Vegetable Garden Update

Where did Summer go! Wow! Fall is here! Just wanted to catch-up with whats happening here in the garden, with a look at some of our summer treats!

Tomatoes! Lots more to come! My favourite way to preserve them is Slow Roasting, for sauce and confit!

Cucumbers, Jalapeños and Thai Dragon peppers have been pickled & Candied!


Candied Jalapeño & Garlic! Thank you Lynda for this recipe!


Scarlet Runner Beans, Eggplant and Zucchini have been Roasted as well! Mostly for soup!

They will all be a lovely taste of summer in the middle of winter!


We’ve made Pesto, Spiralized, Grilled, Roasted and tossed Veggies in Salads!


Thoroughly enjoying our harvest!

Oh , yes ,Garlic did well, and the Tromboncino Squash was fun to grow! Look at the length  of it!

We grew enough Zucchini and Squash this year that we were able to cook the blossoms ! My frying skills are not good but it didn’t matter, they were amazing stuffed with cheese , fresh herbs and lightly fried! How Decadent!


Im also drying herbs and hot peppers.


I just gathered these baskets and apples 2 days ago, there is still plenty growing and seeds that have just been started!


Loved these flowers this year! Sad to see them go but ” To Everything There is A Season! ”

Bring on Fall! 😉

Marketmore Cucumbers for Pickles

This is a nice tasting variety and  easy to start from seed!

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They have been prolific this summer!

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Which meant it was time to make pickles 🙂

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Bread & Butter Pickles our favourite recipe!

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The Green Peppers and Onions are from the garden as well 🙂

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Love these 🙂

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You’ll find the recipe here Bread & Butter Pickles



May Garden Update

Catching up with lots of pictures 🙂

Spring Lettuce has grown really well this year , in Pots!

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Swiss Chard harvest

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Tomatoes & Cucumbers are under cover for chilly evenings , which hopefully will end soon…

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Garlic in the bed on the left

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200 Onions in this one

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Potatoes & Mustard Greens

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Potatoes in Pots and the Marion Berries

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Patty Pan Squash, Sunckokes & Oca…

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Arugula, Celery & Walla Walla Onions In the bed, Spinach & Pak Choi in pots

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The growing collection…Carrots, Radishes, Lettuce Broccoli, Parsley, Pak Choi & Cauliflower

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Peas, Broad Beans, Swiss Chard & Carrots

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The Greenhouse with lots of extra tomatoes for the $2 Buck Market  😉  Which was yesterday…more about that later…

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The First Tomato Flower- Gold Nugget-“The earliest Tomato to ripen” According to West Coast Seeds!

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I hope so 🙂



Vegetable Garden Update – Aug 2013

We’ve had to do some cleaning up…

The bed on the right had Kale  till about 2 weeks ago, it was all getting too big and covered in aphids, the raspberries were disappearing in behind them , fall broccoli and cabbage is in there now.

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there are still a few raspberries…

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The greenhouse has been cleared out tomatoes and cucumbers were over crowded and cucs had a terrible amount of mildew, so sad they produced really well ” Note to self” Don’t overcrowd the green house next year!

We still have strawberries..

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…the Hot Thai Dragon are still green

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Fairy Tale Eggplant are slow, we have white fly on them…we’ve tried garlic water , it doesn’t work…so we’ve had to resort to a commercial spray, its better but not perfect..

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these are tough plants and still growing strong..

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Basil keeps on growing..

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Butternut Squash has bounced back , I thought they were gone since the mildew was a huge problem when they were smaller, but with some extra TLC..

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fertilizing and fungicide ( tried Garlic water here too, no luck) they have bounced back

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some of the baby squash were falling off so I’ve been assisting with pollination , we now have several that are growing..

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we have Zuccini plants.. finally beat the…now lets see if there is still time for this veggie to grow! Purple Pole Peas are behind them..

