Archive for the 'Vegetables' Category

 What We’ve Been Up To

Yes, it’s been quite a while since we’ve posted anything.  We’ve been busy:
1. Starting a new business.
2. Raising over 300 plants from seed for the garden (in our tiny little kitchen).
3. Successfully rehabilitating a Little Brown Bat (in our bedroom).
4. Watching an Eastern Phoebe couple raise their chicks right outside our back door.
5. And enjoying [...]



 The Great Garlic Experiment – Year 2

It was a lovely fall day today, and it’s time to plant next year’s garlic crop.  We saved some garlic heads from this year’s crop and I’m anxious to see how well they dried and cured.
First, I have to scrape off the straw mulch and do a bit of weeding.
I like to layout the planting [...]



 Picked 537.6 Cubic Inches Of Peppers

Doesn’t quite roll off your tongue like picking a “peck” of peppers, does it? But that’s officially what a “peck” is.This year we grew Gypsy (sweet), Anaheim (mildly spicy), Salsa Delight (spicy) and TAM jalapenos (not as hot as regular jalapenos, ’cause we’re pepper wimps).
Last year, we roasted and canned a lot of our hot [...]



 Frost on the Butternuts

One of my favorite fall vegetables is butternut squash.
We start the plants from seed in the spring and let them sprawl all over a straw covered bed in the back of the garden.  These are the variety ‘Waltham’ from Johnny’s Seeds.
I think baby butternuts are so cute.
Midsummer, the squash look like this.
They are ready to [...]



 Putting Up-Beets

We picked a mess of beets yesterday.  Some were as large as a baseball.  We grow the Red Ace variety, which does very well for us and they stay very tender – even when they look like baseballs!
Time to do some canning.
First, cut off the greens.  Leave a couple of inches of stems attached.
Wash them [...]