Monthly Archives: August 2013

Okra, Beans, Peppers, Tomatoes, & Blackberries

It’s been rainy the past few days, so we hadn’t picked vegetables for a while.  I’ve read that it’s easier to spread diseases among the plants when their leaves are wet, so I don’t like to work in the garden in wet … Continue reading

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Blackberry Jam

When you have more blackberries than you can possibly eat, you make jam.  My wife made these six one-cup sized (8 oz. or 237 ml) jars of blackberry jam on Tuesday (August 27th), starting from about 1.5 kg (3.3 lb.) of … Continue reading

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We’ve been harvesting a lot of tomatoes in the past several weeks.  We aren’t getting as many now as before, but we have a nice stockpile.  Tomatoes keep well, probably because of their acidic nature, so we can store them … Continue reading

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I’ve been nominated for a Liebster award!

The Novice Gardener nominated me for a Liebster award.  The rules are: 1. Thank the person that nominated you and link back up to their blog. 2. Answer the 10 questions which are given to you by the nominator. 3. … Continue reading

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Peach Daiquiri

What to do with all those peaches we harvested?  We’ve already made pie, had them on breakfast cereal and ice cream, and eaten them as snacks.  Here’s the recipe I use for frozen peach daiquiris. 2 medium or 3 small … Continue reading

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We found a mantis egg case in April, and now we’ve found an adult (or near full grown) mantis.  I know that these insects are very small when they hatch, but I never notice them until late summer, after they … Continue reading

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Beans, Peppers, Tomatoes, & Blackberries

I think I’m going to call these the “Big Four” for August.  If you’ve been following my blog, you’ll probably have noticed that pole beans, peppers, tomatoes, and blackberries feature pretty heavily this month.  The background photo for the blog … Continue reading

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Cabbage Seedlings

The cabbage family seeds that we planted on Friday, August 16th are coming up.  This is brisk green pak choi in the photo, but the purple pak choi, cherry belle radishes, starbor kale, and snow queen cauliflower are all sprouting … Continue reading

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Onions & a Carrot

We planted onions and carrots on April 7th.  We planted yellow onion bulbs three inches (75 mm) deep and a half inch (12 mm) apart so we could harvest them as scallions.  We didn’t use all of them, however, and the remaining … Continue reading

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Weekend Harvest 03

Another weekend, another harvest.  My daughter has been picking blackberries and tomatoes nearly every day, so we didn’t have so many of those to pick today.  We only pick peppers as we use them, or if they get red, so … Continue reading

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