is nice and we are ready to dig up the garlic patch…

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Here’s a few more pictures of what’s happening in the veggie garden..

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Its been a challenge to keep everything watered, we’ve had a crazy spell of hot dry weather…

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some things are thriving others , not so much…

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overall, we have had some lovely meals and have been able to put a few goodies in the freezer…

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…we could grow more potatoes for the fall ..

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and a little more basil,  it is flowering very early ..

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Onions are loving the heat…

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so is the Zucchini

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and Patty Pan Squash..

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Marion Berries are ripening…

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If you are growing fall veggies, there is still time, I’m getting some more seeds in today :)

( The weird orange haze in the pictures is due to smoke from local fires. It is improving and we are really hoping that they are all under control soon! On the west coast we don’t wish for rain often but I tell you “A Good Rain would be Nice!!!)

 

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