Category: Growing Vegetables

Entry 60: Hot Stuff! Check out this awesome haul of peppers we…

Entry 60: Hot Stuff! 

Check out this awesome haul of peppers we got from the garden today! The pepper plants have been doing really well this year. They are enjoying the extremely hot weather we’ve been getting. 

The rest of the garden is doing fine, we finally got a winter(or maybe it was the bitter) melon that’s taking shape. We’ve moved away from using too many fertilizers and additives this year so things are taking a little longer to develop. But can’t complain about the excellent produce we’ve been getting regardless. 

Entry 59: Still GreenHey everyone. Apologies for the EXTRA…

Entry 59: Still Green

Entry 59: Still Green

Entry 59: Still Green

Entry 59: Still Green

Entry 59: Still Green

Entry 59: Still Green

Entry 59: Still Green

Entry 59: Still Green

Entry 59: Still Green

Hey everyone. Apologies for the EXTRA long absence. Life has been really busy but I’ve definitely been keeping up with my gardening. I wanted to do a extra large photo post to make up for lost time. 

So in the top row we have a photo of some tomatoes, chilies and snow peas. It’s all still green so I’ll be waiting for the tomatoes and the chilies to turn red before I pick them. The snow peas are good to go, I’ve already taken a good batch of snow peas in to make a stir fry. The middle row of pictures is sort of a before and after shot of the lettuce. The photo on the left is from a few weeks ago (I was going to post it earlier but never got time). And the photo on the right is from today. I’ve already harvested some of the leaves for salad so it looks a bit thin but the leaves are much larger then they were a few weeks ago, The last row of photos show some banana peppers and a flower from the bitter melon. No bitter melons yet but I think it’s still early in the season. So I will be patient. Happy gardening!

Entry 57: New Batch! It’s finally time! I went to the farmers…

Entry 57: New Batch! 

It’s finally time! I went to the farmers market and picked out these bad boys. The latest selection includes:

– beefsteak tomatoes
– roma tomatoes
– jalapeno
– sweet banana peppers
– cayenne
– california wonder peppers
– celery
– pickleling cucumbers

I’d still like to pick up some kale, lettuce, onions and bak choy but there are gardening depots popping up all over town so I’m sure I’ll be able to find them.

The weather here has been inconsistent. A weeks ago it felt like spring and then it was immediately followed by two days of near freezing temperatures. But this coming weekend is suppose to be nice. Will have to find some time to transplant these guys outside. I’m also working on a side project where I planted the free seeds I got from the library. Will try to give an update on those when they start popping up. Let me know what you’re growing this season! Happy gardening!  

Entry 56: Moving In!So it’s getting a bit chilly in this part of…

Entry 56: Moving In!

So it’s getting a bit chilly in this part of the world. I’ve decided to take action and transplant my super, spicy peppers into containers so that I can move them indoors at a moment’s notice. We’re trying something new this year and are going to try to keep these guys alive through the long winter. I hope to have some nice peppers next growing season. I’m really hoping that they survive, I haven’t quite figured out where to place them but I will keep you posted.

Entry 55: First Day of Autumn The day has come. It’s…

Entry 54: First Day of Autumn – Pic 1

Entry 54: First Day of Autumn – Pic 2

Entry 55: First Day of Autumn

The day has come. It’s September 23, the first day of fall. That means summer is officially over. The garden has been winding down for a while now. We’ve been harvesting, and giving away, tomatoes. We’ve got way too many. 

Surprisingly enough there’s one plant that has been thriving the last few weeks. That would be the eggplants pictured in Pic 1. The whole season we’ve seen maybe 3-4 eggplants but they’ve really shown up the past week. There are 3 currently growing on the plants. This was really unexpected. My theory is that we had them too close to the cucumbers, they ended up taking over the place. But after we removed the dying cucumber plants they were allowed to shine.

The second picture shows the minestrone soup I made this week with some celery and tomatoes straight from the garden (Pic 2). I didn’t get the consistency quite right but the taste was still good. It had a ton of vegetables including, carrots, onions, potatoes, green beans, tomatoes, zucchini and celery. Yum! I actually got the recipe from youtube. Let me know if you’d like to check it out!

If you ask me it’s definitely been another successful growing season. Happy havest! 

