Monday, August 18, 2014

In the Garden 8.18.14

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We are still dealing with warmer than normal temps here in Western Washington.  Today it is in the mid 80’s, which is better than last Monday, which was in the mid 90’s….way too hot for me!

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With such hot weather, some of the veggies have not done too well, even though we tried to keep them well watered.  Slowly, but surely we are pulling out and thinning the veggies.  The gardens look so much better in spring than in late summer!

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cosmos & zinnias

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coriander

(cilantro gone to seed)

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dill

(there is still some fresh dill in the garden, but I am letting these heads go to seed)

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cherry tomatoes

(none of the cherry tomatoes are small like the illustration on the seed packet, these are the size and shape of a roma tomato…oh well, still tasty!)

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mallow

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yellow zucchini

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green zucchini

(yes, both the yellow & green zucchini are turning into giants…it’s that time of year!)

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tomatoes

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small sugar pumpkins

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golden raspberries

(they are just now starting to ripen.  I think that I will have to add some to my yogurt in the morning!)

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apples

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zinnia

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echinacea

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milk thistle

(this flower has gone to seed, still kind of pretty though)

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cosmos

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veggies collected from the garden this morning…such a blessing!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Friday, August 8, 2014

In the Garden 8.8.14

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We have reached that time of year, where although the garden is producing, everything seems to be turning brown & crispy. 

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We have had very little rain this summer.  It seems like endless days of sun and heat.  I love the sun and blue skies, but I can do without the heat.  Also, it would be nice to take a break from watering all the time!

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cosmos

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small sugar pumpkin

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baby persian cucumbers

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pickling cucumbers

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heirloom tomatoes

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roma tomatoes

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green beans

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We have recently downsized our flock of birds.  We now have 2 full size buff Orpingtons and 1 bantam buff Orpington.  We found new homes for our Ameraucana hens and our duck.  With all the heat, our gals have slowed down on their egg laying.  That is just fine though, as we don’t eat or bake as much during the summer months.

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zinnias

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golden autumn raspberries

(this is the second batch for the year – they produce in spring & fall)

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blueberries

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tomatoes & carrots

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cucumbers & dill

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dill pickles

(7 pints)

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making relish – cucumbers, peppers, & onions

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cucumber relish

(11 half-pints)

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zucchini & carrot bread

Monday, July 21, 2014

In the Garden 7.21.14

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Well, we had a small amount of rain this past week during the night, but not enough to water everything very good.  Dragging around the water buckets and hose is a daily routine around here.

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We cleaned out some of the veggie beds this past week.  The sugar snap peas, broccoli, lettuce, and spinach all came out.  I am hoping to plant some fall veggie seeds sometime this week.

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milk thistle

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echinacea

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citrus marigolds, zinnias, cosmos

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zinnia

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yellow transparent apples

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green beans

(I think that we will be getting a good harvest of these this year)

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heirloom tomatoes

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heirloom tomatoes

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persian baby cucumbers

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small sugar pumpkins

(this plant is loaded with baby pumpkins)

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pickling cucumber

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nasturtium, marigold

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raspberries

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rhubarb, raspberries

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dill

(hoping it will last a bit longer so I can use it with the cucumbers to make pickles)

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cilantro

(turning in coriander)

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carrots

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cherry tomato, green beans

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garlic, onions

(the garlic will need to be harvested soon)

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zucchini

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more zucchini…and more zucchini…and more zucchini…lol