Thursday, May 31, 2012

Quick Garden Update

So today is my last full day at my job. I am so excited to start my new one this upcoming Monday! I stayed up last night trying to make from scratch cupcakes for my very first time....not just that but red, white and blue cupcakes from scratch. This did not work out, and I will be posting the results later...

One small downside is my new job will begin thirty minutes earlier than my current one, so in order to play with my garden in the morning, I will have to get up LOTS earlier....which may or may not happen every single day. So, here's some shots I was able to get over the past couple of days:
look a there, a mater buried in the bush! 

The tomatoes seems to be coming along now and there is very little blossom end rot since we returned. 

These heirloom tomatoes are just gorgeous. We haven't had rain in quite sometime around here, and combined with a high bird population it forces us to bring the maters in to finish ripening. Caprice salad here we come, yum! 
We have harvested a fair amount of Tomatillos so far too. Salsa Verde, we're on our way! 

The eggplants have turned into booty kickers too. One plant (pictured) literally has a dozen eggplants on it. 
Just this morning my White Eggplant finally became visible-pics to come...

I had said I would post pics of the serranos and jalepenos, but I didn't say it would be pretty. I took this picture during the heat of the day when the plants look all puny and wore out. Not to worry, these serranos are all nice and healthy and have just the right amount of heat.

The watermelons (sugar babies) are really starting to come along. Its almost panty hose time! woot woot!

The pickles are still sticking to one per plant (even though others have been pollinated), and some of them are looking gnarly as crap. They should be ready to harvest soon.

Finally, the herb bed is doing not that bad for how little sun it gets. I hope to have a real herb bed at the next place we live. Along with an entire raised bed just for strawberries
-clears throat-you know who, I'm talking to you ;)

Thanks to the long weekend we just had, I was finally able to put away the last of the carrots harvested from the winter garden. Since canning is SO involved, and freezing is far less, I opted for freezing them. I boiled them for three minutes and then immediately "shocked" them (threw them into a bowl of ice and water to stop the cooking process). I divided them up into "ready to eat" for our size family servings. The bigger carrots were sliced, and the baby carrots were put together for use in a stew or pot roast.

Finally, I'd like to give a shout out to my little garden guardian. He keeps the garden safe while I'm at work-although he is busted for sleeping on the job more often than not. But I love the little fella.

Hope you enjoyed my little garden update, and as a very wise man once said:
"Life's a garden, dig it!" -Joe Dirt

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