Now we're talking!

on Saturday, August 20, 2011

It's like a rainbow of veggies!
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More stuff yet to come?

on Monday, August 15, 2011

While many gardeners are complaining about all the veggies that just aren't doing well this summer, think back to those spring crops we enjoyed... Especially the lettuce.

Now while other spring crops didn't do so great (like there wasn't much spinach this spring, and the pak choi flopped ), we're about to get a second chance with some of the cool weather crops.

I just started seeds for a variety of lettuces, pak choi, and other Asian greens (many that I've never tried before!) this past Thursday, and check it out... They're already sprouting.

They might look awfully crowded in these pots, but most seedlings take transplanting quite well. I'll just wait till these guys get a little more mature, lift them from their pots, tease the roots apart, and tuck them into the raised beds. I'll also be finding some space to direct seed spinach before too long.

Let's hope this fall is better in the garden than spring was!
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First okra bloom?!

It's about time. And a little out of focus.

But it looks like okra might not be too far off, which I'm happy to see. Now not everyone loves okra, but if you've never tried it before I hope you'll at least give it a chance.

One of the best ways to do that is get to your nearest Cracker Barrel restaurant and order up a side of fried okra with your meal. Yuuum!
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Are you getting cucumber fatigue yet?

on Wednesday, August 10, 2011

I tell ya. I've never had as good a cucumber year as this year. I may have many other things I'm griping about in the garden, with all the poor production of tomatoes, squash, etc, but it's definitely the year of the cucumber.

And the heaviest producer of them all? Pearl, the pale yellow-green one in this picture. I think there's only one vine, but wow!

Oh... A warning, if you ever try growing Pearl -it's got the most evil cucumber spines I've ever experienced! Some of them get in the skin, and stay there like a splinter!

I don't know how you guys are feeling, but I think we're starting to feel a little cucumber fatigue here at home. Last year it was the eggplant, okra and peppers that were going strong in my garden, and Mary was providing up to 20 tomatoes a week per person! This year it's the cukes...
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Oh yay...

on Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Even more rain!
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Now isn't that cute!

on Monday, August 8, 2011

Meet piccolo...

The Territorial Seed catalog says "a melt-in-your-mouth marrow squash with a unique new shape. Piccolo will hit the high notes in all your summer meals. The round to oblong fruit has eye-catching, dark and light green striping and creamy colored flesh. At tennis ball size, they look like mini watermelons and are tender and delicious. Healthy, productive plants provide a summer full of delectable harvests."

While it is a cute little guy, I can only hope they'll be as productive as hinted here. Here it is, August 8,and I've only just picked the first one! There's another, smaller fruit on the vine, and hints of more blooms coming we'll see how it goes.
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First BLT of the season

on Sunday, August 7, 2011

There it is! And that Supersteak tomato is a doozy! Now most of the tomatoes aren't absolutely perfectly ripe where they're really juicy, but many of them are just a day or two away from that stage I think. I technically could've had the first BLT two days ago, but alas there was no L to be had! I had a really good bacon, turkey and tomato, but we all know that's just not the same...
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Seven down

on Monday, August 1, 2011

The storm that just blew through dropped .7" of rain and took out these seven tomato plants. My socks are soaked now, but at least I've got the plants and their cages braced upright with posts. Not sure what permanent damage was done to the plants??
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