Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Nothing to See Here (Part 2)

The rest of the garden has grown quite a bit over the last few weeks, although the heat is definitely taking a toll. I feel like a deep watering once a day just isn't enough - but it's the best I can do right now!

My zucchini and squash bed has really taken off, although one enormous zucchini plant might be stealing sunlight from the rest. The pictures don't do it justice, but here's the monster zucchini:

And the "normal" zucchini and squash plants:

Also in the squash bed are a few melons. They're beginning to grow and flower as well:

The rest of my tomatoes are growing. Some are beginning to flower. And some are even setting fruit:

What is that?

Yes!! These are the tomatoes I've been the most excited to try. They came from Jo at 14 Acres, who was so generous to share some seed.

The tomatillos are flowering as well, but don't seem to be setting fruit:

My bell peppers are beginning to flower like crazy.

I have 7 California Wonder Plants, 1 Jalopeno plant, and 2 Poblano Plants. They are really beginning to set some yummy looking fruit. I can't wait to grill this baby!

And my herbs are doing well. I don't have a picture of the rosemary, but it's hanging in there. The basil is enjoying the heat:

and so is the sage:

I need to think of some good recipes that call for sage. Any suggestions?

Monday, June 21, 2010

Harvest Monday June 21, 2010

This week the garden brought more tomatoes and cucumbers.. and this is just the beginning! I'll give a complete update tomorrow, but I have good reasons to hope that these little harvests are just the beginning.

This week we also saw our first (and close to last) blueberries, the first cutting of basil (which was wonderful as pesto and tossed in salads), and our first jalopenos. They began to darken due to sun scald, so I'll need to figure out how to prevent that asap.

21 oz Cucumbers
18oz Cherry Tomatoes
5oz Blueberries
4oz Basil
2oz Jalopenos

Not everything is pictured, but this is most of it:

This post has been a part of Daphne's Harvest Monday. You can join in on the fun here!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

A Brief Deviation - Happy Father's Day!

I am very blessed to know many wonderful fathers, but two in particular are extra special.

First, to my dad - thank you for letting me stand on your feet to dance with you when I was a little girl (you didn't even wince). Thank you for tolerating my teenager silliness (you didn't let me see you wince). Thank you for letting me borrow your tools (I'm sure sometimes you wince thinking about the destruction I'm bound to cause). Thank you for being such a wonderful, fun, loving grandad. Most of all, thank you for the example you set, the values you instilled, and your unconditional love.

To my husband - thank you for wrestling, and chasing, and rough-housing with Caleb. Thank you for helping him with his homework and driving him to school when he's missed the bus. Thank you for being someone Caleb can (and does) look up to, for the way you put Caleb first, the way you love him unconditionally. I am so happy we have you!

To all the fathers out there - I hope you have a wonderful day!

Because my husband requested it, we spent today hiking Tallulah Falls Gorge.

We took the rim trail - about 3 miles round trip. Not too bad until you get to the 1,029 stairs that take you to the gorge floor and back! Here's just a portion of the dizzying steps:

Half way back up, I think we were reconsidering our decision. We're exhausted, but we made it. We got in a great work out, and the views were completely worth the effort.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Nothing To See Here (Part 1)

It's no wonder my neighbors (and spouse) question my sanity. After seeing me gardening in my pajamas and gnoshing on strawberry shortcake for breakfast I can't say I blame them.

At least the pajamas are cute (so what if the closest flip flops to my back door don't match them?):

And the strawberry shortcake? I'm a terrible photographer, but hopefully it can speak for itself:

A few things I saw in the garden this morning:

See this nibbled leaf?

Guess what? I'm not worried about it. The entire cucumber plant used to be down to 4 or 5 of these nibbled leaves (and nothing else). But in an act of despiration, I sprinkled the remains of the plant with BT powder. It was a Hail Mary, at best, because I wasn't sure what was taking such delight in this sorry looking plant.. But look at the plant now, after two applications:

There's a cucumber! And little girl cucumber flowers! Production from this plant might not be over yet! I guess I'll have to find something else for Garden Blogger Death Day - shouldn't be too difficult.

About 10 days ago, I finally planted my cucumber seeds. I planted a few Lemon Cucumbers, because I've never had them and curiousity got the best of me. I also planted a few Mediterranean Cucumbers as well. They have all sprouted and are about 2 inches high now. I'm hoping they'll grow quickly, as I was late to plant them. I'd really like to put up a few jars of pickles this year.

I'm not sure if I ever told you about my Mother's Day gift.. My husband and son took me to a local nursery to pick out any plant of my choice. It was a tough decision, but I ended up choosing blueberry bushes. We left with two - my first ever. Then things took an interesting turn. My wonderful husband, who has always tolerated my gardening, but never really took an interest in it, TOOK AN INTEREST IN IT!! A few days after Mother's Day, we made another trip back to the nursery because he wanted to pick up 2 more blueberry bushes. And with that, he caught our little "bug". Now he's the one filled with excitement in watching little seeds turn into food on our plates. And he's talking about garden expansion - pinch me!

Here are our blueberry bushes. When we purchased them, they were covered in blueberries:

While we were in Florida, the birds had quite a picnic on our berries as they ripened. We quickly realized that bird netting was necessary. Now that it's up, the birds have been kind enough share our blueberries with us. We've harvested a few ounces, but I think the birds got the best of the berries this year. We will definitely be better prepared for next year.

I have a lot more to update you on - tomatoes, peppers, and squash especially - but I think I'll split it up into two posts.. Check back later for more!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Contrary to Popular Belief

...I did not fall off a roller coaster and get lost in the darkness of Space Mountain. I did not get swallowed up by a crocodile on a jungle safari. And I most definitely did not get kidnapped by 7 little men.

On the contrary, we had a wonderful time on our Disney vacation. So much fun, in fact, that I needed a vacation from my vacation. You know the kind - where you work 40 hours a week and after work each day frantically clean your house from top to bottom leaving no blind undusted, no window unwashed, and no carpet unvaccuummed (despite whatever heavy bed or other furnishing are on top of it - ugh). It's what I lovingly refer to as Spring Cleaning, and since there are still 5 days left in Spring 2010, I am technically within the boundaries my silly brain allows. Score!

Unfortunately with all the hustle and bustle I've neglected both my garden and my readers. For that, I am truly sorry. Today, my Spring Cleaning entails catching up on my blog roll, taking some photos of the garden, and providing a real garden update on this here garden blog. There are several things to update you on - cherry tomato and cucumber harvests continue, and there has been so much growth and flowering!

PS: Thank you, Granny, for letting me know you missed my updates! Sometimes a girl can feel a little insignificant in the giant blogosphere. It's nice to know you cared enough to call me out on my delay in posting! :-)