Friday, June 22, 2012

Monster squash

We finally had some rain last night, which resulted in what I like to think of as Monster Garden. You know where you find the garden about 2 times larger than you left it yesterday. Squash that I was sure would be fine left on the vine one more day became ridiculously huge. Here's what came out of the garden today......
3.7lbs of Zephyr.

To give you an idea of how big the they are.

3lbs. of Zucchini

Another example of the Monster Zuke size.

4lbs. of Straightneck

This is a 1.5 lb. straightneck....

2lbs Mici Cucumber

Even the Cucumbers were monster. Luckily this variety of cucumber is still really good, even Monsterishly Large.

Welp, I'm off to make some chocolate Zucchini Cake.

Any Monster Veggies coming out of your garden?

Monday, June 18, 2012

The Weekend's harvests

What's up with conjuned fruit in the garden?
There's this bizarre straightneck plus 2 Zephyrs are starting to come in like this and there's 2 tomatoes growing together. Strange.

But mutant or not any garden bounty is good garden bounty.
The garden is finally starting to get productive. There's a good mess of pole beans forming and all of the cukes are fruiting, though only the Micis are mature. The tomatoes are getting big and should be ripening up soon. The pepper plants are loaded and I picked the first one (not quite ripe, but early picking will help it produce more). This is a Red Belgian. It's my first time growing these, so we'll see how it goes. I've been itching for some sweet pepper.A few days on the counter and this little guy should be ready.
Now for the rest of the garden goods....

Having been deprived of summer squash and cucumber all winter is sure is nice to have them back!

How's your garden harvests?

Friday, June 8, 2012

Flowering photo heavy garden update

        The garden is doing wonderful and finally starting to put out food. Everythng is flowering and a new surprise is discovered everyday out there it seems. So far I've harvested 3 cucumbers which were devoured almost the second they were hastily pulled from the vine, and 1 zephyr squash which was harvested the day I got my new kitchen was 2oz. exactly. I've also harvested about a pound of lemon basil. I bought lemon basil this year to kind of venture out of the herb "norm" and the moment the little seedlings popped up I knew I had made a good choice. I use it in EVERYTHING; tea, chicken, fish, fruit leather. To me it smells and tastes like Lemon Heads and Fruity Pebbles. And grows like this....
                                     I've learned 4 plants is definitely not enough for my needs.

So now for the photos...

All the eggplants are flowering. Hopefully soon We'll be seeing some signs of fruit.

Tiny little zuke begging to be sauteed in butter

Beautiful Zephyr Flower

This zephyr plant had like 8 little zephyr Squash.

The cape gooseberries are flowering and when the little yellow flower falls off it turns into this...
Though I've never grown Cape Gooseberries before I assume that inside this little lantern a berry is forming

potato flowers

Sweet potatoes are looking good.

Mici Hybrid just waiting to be sliced into a salad.

Deliatesse Cucumber flower

Every single tomato plant is loaded with the wait begins...

I'm curious about this funky little siamese tomato.

welp that's that...

How's your garden growing?

Monday, May 28, 2012

garden update

It's been hot....really hot. But the garden seems to love it. There's been some fun new last minute additions to the garden....

Our local grocery store had blueberry bushes on sale so we picked up four. I think 2 were called Misty and 2 sunshine. They all have ripe blueberries on them and the small handful I've gotten have been pretty good.

My Great Great Grandma Florence gave me a bag of some old seeds she had. She is 97 and though she doesnt garden anymore, for a woman nearing 100 she's pretty energetic. I truly believe I got my garden gene from her. All of the seeds I planted germinated which was a nice surprise I planted....
Christmas Limas.

Hyacinth. Now these were most curious. They were in a bag labeled simply "Thomas Jefferson. DO NOT EAT". And with further research I learned they were hyacinth seeds from Monticello. And with even more research I learned that if cooked/picked properly and at the right time they were in fact edible. I'm really excited to see what comes of these.
Last but not least, Butternut squash.

It's nice to have a bit of the garden I played in as a child, in the garden I'm growing as an adult.

Now for a photo heavy tour of the garden (dont mind the weeds or bug eaten gardening is not pretty)

Strawberry popcorn, Mammoth grey sunflowers

Easter egg radishes (we've gotten about 20 so far)

Tomatoes. They've all got flowers but so far no fruit.

Ping Tung/ Rosa Bianca Eggplants. Something has been munching heavily on them.

Purple podded/ kentucky blue pole beans and christmas Limas

Delikatesse cucumbers and mexican sour gherkins

To give you an idea how miniature the mexican gherkins are, here is one growing right beside a Delikatesse cucumber and they're both the same age.



summer squash, some were planted last minute or to replace bad germination spots so theyre all at different stages.


Mici Hybrid cucumbers, which are LOADED with tiny cukes. (I was hesitant about these, you know hybrid and all but we stuck a few of these in the ground last year and they were the best tasting...I chalk it up to being of an asian variety. These were all the left over seeds so next year I'll get an heirloom asian help me feel less guilty.

Winter Squash, spaghetti and butternut on the trellis and jack-o-lantern in the back. they'll get pulled into the yard.

Sweet Peppers

Giant Cape Gooseberries

And that's that.
What wasnt photographed was the herb bed which is doing loverly. And the carrots which are not doing so loverly. I think it's the heat and my inability to keep them constantly moist. But I'm hoping to get maybe 30 carrots and with what I planted, that's not so good. Though I'll assume slow/bad germination and blame it on the seeds.....

How's your garden a'growin'?

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Pumpkin Banana "mini breads"

Last summer for some bizarre reason I thought planting about 30 pumpkin plants was a good idea.......For a family of 2 it's alittle much. Let's just say the freezer is still full of pumpkin puree, though with intense pumpkin dessert baking and giving family and friends bags of pumpkin I've got it down to about 18 Cups.

Here is DELICIOUS recipe that was created by taking all the odds and ends of the baking cabinet and throwing it into the mixing bowl...


1 CUP of brown sugar
1/2 CUP white sugar
1/2 CUP vegetable oil
2 eggs
Splash of vanilla
3 CUPS pumpkin puree
1 large mashed banana
1/4 CUP milk
1 3/4 CUPS whole wheat flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. clove
1/2 tsp. allspice
1/2 tsp. ginger
1/2 CUP oats
1/3 CUP shredded coconut

Preheat oven to 350*F.
Mix together the sugar, oil, and eggs.
Add banana, pumpkin, vanilla,and milk.
Mix together flour, baking soda and powder, salt, spices, oats and coconut.
Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients.
Pour into greased muffin tins and sprinkle with oats.
Bake until toothpick comes out clean, about 20 minutes..
Cool, ENJOY!

Sunday, May 6, 2012

what's popping up....

Sunflowers are popping up!

As is the Strawberry popcorn. It's a minature variety and should only get about 4-5' tall.

The radish seedlings look like butterflies.

Yay for bean sprouts!

Tiny little Mexican Sour Gherkins!

Delikatesse Cucumbers

Little summer squash seedling. I cant remember if it is a black beauty zuke or an early prolific straight neck.

Little Kiwano seedlings.

Mici Hybrids are flowering!!

Little volunteer Jack-o-lantern pumpkin!

Little peppers are forming!

How does your garden look?