Tuesday, July 17, 2012

We're Eating Squash and Cucumbers from the Garden

The squash are giving us lots to eat! They're loaded with blooms and producing 2-3 squash every other day at this point. That will increase as they grow.
Today I picked 2 zucchini.

The squash grows so fast this time of year. We had a nice rain last night so I don't have to water today. My rain barrel is full! I'll use that on hot days to water instead of the city water. The plants always have a growth spurt when it rains. They love that rainwater!

The green bean tee pee is filling out and has almost grown to the top! Another week, I predict.

The sweet potato is getting big! I love that it was growing in my pantry and now we'll get food from it!

Here's one I pulled out of my pantry yesterday! I must have bought too many and we didn't eat them fast enough. One more plant to find room for. My garden is full and all the big pots as well. This one will have to go in the front yard, in the flowerbed.
We won't be able to enjoy our sweet potatoes till we cure them for a few months. It will be worth it! I might even can some if we get a good crop. We're trying to eat more sweet potatoes anyway so now we'll grow our own. 

Here's one of 4 russet potatoes I planted. Two are in the garden with the tomatoes and squash, 2 in

The tomatillas have grown beyond they're stakes. I'll have to re-stake them with taller sticks. They have lots of blooms.

The pot of herbs are growing fast. The basil is taking over and will have to be transplanted into another pot. The oregano is on the left and cilantro and chives on the other side. I've already used some basil in some pasta sauce made from our tomato sauce from last year. I pulled out several quart jars of sauce, added mushrooms, onions, garlic, red, orange and yellow sweet peppers, Italian sausage and lots of Italian spices, and let it cook for 2 days. It was so yummy! We used it for chicken parm and a couple other dishes, and then froze the rest.

The tomatoes are full of fruit and blooms. Fried green tomatoes are where this guy is going. 

It's a tomato jungle down both raised beds of tomatoes. I planted my plants 12" apart. I've learned I can crowd them a bit as long as I trim the lowest branches from the plants. They need air circulation.

These are beefsteak tomatoes.

These are baby Roma tomatoes.

The cucumbers are loaded with fruit. This is where the peas were planted till they were done producing.
With some coaxing the cucumbers are climbing the fence. I have carrots planted on the edges but they're not very big yet.
We've eaten one cucumber so far. It was so good having been warmed by the sun. Love it!

Here is some spinach coming up.

Here are some peas coming up. The first crop was so good I thought we needed more.

Kym helped us pick some plums from their tree on Sunday. I canned these on Monday (yesterday). Just need to remove the rings, wash them up, label them and put them in the downstairs pantry. I got 15 pints out of it. They'll be great next winter. I'll give some to Kym so they can enjoy them too. I used the re-useable canning lids, Tattler. I bought 3 dozen large mouth and 3 doz regular mouth lids this year.
I'll just add some each year till I have enough.

Here's Kym trying to catch the plums as Bob knocks them down. If they hit the driveway they smashed so we were scrambling trying to catch them.

Here's my handsome, helpful husband climbing the plum tree.

Here's a little fountain I made in no time. I won't go into how to make them, there are instructions all over the Internet. It took about 15 min total time. I really like the pot, which I got at a bargain when a local store went out of business.

I wanted to show how I've used the apple branch panels this year. They were in the garden last year.
When we moved in February, we found we wanted some privacy on our covered porch in the new house. I tied them up and now we have vines growing up. It's a nice cool place to sit. We eat a lot of meals out here.

The vines cover it nicely.

 The view from under the tee pee.

Be happy, it's summer!!! Put your feet in the pool, have a pop-cycle, find some way to have fun!
If you're not smiling, thinking of a fun thing to do, then I have a picture that will make you smile.

This is Stella, our grand daughter. She only has 2 teeth but really wanted to try to eat corn on the cob. She actually was able to get some corn off the cob. What a cutie!

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