Posts Tagged ‘vegetables’

June in the Garden

Sorry I have been missing in action.  Things have been crazy around my house and it is time for Summer Reading Club at work.  By the time I get through one of those days, I am exhausted.  But my garden has been growing with or without me.  I went out this morning and made some pictures that I would like to share. 

Sungold tomatoes almost ripe.

The tomato jungle in front of the porch.

Basil in the herb garden.

A cucurbit that volunteered under the blueberries.

This is what the fruit looks like. I think it is a butternut squash.

Chickens.

One ripe blackberry.

Artichoke?!

Amish Paste Tomatoes.

Baby Pears

Swiss Chard

Black Mission Figs.

The original three beds of my garden with peppers in the front, squash in the middle and okra in the back bed.

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Fall Planting

Well, we have been going forward with the removal of plastic, but mostly we have been eating locally as much as possible and planting the fall garden.  We have carrots and beets in and a wide variety of greens, green onions and an even wider variety of lettuce.  I’ve still got to plant collards and broccoli and garlic.  I’m sure there is something I have forgotten.  The greens and the carrots and beets are sprouting.  I love those little green plants happily coming up all over the dark raised beds.  They are the prettiest shades of green.  

I made ratatouille on Friday.  I had never made it before, just seen the movie.  But I had that late summer abundance of eggplant, zucchini, bell peppers and tomatoes and was looking for something to do with it all.  The recipe I came across on the internet turned out to be the classic Julia Child one.  I have her cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, but have only ever made a couple of things out of it.  I think I may have to make more things from it.  The recipe is fairly complicated and requires a lot of attention and time.  But it was well worth it.  It was so delicious, almost sweet with all those vegetables condensed down. 

And now a word from Pat:

Does Plastic = Metal? Do you remember the Sesame Street game where you choose the one thing is not like the others? Apparently the folks at Google, either never played that game or always got it wrong. I searched for *metal freezer containers*, which you would think would return links on, well, metal freezer containers. Not so! Shopping results were for “4 Pack Freezer Containers” (two different stores, both plastic) and Arrow *Plastics* Freezer Containers. I should snail mail Google’s research lab a whiffle ball and a rather large ball bearing. Both round, etc., but one is made out of plastic and the other out of metal. Don’t know if that will help but will let you know if I get a response.