The weather this week has been beautiful! Temperatures in the upper 70s/low 80s during the day and in the upper 50s/low 60s at night. After two weeks of dry weather, we got an inch of much-needed rain. Next rain storm? Not for at least 10 more days. Great weather for harvesting, not so good for new seedlings. At least I can water my little babies, which I do daily; and they’re growing quite well.
My carrots seedlings are coming up. I’ll have a heck of a job thinning them, but at least they’re growing.
I planted celery from seed for the first time, and the seedlings are just poking through the soil. I planted them in a pot so I could take them inside during the winter, then transplant them in the garden in the spring.
My cilantro is coming up – if I can just keep the blasted squirrels from burying their acorns in my pot!!
My potted parsley is in its second year, and it bloomed and seeded. Because parsley is a biannual, I didn’t think they’d “come back” after they were eaten by black swallowtail caterpillars. My flat parsley and one of my curly parsleys did come back. Surprise! The other curly parsley was dead. I put the pot aside to dump out into the compost pile, but I forgot about it. Good thing. It self-seeded, and now I have parsley seedlings! After I took this picture, I trimmed off the dead branches and watered these little babies.
While weeding my garden this weekend, I found a second watermelon growing. Very cool.
I pulled most of my black krim tomato plants, but I left two after severely trimming them. One of those two survived and now has a couple of tomatoes growing.
The leaves on one of my peanut plants is turning yellow. It’s a small plant, so I thought I would pull it up to see how close my peanuts are to being fully ripe. I wasn’t expecting a lot out of this plant, but I have about a dozen peanuts. (A far cry from the normal 50-100/plant, but this is my experiment.) I’m leaving the plant “in the field” to dry for a few days before I take the peanuts inside to cure for a month.
Yesterday, I planted about 150 onion seeds (red creole and barbosa), and about the same amount of my own Italian softneck garlic.
IN THE GARDEN:
My peas are doing well. I got 7 plants from the 8 seeds I planted in pots. They’re now starting to put out tendrils (though they have a way to grow before reaching the teepee trellis).
My lemon drop peppers are fruiting like crazy! I love these peppers. I add them to my hot pepper relish and my hot pepper jam, but I love to dehydrate them and crush them up to add to recipes.
Of the three flowers I had fruiting on my new elderberry trees, the birds (or other critter?) got most of them. However, I do have a handful left on one flowerhead, and they’re almost ripe.
Two of my six Black Beauty eggplant are fruiting well. Look at these eggplants! Most of them are on one plant, too.
Something is eating the leaves of my baby arugula.
My escarole is growing very well, and whatever is eating the arugula growing next to it is not touching the escarole. This week, I’m going to thin it out and add the thinnings to a salad.
While picking my raspberries the other evening, I realized that I have only a couple of bearing canes left. So, I decided to take a picture of what is close to the last raspberries of the year. (It was almost sunset, and my camera had a tough time focusing, it seems.)
While I was planting my onions yesterday, I found this large brown dragonfly sitting on one of my bamboo stakes. I didn’t want to scare him away, so I zoomed in.
IN THE KITCHEN:
The kitchen is starting to hop with the harvests coming in. I picked so many snap beans, I had to freeze some.
Remember all the basil I harvested last week? Well, the Lord blessed me with some pine nuts and I made pesto – which I then used in a basil pesto cream sauce for bow-tie pasta. It was AWESOME!
Last night, I made a batch of my hot pepper relish. I just love this stuff!
Click here to see the garden bounty I harvested this past week.
What’s happening in your garden and kitchen?