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Celery is looking really good,  and the yellow runner beans are finally doing well, late but again they were planted a few times thanks to critter’s..

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a few Onion seedlings have been put in..

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almost all of the Leeks have bolted ..

most of the Walla Walla Onions have been harvested..

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Calendula & Nasturtiums..

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Shallots and Green Onions are thriving..

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Organic Shallots , what would these cost you in the store?

They look like they are finished growing but they haven’t they will divide into several more shallots, they are a slow growing crop but worth the wait!

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Brussel sprouts and sugar snap peas for the fall..

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Cherry Tomatoes…

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more peas…42 ft of peas …hmmm …too much?? We’ll see..

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Another experiment for us…we have a new composter!  Second hand, new excited to try it out . I love the design, its off the ground so it will stay neat and tidy , add the material and turn…ideal for our small yard looking forward see how it works!

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Bread & Butter Pickles

Here’s the recipe as promised…

I made these with Sweet Success Cucumbers, fully grown. This is considered to be a slicer cucumber not usually recommended for pickles, but they worked beautifully for this recipe!

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I found it on another blog, an old family favourite of theirs, dating back to what they think may be the 1800’ cool is that and they are still making them!

Check it our here

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This is so simple..

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

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Drain and mix together with Pickling Syrup

5 cups sugar

1½ tsp. turmeric

½ tsp. ground cloves

1 tsp. celery seed

2 tbsp. mustard seed

5 cups apple cider vinegar

Heat through but don’t boil..

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Done , fill jars and can , I use a hot water bath to seal the jars 🙂





Sweet Summer Time

August is coming to an end ..sigh…

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Here’s an update for the past few weeks

The Japanese Silk Tree ( Albizia) Has been amazing, covered in blossoms and providing some shade…finally  😉

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We have had a consistent production of Strawberries, loads of cucumbers and tomatoes

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so many cucumbers at one time … I really didn’t know what to do with them

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I did some research with Google,  on making pickles , most didn’t recommend using slicers cucs , eventually, I found this old recipe, from the 1800s for Bread & Butter decided I didn’t have much to lose  and made it, with some help…

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They are delicious, I’ll share the recipe later..

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We’ve visited some local markets , these sunflower sprouts are so good , I have to grow some. We finally have some young zucchini plants , this is the 3rd attempt after losing the rest to slugs, so we may have our own zucchini yet and we have just picked the first of the eggplant!

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Learned how to grow a 600 lb. pumpkin at a local farm. They hope it’ll make it over 900lbs..crazy!

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Visited the Point Ellice House Garden, this is only part of their veggie bed, I’ll post more on it later..

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Tried more new recipes …Chia Blueberry Jam, Have to admit, this is a healthy alternative but it’s not a favourite . I made another batch of good old-fashioned cooked Blueberry Jam, it is the best, in my opinion.

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planted the last of my seed potatoes. Is this way too late? I guess we’ll find out 😉

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Spent time visiting with my mom, who lives 600 miles away, she also enjoyed some garden time.

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My sinks aren’t big enough to clean this baby..

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there have been lots of beach visits too ..

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What Happened to July?

Here’s a few more highlights and events from last month…

These two look so pretty together,  Angels Fishing Rod, and Pink Hydrangea

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The final excavation of our Vegetable garden.We were thinking of digging it out ourselves..Crazy…it was a huge amount of material that came out of there…

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We harvested all of the Garlic 2 weeks ago….

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and hung them up to cure…

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160 bulbs…all different sizes but healthy

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Plums we raided from a neighbours tree 😉

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well…nobody lives… we made Sour Plum Jam..

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Mint for drying & Cucumbers..

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more cucs..

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most of them are almost a foot long…

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tomatoes are also coming along nicely..

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Yukon Gold’s are small but very tasty..

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Basil is still producing

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Romaine is too..

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nothing like a Crab feast after all the hard

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and to share with  family visiting from out of town 🙂