Monthly Archives: July 2014

First Tomatoes & More Blackberries

It’s the last day of July, and I’ve finally picked some ripe tomatoes.  I already had gathered some green tomatoes earlier that had fallen off the vines. Actually, someone was “picking” the tomatoes before I got to them.  The tomato on … Continue reading

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First Blackberries

Not many, but there should be more soon.  

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Daylily Flowers

My early-blooming and repeat-blooming (which bloom both early and late in the summer) daylilies produce many flowers early in the summer, but the flowers are small and uniformly colored.  My mid-season and late-season daylilies have large, multicolored flowers that are worth waiting for. I … Continue reading

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Turning Cabbage into Sauerkraut

The napa type of Asian cabbages that I plant tend to rot from the inside if we leave them in the garden too long, so we decided to make sauerkraut with most of the cabbages that remained in the garden. … Continue reading

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First Beets

We harvested beets today for the first time this year.  They don’t take this long to grow (I planted beets ‘red ace’ in garden bed number two on May 13th) but we kind of forgot about them until now.  Luckily, beets … Continue reading

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Morning Glory & Bees

First, the morning glory vines I transplanted are doing well, climbing and flowering on the bamboo poles I tied to the railing.  When I moved them, the soil they were growing in was so dry that it crumbled.  I essentially … Continue reading

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First Eggplant (and a recipe)

We harvested our first eggplant (also known as aubergine, melongene, garden egg, guinea squash, or brinjal) fruits (technically berries) yesterday.  We transplanted the plants into garden bed number four on June 1st.  They are growing well despite having a maple … Continue reading

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Cabbage Patch “Weeds” & Pollinators

We have been harvesting and eating cabbage for over a month.  We still have several cabbages growing in the first garden bed.  The cauliflower plants haven’t started making heads yet, but the kale is growing well.  We’ll eat kale in the fall; … Continue reading

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Snapdragon Flowers

I planted snapdragon ‘rocket red’ seeds in a large pot on April 21st.  I also planted some sunflower ‘dwarf sunspot’ seeds on April 23rd, but although they came up and grew, they subsequently died. The snapdragons are now blooming profusely.  Since … Continue reading

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First Beans & Some Peas

Tonight, we picked the first beans of the season.  We also picked a few ‘super sugar snap’ peas, but there won’t be many more peas this year. The biggest yield of this first picking came from the ’emerite’ pole beans. … Continue reading

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