Saturday, October 16, 2010
Monday, August 16, 2010
Sunday, August 1, 2010
This is our first meal where everything on the plate was from our garden. We harvested everything today except for the beets (see golden beets below), they were picked a few weeks ago and pickled. The menu consisted of potatoes baked on the grill, purple haze carrots, curried yellow squash, salad with sungold tomatoes and nastursium, raw broccoli, kolrahbi and freshly made applesauce. Nothing better than fresh picked vegetables!
Since we have put up the hoop houses the tomatoes are growing at a faster rate. We pull the sides up during the day to get more heat in and at night lower the sides to keep the heat in. I will start to put lighted candles in the hoop house soon to give a little more heat at night. I will just put the candles in a water bath, so I feel safe during the night.
This is the first year I have been successful at growing onions. We have shared some with neighbors, pickled julienne cut onions and a few made it on a pulled pork sandwich. The rest are hanging in a basket in the kitchen waiting for further instructions. I need to make a cold cellar.
We put these two hoop houses over the tomatoes because we have not had a consistent summer of temperatures for tomatoes. Last two days in the low 70's during the day, 50's at night. I guess that is why most commercial growers here do Green houses, hot house etc.
Saturday, July 10, 2010
We have had our first summer temperatures. We went from 67 degrees to 97, 95, and today it is 83. The garden is loving it. Now we need the summer here to stay for a long time. Here in the NW we have had a slow start with produce. Great plants, now we need the fruit to ripen
Friday, June 18, 2010
Saturday, May 29, 2010
While the spring rains are falling they are not kind to the iris once it has bloomed. This was taken during our short warm spell, I think it lasted about 5 days. This is my favorite iris, it's only downfall is that it smells like a rootbeer float. Which by they way smells pretty good but everytime I walk by them I start craving rootbeer floats. I guess I will go get some rootbeer now!
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Saturday, April 17, 2010
I am planting purple haze carrots. They are purple on the outside and orange on the inside. They lose the purple color when you cook them. Great flavor. I don't like to thin out, I feel like I am wasting the product so I planted each carrot seed one inch apart. Time consuming I know.