Monday, September 29, 2008

Garden Updates

Soybean (edamame) plants with cabbage nestled in the middle amoung marigolds and sweet alyssum.

Nappa Cabbage (hakusai), with Garlic shoots along the egdes

Volunteer Tomatoes, flowers but no fruits yet.

Top row: the end of the corn stalks being used as mulch to conserve water. Beans and Peas will be grown there. Bottom row, the amazing zucchini plant that is still producing, with baby yam leaves peeking at the zuke's roots. Shyungiku(edible crysanthemum) on right.

Late cucumbers, melon and pumpkins already succumbing to powery mildew

Saving Seeds

The Plate is full of tiny Hopi Red Amaranth seeds. It came from one plant.
The Tubes have Passion Fruit (from Farmer's Market) and Bok Choi from the garden. The quarter is there for size.

Jerusalem Sunflower seeds drying. Some will be toasted to eat. The biggest will be saved for seed stock

Friday, September 26, 2008

Harvest Updates Sept 19~Sept 26

Nappa Cabbage, zucchini, tomatoes and one blackberry

Amaranth, these are dried, then "massaged" to harvest the tiny seeds

more tomatoes, okra and a miniscule broccoli

dirty red potatoes, the rug is outside, don't worry

1st persimmon, some blackberries, okras, oranges and a tiny strawberry

Zucchini, greenbeans, tomatoes, orange and 1 blackberry

Oranges, peppers, tomatoes, greenbeans, okra, blackberries, 1 strawberry and 1 snowpea

persimmons(notice they are rather green, we have to beat the squirrels to them),tomatoes, greenbeans, mini pumpkin(the mystery squash) & 1 blackberry

persimmons, pumpkins, okras, tomatoes, greenbeans and potatoes

ordinary oranges

more nappa cabbages...kimchee here I come!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Homemade food

Homemade gluten, egg, dairyfree pancakes, sausage is not homemade.

Grape Jam on homemade Gluten free bread. The jam was made from grapes I crop-swapped for my oranges. Caleb loves the toast with the grape jam!

Harvest Updates Sept 3rd ~ Sept 18th

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

funny lookin Corn

In Japanese they say,"It's missing teeth"

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Canning Pasta Sauce

Did you wonder if we ate ALL those Tomatoes we kept harvesting? We did eat some, gave many away, but they kept coming at one point. These are some of the left-overs. Before they spoiled, we decided to we ought to attempt our very first "serious" canning session. We had a total of 13.5lbs of Tomatoes. The crazy thing is, I thought that was a lot of Tomatoes, but the Ball "Book of Canning" called for a Recipe of 45lbs! So we calculated it to fit our poundage. We used homegrown Tomatoes and Basil, Farmers Market Onions, Co-Op Garlic and Organic Lemon Juice. Tim helped me a LOT with this, since everything needs to happen quickly. Thanks Tim!

Aren't these pretty?

Harvest Updates Sept 2 ~ Sept 9








Our corn is funny looking but at least it's edible! They are small, now that I look at it, the Okras look like them. The weather makes it weird. I don't know what to make of it. One day it's hot, then very cool the next day. I hope this winter isn't too cold.

Garden Update

Amaranth, Okra, little broccoli and cute little boy


Chinese Chives in full bloom, they invite lots of bees

Sunflowers Drooping heavy with seeds

Tomatoes drooping too, still producing!

second round of cucumbers, beans and some mystery pumpkins

Nappa Cabbages finally growing after shielding them from the finches which ate the Sunflower leaves and these tender greens