Category Archives: Gardening

First Half of August in Photos

cucumbers

My cucumbers are yellowing again this year. This is what they looked like just a couple of weeks ago (above). Now they’re pitiful…

Last year I thought they had too much sun and not enough water, but now I realize they’re getting infected with something by the time they mature. I’m afraid I will have to harvest what I can tomorrow and pull the plants out so they don’t infect anything else in the garden. Oh well – more room for the fall and winter garden…

Summer Means Green Fried Tomatoes

My mother made, her mother made them… how many generations ago this started I’ll never know, but I’m sure glad it did. Unbleached all-purpose flour, sea salt, ground black pepper, a smidgen of baking powder – dip the sliced green tomatoes in water, then the flour mixture, fry on med heat (cast iron skillets are my pan of choice – as well as light olive oil), turning, ’til coated in crunchy, golden brown goodness- let cool and drain on paper towel covered plates. This is the taste of summer…

Summer Afternoon Rains

Today’s Harvest…

Then I spent most of the day washing, re-washing, chopping and freezing kale. I’ll be going back to growing Nero Toscana kale from now on, as it was not only incredibly beautiful in the garden, but much smoother leaved and therefore less prone to hiding caterpillars in it’s furls and folds like this batch of Blue Curled Scotch.

First Summer Harvest

While we have been experiencing this national heatwave, we’ve still been blessed with enough rain here in the mountains to keep the garden quite content- actually thriving. My daughter harvested two huge market baskets of raspberries a few days ago (and made our favorite raspberry crisp!)

 

and today I found my first ripe tomato

and zucchini-  I LOVE this time of year! We still have chard and kale that I need to freeze and now the summer crops are starting… I love it.

Our fluffy, happy hens are still laying plenty of beautiful brown eggs. We did have one hen go “broody” on us a couple of weeks ago,

so we had to learn how to help bring her back to the flock. Basically she just had to spend three days in a large wire puppy crate in the outside area of the chicken coop, where she couldn’t get back to the nests. She was so happy to get out and start scratching around with her “sisters” when she finally got back out, and sure enough, she really was completely over her “broody” spell.  That’s one more thing we know how to handle now…

Hope you’re all keeping cool enough out there…