Planting Bulbs; Garlic,Tulips & Daffodils

Its catch up time this past week for planting bulbs…..late: but not too late for the Pacific North West, there is still time if you haven’t put yours in…

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Garlic was the top priority 210 planted 10 Elephant Garlic and the rest were Red Russian

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Next 100 Tulips :Red

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and 100 Daffodils:Yellow

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We’ve been working on a small remodel on our little North Garden, with more planned for early next year,  we are working on filling in some spaces with these bulbs, cant wait to see how it will look in the spring!

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It looks  bare and  pretty messy after us tramping all over the yard when its muddy and wet….this is after we cleaned up ….Ha! More pictures of our progress in the new year 🙂

 

 

October Garden Update

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the last summer Cucumbers were pulled out yesterday along with a few of our fall Radishes, Turnips, Yams and Herbs; all  were served with our Thanksgiving supper 🙂

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Now we wait for a few more fall treats; Peas, Beets, Leeks, Spinach, Brussel Sprouts..

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Broccoli, Carrots , Beans

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more Turnips..

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Parsnips , Kale, Lettuce and Cauliflower.

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In the Greenhouse the Basil is waiting to be pulled out, it wont last much longer with our cooler nights, but the Peppers and Yams are still growing 🙂

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Thinking of all my Family and Friends, especially this past Thanksgiving weekend and feeling very grateful for each and everyone of you!

 

 

Happy Fall Equinox !

It was a beautiful Summer

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and a great day today for the beginning of Fall!

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The vegetable garden has been very productive, here are some of our most recent treats…

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Lovely Squash

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The last of this years onions, cherry tomatoes and cantaloupe…

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Basil

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Tomatoes…

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and baskets like this…

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There are still many other veggies growing for the fall and winter to look forward to!

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The new seedlings are under cover from the sun for a few days…

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and the peppers are slowly changing color.

The days will change all too quickly, enjoy the Fall season!

 

 

 

 

Roasted Zucchini Soup with Fresh Herbs

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Make Soup?  This beautiful dish is easy to make, and it tastes as good as it looks!

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It requires a few simple ingredients, Zucchini, of course, I like the yellow for their color, but you could use green .

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Onions , Rosemary, Olive oil, Sea Salt & Pepper:

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Slow roast all of the ingredients,

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let it cool and puree.

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The creamy texture is rich , you would think you are eating something far more decadent !006

and to make it a little more luxurious

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I topped it with Herb Boursin Cheese and thinly sliced Basil  🙂

This freezes very well.

 

Golden Nugget Jam with Ginger

What do you do with all of these beautiful Yellow Cherry Tomatoes?

I wanted to preserve some of this amazing color!

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I started looking for recipes and came a cross a lot of Tomato Jam recipes, Yes, Tomato Jam!  I know it sounds a little strange..right..I thought so too!

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Some recipes  were savory others sweet,  then I found a couple that called for Lemon and Ginger…I was intrigued enough to give it a try

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It took quite a long time to cook off the water from these beauties..

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Well, it was worth the effort, this is packed with Flavor!

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Let me tell you, what a pleasant surprise !

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Now, I want to make more 🙂

Here’s the recipe:

3 lbs of Yellow Cherry Tomatoes

1 1/4 lb of sugar ( more if you like it sweeter)

Grated Rind of 3 Lemons (I used organic)

6-7 Tbsp. Lemon juice or more to taste( revised)  did not use enough last time (2016) had to throw away several jars.

1 1/2 inch grated fresh ginger, this could be altered to taste

I follow these cooking instructions for jam from  The High Heel Gourmet

then they go into a hot water bath .

 

 

 

 

 

 

More Tomatoes…

Last night I went out to the garden to see what needed to be tended to,

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Some Tomatoes were ripe, I stated with these  two baskets…

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then had this bed to work through and a couple of pots…

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The Gold nugget have been amazing

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they are loaded .

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This is what I ended up with …

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🙂

 

August Garden Update

The beautiful aroma of Basil is filling the Greenhouse these days…

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The plants seem to be doing well:  Eggplants, Melons, Peppers, Yams and Basil of course 😉

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My fist attempt at growing Cantaloupe, checkout the little melon…

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In the Garden, the Kentucky Blue Lake Beans are just starting to flower

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we are getting our first Cucumbers, finally!

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More Zucchini on the way

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and Limes

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Swiss Chard

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Yellow Beans

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Strawberries

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more Tomatoes…

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and the second round of Broccoli is producing a decent crown! The first wasn’t successful. I guess sometimes perseverance pays off 😉

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Our winter veggies are progressing…Parsnips for the Fall,  are tucked in between  2 rows of Tomatoes

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Carrots

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Brussel Sprouts

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and Cauliflower, are looking healthy under their tents….

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Todays Ripe Tomatoes, Zucchini & Basil 🙂

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