Monday, August 26, 2013

Monday, August 19, 2013

Harvest Monday 8/19/13

The onions did not do well this year for me. They are quite small.


Getting quite a few Chocolate Peppers, and the first of the Golden Star bell peppers.

I've lost about 6 or so tomatoes to the critters coming from under the deck, chipmunk maybe. So I have been picking some barely pink ones to get them before they do.


Homemade french dressing  made with tomato sauce, red onion, and garlic from the garden and a few other ingredients. Not quite as orange as what you get at the store but it was just as yummy.

Not getting too many carrots right now. The top one is a purple sun, after it was roasted it was a deep purple. Very pretty, and good too. At least roasted it was.


 These are not nearly 3# like the one my friend got out of one of my "great white" seedling I gave her,  but these are pretty nice too! These are Brandywine.


Monday, August 12, 2013

Harvest Monday 8/12/13

We just returned from vacation in MI late last night. So all I picked was just this morning. The garden needs some work since I have been gone. Stuff dying, tomatoes falling over, I have some catching up to do. I had a couple of people come to check on the garden while I was gone. A few things got missed, so maybe I will let some go to seed to save some.
I'll be sharing my weekly harvest at Daphne's Dandelions for Harvest Monday!
The first 2 of my unknown hot ornamental pepper are on the bottom right. A few chioggia beets, 2 Georgia flaming hot peppers and several tomato varieties.

A zucchini that got away, beans, cucumbers and beet greens.

5 Lungo bianco zucchini that got away. What on earth am I going to do with these?  For reference, those are 12" tiles.
My garden helpers were allowed to take home whatever they picked from the garden this week. I hope they ate well. I am thankful for their help while we were away!

I'll leave you with a beautiful view from Muskegon State Park on Lake Michigan at sunset.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Harvest Monday 8/5/13

It is Harvest Monday at Daphne's Dandelions and the harvests are great this time of year. 

I picked a few things specifically to make up some salsa and use up some tomatoes.
More stuff for the salsa.

These plants were killed by disease, borers and squash bugs.  They weren't quite ready yet, but what do ya do? Maybe they will be ok hidden in some pumpkin bread or something. We ate the buttercups for dinner and froze the leftovers.


I picked all the carrots from my sons garden pot so we could plant more for fall. The second round of raspberries is starting to produce slowly.  I am not getting many pickling cucumbers so we planted some more in my daughters garden pot. We like our pickles! We have ate every jar we have made so far. We have only made 1 or 2 at a time of fermented pickles. Will grow more picklers next year!



I think one of my sebring zucchini's got cross pollinated or diseased or something, it is mixed green and yellow. There is a great white tomato, a funky Cherokee purple, and maybe a rutgers. Lipstick peppers, Chinese Red Noodle Beans.


We are going camping this week, visiting Lake Michigan as we speak. So I had lots of preparing to do before we left, getting all the veggies off the counter and out of the fridge, frozen or canned. Lots of shredded zucchini, beans, salsa, and fermented pickles.

I also prepared lots of stuff for our trip, 4 loaves of bread. I used a new recipe and it tastes good but I still can't get it to stop being so weak in the middle and falling over when sliced. I also made Granny's chocolate zucchini "muffins", my daughter calls them because they don't have frosting! And some granola, mixed with nuts, oats, butter, honey, almond butter, seeds, and chocolate chips.

Last harvest before leaving. 2 small sugar pumkins, lipstick peppers, zucchini, chinese red noodle beans, a bit of dill for more pickles and also seeds! A few tomatoes for the road! Mmmm, this second round of raspberries are tasting much better! They are sweeter and firmer. Maybe because the Japanese beetles are gone, they have a chance to mature properly. Or the variety is just plain better! Hope I can make more pie soon!