Entry 51: Stuffed PeppersTime sure flies! In a few days it will…

Entry 51: Stuffed Peppers

Time sure flies! In a few days it will be August and in a month’s time summer will wind down.The good news is that the garden has been producing a nice steady stream of peppers and cucumbers. It will probably continue into the fall season…hopefully. I’m still waiting for those roma tomatoes to ripen. I can’t wait!

It’s a short post today. Just wanted to show off some of the peppers harvested yesterday to make some delicious stuffed peppers. These ones were stuffed with a fish paste. I like using the green banana peppers because they’re mild and not too sweet so it goes with the fish. They were pan fried and served as a side. Ripened peppers also work. I just couldn’t wait anymore! Yum! 

Entry 50: Yum! So the past few days have been hot ones. The…

Entry 50: Yum! – Pic 1

Entry 50: Yum! – Pic 2

Entry 50: Yum! – Pic 3

Entry 50: Yum! 

So the past few days have been hot ones. The garden is really loving it. A lot more cucumbers are appearing and the peppers and tomatoes are ripening. So things are looking good.

Today i wanted to bring you a snap of the eggplants (Pic 1). They’ve really starting to make their move, despite their tiny stature. That eggplant pictured will probably be ready in a week or two, depending on how the weather holds up. I’m looking forward to putting some barbecue sauce on that and grilling it up! Yum! Pic 2 is a nice shot of a kale and celery delivery I’ll be making to a friend’s place today. He’s a big fan of kale smoothies. Yum! Finally Pic 3 is a nice tuna salad sandwich I made for lunch today. It’s got some canned skip jack tuna, mayo, green onions and some homegrown celery and jalapenos. Yum!!! There’s nothing like fresh vegetables in a dish!

Entry 49: Nice!So there has been a lot of progress lately since…

Entry 49: Nice! – Pic 1

Entry 49: Nice! – Pic 2

Entry 49: Nice! – Pic 3

Entry 49: Nice! – Pic 4

Entry 49: Nice! – Pic 5

Entry 49: Nice! – Pic 6

Entry 49: Nice!

So there has been a lot of progress lately since the temperatures have risen. I’ll let the pictures do most of the talking. 

But here’s a little background. Pic 1 shows the lovely roma tomatoes. Have a few of these vines growing. Pic 2, is a prickly cucumber. I’m told the bumps go away as they mature. I’m not really sure about that but I guess we will see. Pic 3, is herb corner. Showing off some thai basil and other goodies. Pic 4 are the cherry tomatoes, with a red one finally making an appearance. Pic 5 is a shot of the cucumber plants. A few weeks ago they were barely off the ground. Today it’s like they’ve taken over! Finally, Pic 6 is one of the pepper plants standing tall.

In other news, I transplanted a lot of the pepper plants to where the lettuce used to be since we harvested most of that already. This will give them a little more room. And hopefully keep them away from where the bugs like to settle in the mornings.  

Entry 48: Warming Up!So the weather is finally drying out and…

Entry 48: Warming Up! – Pic 1

Entry 48: Warming Up! – Pic 2

Entry 48: Warming Up!

So the weather is finally drying out and warming up. Which is great news for the garden. The cold, wet weather was sort of bringing everything down. The peppers were the only ones producing fruit but most of it wasn’t ripening. The lettuce and kale were doing alright as well. Harvested a few romaine lettuce heads for salads. They were tasty. Nothing like a fresh salad in the summer time. 

So Pic 1 shows one of the Roma tomatoes that appeared this week. Finally! The tomatoes make an appearance. There are a couple of smaller cherry tomatoes but they’re still green on the vine. Pic 2 is the celery in the foreground. Will probably harvest some of that for some chicken noodle soup soon before it gets too old. A little further behind the celery is the eggplant. They are tiny. Not sure why they’re doing so poorly this year. The flowers are appearing but the plants aren’t spreading out. Keeping compact for some reason. Perhaps I didn’t leave enough space for them and they know it. Finally in the background are the cucumbers. They have grown! There are a ton of yellow flowers but no fruit yet. I think we’re going to have to wait a bit for those. Regardless, things are looking good in the garden. With some nice weather in the forecast, I think we’ll be looking at a happy harvest.