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Summer's Bounty (with pics)

Saturday, September 07, 2013

My garden has been amazing this year! We had a cool first half of the summer, and of course our lovely (NOT!) flood. The heavy rain did in most of the watermelons,

but the winter squash are coming on gangbusters!

I have pickled cucumbers, wax/banana peppers, and jalapeno peppers. I made one batch of Sriracha, which I shared with a friend who demanded more, so batch two will begin this afternoon.

I have harvested a few dried beans, and it looks like I’ll get a few more. They were an experiment this year and they worked out very well. Next year we’ll be putting beans in where we’ve had tomatoes the past few years to help build the soil.

Fall is just over the horizon, so it’s nearly time to dig up the potatoes and sweet potatoes.

We have new plantings of collards and lettuce coming in,

and more basil than I know what to do with! Well, not really. I will be cutting it back next weekend, I suppose. I already have one and a half pints of pesto. I will make some more for friends, and then just freeze some of the remaining pesto, maybe freeze some straight-up basil puree, and dry some of the leaves as well.

So much to do before that first frost! Then I have to re-do some of the garden. We experimented a bit this year and for the most part our feed-bag weed suppressors worked, but here and there the weeds poked through where the bags came together, so there will be trim work & I’ll be putting more bags down for the winter.

I know this is a ramble, and mostly just to say how much I love growing my own food, and spending time outdoors, and I have enjoyed sharing this with you.
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    I'm so impressed! I've never had success growing anything in AZ. Have to start planting about a month or two before you would "normally" think of doing and the stores don't always have the plants.

    Anyhow, if/when I move back home to Ohio, I'd love to try my hand at a garden. Tomatoes are on the top of my list. I haven't had a good tomato in 20 years. I dream about tomatoes so rich and flavorful you can practically taste the earth in them. Actually, the few times I've gone home over the summer I have practically binged on tomatoes. LOL Melons would be next on the list followed by squash (especially zucchini).

    Thanks for sharing the pics!
    1717 days ago
  • COOP9002
    Looks great. You have a gift.
    1718 days ago
    Wow- I'm going to come over and go grocery shopping in your yard!
    1718 days ago
    Wow! What a green thumb you have! Looks great! emoticon emoticon emoticon love your doggies too! emoticon
    1718 days ago
    I wish my garden had done as well as yours. We had too much rain during the summer. I did get some nice summer squash. I love the looks of your winter ones.
    1718 days ago
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