It was another incredibly hot week here…with no end in sight. As of this weekend, it’s also been three weeks since my garden has seen rain. Needless to say, my poor plants are struggling to survive. Even with my watering, it’s been tough on them. However, my sweet babies have continued to give me something in a way of harvest – even if the fruit is small. This past week, I’ve harvested 1.75 pounds of raspberries, almost a half pound of small melons, almost 1.5 pounds of squash, 2 pounds of pumpkin, a little over half a pound of tomatoes, 3.5 pounds of eggplant, and 2.75 pounds of peppers (mostly chiles). My garden is like the Little Engine that Could! Garden Bounty photos!
It was another HOT week in the garden this past week, and I didn’t get done as much as I had planned. So yes, I’m now behind on my garden chores. However, I did prune my tomato plants, which I had not done in three weeks. It took me several hours, but I increased the circulation among my plants and tied new branches to the stakes. At least I accomplished that in this 90 degree heat! Yet, despite my being behind on feeding and treating my plants, they are still growing and producing. This week’s garden pictures!
In 2006, I traveled to Lima, Peru on a short-term missions trip. While I was there, I ate ceviche for the first time. Served with purple potatoes and Incan corn, the fish had been soaked in lime juice and was dressed in a creamy, pepper-hot sauce that was incredibly tasty. I loved that meal and wanted to find a way to have it again in the States. Our interpreter had told me that the spicy sauce over the ceviche was made with rocoto peppers, but seven years of searching for those peppers in grocery stores and markets has been unfruitful. That’s when I decided to grow my own rocoto peppers (as well as purple potatoes this past winter). Well, my rocoto peppers started ripening last week, so it was time to have my Peruvian meal. Ceviche with Peruvian Rocoto Sauce!
During this past week, we had quite a bit of rain. In fact, one evening, my back yard received 4.5 inches of rain in three hours!! Thankfully, unlike neighborhoods a mile or so away from me, my yard – and raised beds – did not flood and the puddles drained quickly. There was no damage to my garden either, other than a couple of tomato plants (and stakes) falling over from the soggy soil. Despite the mini monsoon, I was still able to do a few things in the garden, including applying organic fertilizer to what’s still growing. Although my garden is in between planting seasons, there still some things going on. Take a look!