Garden update and bargain perennials – woo hoo!

I have been on the prowl for some more perennials in my garden, bargain perennials, especially.  I am seriously lacking summer color.

sale_plant_real_dream_shasta_daisy

Daisies and Lillies were some of the plants on my want list, so when I spotted these on the garden center sale rack, I had to take them home.

sale plant group

Marked down to $3/ pot (with an original price of $11.98) they were like four for the price of one.

sale_plant_big_time_happy_lily

Total. steal.

sale plant group

They just needed some love and to get into the ground.

sale_plant-tag _Real_nest_daisy

I have been watering them every other day and so far they are looking better.

The days around here have been very busy.  The harvests are bountiful.  We have been preserving food like crazy, eating largely vegetarian meals and giving away produce to friends, family and coworkers.

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Our vine crops at our remote garden are looking good – we have some nice mature squash and pumpkins that are ready to fully mature soon.

Acorn_squashThis guy is mostly orange already.

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check out some of my baby pictures…

Butternut_squash_baby…and there are more…

 

tiny_butternut_squash…plus pumpkins

tiny_orange_pumpkinA lovely little fall berry crop is slowly coming in too.

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Just when I thin that I have canned, frozen and dehydrated all of it…

another_day's_harvest

I have also been working on some decorating and remodeling projects (mostly that is Hubs) and I am taking pics.  I want to share, but it is just too crazy in this good weather I have to deal with garden and produce as a priority.

typical dinner harvest

Garden update – Canning and preserving has begun!

 

Wow, once again this week got away from me!  I have been so busy canning and preserving the garden bounty that I have been neglectful in posting.  Today’s garden update includes a lot of canning and food preservation.

On my way out to the garden I saw this Rose of Sharon in full bloom and swarmed with bees.

hibiscus blooming and buzzing with bees

Cherry tomatoes are slowly ripening daily…cherry tomatoes are ripening daily

and the peppers

cherry hot peppers turning red

are going crazy.

banana peppers are growing like crazy

Here is what I picked one day to make cucumber pickles and pickled hot peppers.

first canning harvestHubs was in charge of most of the harvest through the week and though he better not pick too much.  That is how a zucchini will get away from you fast.  This is possibly the world’s largest zucchini.  For scale, those are 4″ wide deck boards, so she’s about 20″ long.  This got shredded in the food processor and jarred up for the freezer.

worlds largest zucchiniWe are typically picking something like this each day for dinner.  Stuffed banana peppers and a cucumber, pepper salad sprinkled with cherry tomatoes as our side dishes and maybe some grilled zucchini too.

typical dinner harvest

The little tomatoes are just starting to come in and we are waiting patiently for this guy to turn red.

waiting for red on this tomato

Then there is the remote garden.  More zucchini, tons more cukes, peppers and almost a half bushel of green beans.

remote garden harvest

Also some exciting things are happening at the remote garden.

yellow transparent apple

The Yellow Transparent early apples are ready.  We had major fruit drop on this tree, so there are only a few.  The deer and rabbit ate well though.  Baby pumpkins are developing nicely.

Baby pumpkin...awww

I froze 18 pints of green beans so far.  I’m just starting to freeze some peppers for winter use.  Pickled 8 pints of cucumbers and 6 pints of hot peppers.  I have also made dandelion jelly, strawberry, gooseberry and raspberry jam 3 or 4 pints of each, depending on the recipe.  Here is a grouping of some of these items here.

first canning batch 2015

A great farm kid August lunch.

farm kid august lunch

Peanut butter and gooseberry jam sandwich, cherry tomatoes and the first handful of husk cherries.  Yummy.

 

The remote garden is growing well and a garden update

I have a garden update on how well my remote garden is growing.  I know that I have mentioned it before, but I have not take any photos of it this year.

We were able to pick about 5 quarts of black raspberries.  They were just coming ripe and now they are at peak.

Raspberries ripe and ready

The Hubs had just freshly tilled between the rows of green beans, which were looking good.  The remote garden has been such a saving grace.  I am too embarrassed of what the green beans in the home garden look like to even show a picture.  Poor germination, yellowing leaves and overtaken by grass.  These babies are doing great.  Plenty to harvest to eat fresh and to freeze for winter.

green beans in rows

He also tilled around the pumpkins and squash.  The vine crops are off to a great start too.

Pumpkins and sqaush

The cucumbers are loving their happy home under the black plastic.

cucumber plants gaining size

The peppers are looking great and have lots of small fruits as they grow along side the beans.

Peppers and beans

Meanwhile, back at the ranch…

I spotted this amazing spider web sight when I glanced out the window.  Later, without the morning dew, it was not nearly as impressive or imposing.

huge spider web filled with dewThe pepper plants are loaded!  All the necessary ingredients for stuffed hot banana peppers are awaiting harvest any day now…

Lots of peppers on the plants

We can see developing tomatoes along with oodles of blossoms.

Tomatoes and blossomsOur first zucchini is just a few days away.  Eggplants and okra are steadily developing fruits and getting larger.

Eggplants and okraThe sunflowers continue to climb to the heavens.

Sunflower height is increasingCheck out this super heavy duty hose cart the Hubs ordered.  Aesthetically, it is not so great, but can be wheeled out of sight quite easily.  It is super functional when you have 300 feet of hose to wrangle.  It came from AM Leo and if it is as good as every other tool that we have purchased from them, it will serve us well for some time.  (Seriously, check them out.  I am in no way getting compensated for this endorsement.)

The new hose cart

I am eager to start eating all of this tasty produce.  Then when we are overwhelmed, the food preservation will begin.  This weekend I am going to make jelly and jams.  The deep freezer needs a thorough cleaning and defrosting, so I will get to that as well.  We also plan on tilling up those awful green beans and plant a fall crop along with peas.  I so want peas.  We did not get this veggie garden started early enough for spring crops this year.