Thursday, October 1, 2009
It's been a hectic September. This is the latest fall in my living memory. Usually we have our first frost early in September, but here it is October 1 with no frost yet. The overnight low tonight is 1C, though, and comparable lows are forecast for the upcoming week, so it seems likely this weather is here to stay.
I've been busy canning and freezing, picking and sorting, pulling and composting. I got a terrific harvest this year, particularly of tomatoes; but I managed to put up 8quarts of dill pickles and 33 half-pints of salsa (so far, there's definitely more to come). I've also frozen 16lb of beans, about 60lb of zucchini, 5+ gallons of bortsch. The dogs and I are ready for winter!
About a week ago, I noticed the late afternoon light was perfect for photos, so I whipped out my camera. It is such a blessing to still have flowers and produce this late in the year! But, I didn't have a chance to download until this evening. These are probably the last photos of my garden from 2009, so enjoy!
Friday, September 4, 2009
It has been hot here all week - we've finally gotten summer weather right when fall is starting. Some of my plants look a little limp from the heat, but they're doing just fine.
I actually have some never-before seen blooms this week - yay! My morning glories, sweet peas, and sunflowers have all started blooming just within the last week or so.
Pretty purple and white morning glories
Here you can see how they're growing up my sunflower stalks
Friday, August 28, 2009
I don't have very much that is new this week. Most everything I featured last week is still going strong. One thing that I didn't include last week was one of my barrels of geraniums, and those are the only blooms I'm flaunting this week.
I am, however, flaunting some vegetables. With the exception of my regularly-sized tomatoes (which are still a frustrating shade of green), my veggies are doing well and I've been enjoying their abundance for a few weeks now.
Make sure you stop by Tootsie Time to check out all the beautiful gardens and let us know how your own blooms and growing things are doing.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
The first tomato of the season is alway a delight. How best to enjoy it? Straight off the vine, eaten like an apple? In a sandwich? And, if so, which sandwich? While a BLT is always a good choice, my personal favourite for fresh garden tomatoes is on whole wheat toast with mayo, homemade dill pickles, and cheddar cheese. Or, perhaps in a salad, perhaps a Greek salad; or more simply, the tomato with feta and oregano tossed with olive oil and red wine vinegar?
In the end, I decided to have it on a cracker with a smudge of cream cheese. A cherry tomato only goes so far anyway ;-)
Friday, August 21, 2009
But I snapped some pictures on my lunch break today and this Fertilizer Friday, I am ready to flaunt:
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Monday, August 3, 2009
My sister was over a few weeks ago and suggested I try cooking the beans differently. I took her advice and wow! They were really good. I started by sauteing a minced clove of garlic in olive oil, throwing in 2c of sliced fresh mushrooms, and after those started to create steam, 1-1/4c fresh royal burgany beans from my garden.
I cooked them all over med-high heat until the beans were tender.
As promised on the seed package, the beans turned green as they cooked. I seasoned to taste with fresh ground pepper, seasoned salt, and lemon pepper. They didn't even taste like beans. So, unfortunately, I can't tell you if the royal burgandy beans taste different from regular green beans, hahaha. But, they were yummy!
Do you have a good green bean recipe to share?
Friday, July 31, 2009
I'm off to Tootsie's to check out the other gardens. Thanks for visiting today!