I also have several wild roses that appeared this year, but they haven’t bloomed yet. I wonder if they will.
Have you been blessed with any rogue flowers in your garden this year?
This post is linked to Flaunt Your Flowers Friday at Tootsie Time.
Yesterday, I shared how being a lazy gardener is both frugal and green. However, there are some things that I find putting a little effort into pays great dividends, namely my vegetable garden.
I finally captured an eggplant flower! Since the eggplant is still flowering and because it does not like cold, I am adding it to my winter container garden.
When you transplant an eggplant, pepper, or tomato plant great care needs to be given to not disturb the roots anymore than is absolutely necessary. Plan to dig a very large root ball and if you are putting it in a container choose an oversized one.
Since I have had problems with squash bugs this summer, I will pull out all of the squash and cucumbers plants as soon as I harvest the last squash. Then I will burn the plants in an effort to eradicate the bugs. I will use the ashes to amend the soil for next year’s garden.
I have at least 12 of these gianormous squash, even though I did not intend to grow acorn squash. Since we had such a long winter, my garden got off to a late start. I started to panic and was afraid that none of my seeds would germinate, so I bought a 4 pack of seedlings labels crookneck squash. My zucchini and straightneck squash seeds germinated and produced fruit before the store bought seedling even produced a single flower. Once they finally started producing fruit, I was confused because they were the weirdest looking crookneck squash I had ever seen! Once they matured a bit more I realized what I had on my hands. Being lazy didn’t quite work out as planned this time!
Each one of my potato plants is producing 3 –5 pounds of potatoes! I dig up all of the potatoes by hand so that they will not be damages by the tools: So far I have only been digging up what I will use for dinner that night, but I will dig up all of the potatoes before the first hard frost. Potatoes can weather a light frost, but they should never be allowed to freeze. After I dig up the potatoes I cure them by letting them sit for about 2 weeks in a dark, cool, dry location. They will be stored in our garage this winter which remains very cool, but does not freeze.
Since we have such a short growing season, I start my tomatoes inside while there is still snow on the ground. Once it warms up a bit they are moved to a portable greenhouse and sometime in June they are moved to the raised bed garden. Despite this tender care, my tomatoes got off to a rough start this year and I wondered if I would ever have much of a harvest:
My worrying was for not! That is one of four cherry tomato plants. I also have two Romas and two Early Girls that I use in canning, which is another area that I expend quite a bit of energy.
How do you prioritize the work you do in your garden? And, iIf you have any acorn squash recipes, please leave me a link!
There are many great cucumber sandwich recipes for feeding a crowd. The problem is that since the recipes are intended to make a lot of sandwiches, we tend to only serve them when there is a crowd instead of enjoying them on a daily basis. Below is an easy recipe for one cucumber sandwich. You can easily double or triple it for a small tea party.
2 tablespoons cream of cheese
1 teaspoon creamy Italian dressing
1/4 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon minced onion
2 slices of bread
12 thin slices of cucumbers
In a small bowl, mix cream cheese, dressing, and onion. Spread the cream cheese mixture on the bread slices:
Place cucumber slices on one slice of bread:
Top with the other slice of bread. Cut into triangles, but DON’T cut off the crusts because that is just a waste of good bread! :D
And if there happens to be any cream cheese mixture leftover, feel free to scoop it up with some cucumber slices:
How do you enjoy your cukes?
I tell everyone that I plant vegetables in unusual colors for my kids. I say that “kids like eating colorful food. It makes meal times more fun…” But I also tell people that I am reading the Percy Jackson books so I can discuss them with my children. And I tell people that I watch Pixar movies with my kids, because “it is important to watch movies with your kids rather than use them a video as a babysitter”. Truth be told, I enjoy colorful vegetables, children’s literature and Pixar movies, as much as, if not more than, my children!
My son is proudly holding an Atomic Red, a Lunar White, and a Bambino Carrot. We pulled a few carrots for a salad. I hope the next time we pull one up we get a Cosmic Purple!
The first couple straight neck yellow squash on the bush below, were unsurprisingly yellow. The last several squash have been green on the bottom 2 inches of the fruit: They still taste like yellow squash to me.
One of my green bean plants is producing purple green beans: I don’t know why I have purple green beans. I only know that I did not plant any purple green beans. Of course, I did not plant morning glories in my potato patch, but some were growing in there.
And how about one normally colored vegetable? I have never been so glad to see pumpkins ripen! Last week, I went to 7 different stores trying to find pureed pumpkin and finally settled for pureed sweet potato. In response to last year’s pumpkin shortage, I planted Small Sugar Pumpkins which are great for baking. However, it will be a little while before this one is turned into a pie: Last week I picked up a few ears of Sweet Red Corn at the Farmer’s Market and it was the best corn that I have ever tasted. I definitely want to add some to my garden next year and not just because it is red. Really!
Do you like eating unusually colored vegetables? Or do Blue Potatoes just seem wrong to you?