I started a lot of seeds about 2 weeks ago..
Today was perfect for cleaning up some tired plants and transplanting the new ones….
I planted Kohlrabi, Cabbage, Cauliflower,
and Butter Crunch Lettuce.
Celery seedlings went into larger pots and I harvested the last of our mature beets and some of the Red Onions,
and added more mulch to the beds .
Kale, Purple Sprouting Broccoli and Spring Cauliflower still need to go in…
that’s tomorrow’s job…
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