Actually,everything in our garden is Organic!
Its a shame the grocery store takes such advantage of “that” term. Maybe it’ll encourage more people to start a garden ;)
What we don’t grow we support Local and Organic, perhaps more demand will bring those prices down a bit more!
This is just one of the dozen that we planted in Oct!
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.
It worked out well! We used the Scapes for pesto …
and we have a bumper crop of lovely large bulbs , which have been cured and cleaned for storage!
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 :)
It’s time to pull up Walla Walla Onions..
they have never been so ‘Huge” this baby was almost 2 lbs.!
Lots of dry warm days must be the trick! I really don’t wish for a regular drought,
but I do love our little harvest :)
Every day we’ve been collecting Yellow Cherry Tomatoes, Cucumbers,
Squash, Fresh Herbs, a couple of Green Peppers..
we are just starting to get Red Tomatoes and now we have an abundance of Onions!
This makes for the best tasting Greek Salad, ever ;)
of course, I cant grow everything, as much as Id like to :)
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!
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.
It was a beautiful day and the bushes were loaded with fruit!
We left with about 9 lbs. each
which I used to make jam :)
This is a pectin free and low sugar recipe, I love making jam this way!
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 ;)
Filed under Jam, July 2015
We are pulling up the peas, they are done!
Beans this time! Maybe… there is enough space to squeeze some peas in for the fall :)
This volunteer Elephant Garlic is nice and we are ready to dig up the garlic patch…
Here’s a few more pictures of what’s happening in the veggie garden..
Its been a challenge to keep everything watered, we’ve had a crazy spell of hot dry weather…
some things are thriving others , not so much…
overall, we have had some lovely meals and have been able to put a few goodies in the freezer…
…we could grow more potatoes for the fall ..
and a little more basil, it is flowering very early ..
Onions are loving the heat…
so is the Zucchini
and Patty Pan Squash..
Marion Berries are ripening…
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!!!)