Monday, September 26, 2011

Harvest Monday 9/26

It has been raining this week and cooling off a bit. I think the rain is helping the garden, but the cooler weather is slowing down the growth of the warmer weather veggies. It's good for the cool weather veggies though! The garden is definitely winding down and needs to be cleaned out some!
Click on over to Daphne's Dandelions to see what others are harvesting!

The FIRST cucumber for me this season! If I am lucky maybe I'll get one more! A little spinach, a few raspberries, a couple of broccoli side shoots. My daughter has been eating a bunch of spinach lately and wanted me to send some in her lunch bag for lunch. Can you guess what she did with it? SHE THREW IT AWAY! Grrrr ;)

These pumpkins needed saving from the SVBs that were in their stems eating their way toward the pumpkin! The stem on the short fat one was completely severed and the vine dead. I don't have a ton of hope that it will turn, but I will try anyway. I have a little more hope for the other one because it does have some bright orange on it! I HAVE had these particular pumpkins finish ripening inside before, so it gives me hope! Three more are turning orange out there, but the vines are pretty much dead. I have more hope for them. I also have the first of the Goldie Husk Cherries. They are sweet and sour!

I finally took a ladder out to get to the Matt's Wild Cherry tomatoes! Uhg! I gave them away to my friend. Her girls love them and her tomatoes did not make it due to Deer problems and overcrowded plants. So I shared!

Another small watermelon back there. The first one tasted just fine. I wish I could grow something bigger than a baseball! I have probably 5 more out there about baseball size. This one is a tad bigger.  My first Black Beauty Zucchini of the season! More spinach, and more dried Dragon Tongue Beans.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Harvest Monday Sept 19

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I have been dragging this week and have not gotten out to the garden too much. The kids have had strep and  I have not felt much better. So, I only got a few things here and there. Whatever was necessary. I really need to get out there with a ladder and try to get to all the MWC's that I can't reach!  They come in by the bowl full when I feel like picking and digging for them through the bush! They are just coming out my ears. I think I am going to have to freeze them.
Dragon Tongue beans on the right and Taylor Dwarf bush on the left

Used these onions for Turkey Porcupines in Sunday night's dinner. Chard, fresh tomatoes (not canned per recipe), green onions, garlic,  dried basil and cilantro from the garden were all used in this meal.

The chard leaf in the back was just huge, I had to cut it. I added it in with some in the fridge and put it on pizza. I think the beans are coming near their end. They are looking pretty rough.

Tomatoes, beans, onion, pepper., and the raspberries are coming in about a handful every couple of days. They are yummy.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Turkey Porcupines w/ pasta and chard

I started with a recipe such as this one, Turkey Porcupines. I used some fresh from the garden mashed tomatoes, fresh green onions, some dried cilantro and I added dried basil to the recipe as well.  When it was all done I added some cooked noodles and and some chard from the garden until it wilted. My daughter first looked at it and said very passionately, "that looks disgusting!!" Well, of course, the good mother that I am, I made her eat it anyway! Ha! And she loved it and asked for more meatballs, and finished everything else too. The other two did a great job as well! Turned out to be a winner!

Friday, September 16, 2011

I'll do it myself!

Have you seen the cost of some of those hair bands at places like Gymboree and even Kohls? They are so expensive! And my daughter has fallen in love with them after getting a couple at the Gymboree outlet! So, I started making some of my own. Why not save a little money.

Maybe I'll branch out a little and try doing some of the twisted ones too. But for these, I have been using a hoop for cross stitching and laying out the ribbons with a hairband under one ribbon and then sewing it on. Pretty easy! Those two little flowers were stickers in the scrapbook section that I pulled the sticker off of and sewed a rubber band too! She loves them! Problem is, I went crazy buying ribbon and now have a ton of it and probably did not save any money! ;) But hey, she'll be hooked up on some streamer hairbands! They might make some good gifts too!

Monday, September 12, 2011

 It has been raining a lot this week, so I did not get out to the garden too much. But I am happy for the rain. My garden has needed it.

The third zucchini was picked! Getting a few fall raspberries! My Celebrity Tomatoes have taken on and odd pear shape!

Picked the first cauliflower! Not sure about one, the top one looked like maybe it was going to bolt in the middle, but the outside did not look ready. Hmmm, maybe it is because this was a SPRING planted Cauliflower that finally produced something! The other one looked great.

The first and tiny watermelon. It has not grown in weeks if not longer, so I decided to just pick it. It was small but it did taste good. The kids ate it right up.
Head on over to Daphne's Dandelions and check out the other harvests and post your own!
I am making this short and sweet this morning because I am taking my little boy to his first day of preschool!
Happy Harvesting!

Monday, September 5, 2011

Harvest Monday September 4

Peppers are coming in about every day or two. Beans are coming in pretty good. I have frozen several bags. Cherry tomatoes are in abundance still. Large tomatoes are few and far between, maybe a few a week. And the Fall bearing raspberries are coming in a small handful at a time. There are only 2 plants out there that I can see and only one of them is getting red right now, surely the other one won't be far behind.

The last cantaloupe was picked, there were 3 total, but one rotted.

The first yellow zucchini of the season and another summer ball pumpkin, probably the last.
One cup of the pumpkin and one cup of the zucchini went into this pumpkin zucchini bread! Mmmm yum. Recipe found on All recipes, Pumpkin Zucchini Bread

More dried beans. The red pepper is actually a purple beauty bell. I let it go red because kids didn't like it purple!

Some of the popcorn has been shucked in that pie tin, a huge pile of cherry tomatoes, 2 more zucchini, more beans, more chard, more peppers! And another handful of raspberries. These 2 zucchini went into a recipe called Skillet Zucchini I found on Allrecipes as well. Super good recipe!
Hoping for some rain today and this week. It has been very dry. Maybe a good rain will pump my garden into high gear again! It sure needs it! Plus we have a cool front coming in this week. We have had 100's the past few days and my peas and brassicas are not liking it one bit! Hope we don't go strait from blasted hot summer to super cold winter. A nice fall would be pleasant!
Check out Daphne's Dandelions for some more fun harvesting!