Jun 17, 2009

June is Busting Out All Over

Looks like the Whippersnapper will be the first over the finish line this season! With all of the rain we have been having, and the general lack of sun or warmth, I have my doubts about this season altogether. At least I know that these three little guys are going to tough it out. I am however worried about the state of the 3 Whippersnapper plants themselves ....they are already tightly rooted in their hanging baskets even though they were recommended as a good hanging basket variety. I am finding it hard to keep up on their water requirements as I am not used to watering every day....but I will definitely try harder to remember and to grow used to this amount of watering. I really like the decorative look with all of the functionality.

I am so happy to see the few bunches of Blueberries gracing my sad little bush. I am truly ashamed to admit that last season, the second season for this bush being in my yard, I totally forgot to water it during the driest hottest part of the summer. Needless to say I lost half of the bush, and had little hope of any meaningful recovery or growth, not to mention any type of harvest. But here we are looking at at least enough berries to make a batch of muffins and have a few left over for on top of yogurt or cereal or to even snack on while planning on making muffins...oh I can hardly wait.

My other Blueberry bush, a lovely wild one that my father brought home years ago, and who was lovingly transplanted into my garden when he and my mother sold their home, is pretty sad on the cropping front this year. I don't know why as it was absolutely covered in blossoms earlier this Spring, but the berries are few. Oh well , not every season can be stellar.

This Raspberry season looks stellar though .It is hard to tell by this picture, but the Black Raspberry is dripping with fruit just waiting to ripen. I am already full of visions of jam and pie. Just a few more weeks and my fingers(and face) will be purple for a week for sure.

Jun 12, 2009

Who Made the Garden 2009 *Update*

Just a quick update for the "Who Made the Garden" post. I will be adding another variety to the list of tomatoes in the garden for the 2009 season- Cherokee Green

This lovely tomato plant was a gift from a new gardening pal who stopped by my garden this past Friday. I met her thru a gardening site that I frequent by the name of Gardenweb. The 'Tomato' Forum of that site is just filled to the brim with informative postings of just about everything tomato, and the rest of the veggie and plant forums that are there are just as inspiring. Also, there are a huge bunch of wonderfully knowledgeable people to connect with who love gardening and farming,that is a huge plus right there. If you haven't stopped by that site, you should(and no I am not being endorsed by them to say this, I just love the site).....but I digress.... We had a really nice visit, and it was refreshing having someone around that actually appreciates the art of veggie gardening.

So I am now the proud Momma of a beautiful Cherokee Green, and I can hardly wait to get it into the garden and onto this seasons Tomato List.

Jun 8, 2009

Summery Scapes

I always feel closer to Summer after the Garlic Scapes are harvested and enjoyed. And this afternoon was no disappointment. There were more scapes this season than last, but I am not complaining at all. Not even one little hint of complaint. I was initially going to reserve a few for later and cut up the remainder into 1" or 2" lengths and add them sauteed to other veggies, but after looking at them all afternoon I couldn't help myself, and I ended up sauteing them all up for dinner.

First They were lightly blanched in boiling salted water for maybe 2 minutes.

Then they were quickly shocked in cold water to keep them crisp and refreshed. Then it was on to the saute pan in Extra Virgin Olive Oil, a little Kosher salt, and freshly ground black pepper. They only spent a few minutes in the pan getting hot and a tiny bit of caramel color in a few spots. Then I plated them up and finished them up with a splash of really fine Manicardi Balsamic Vinegar Acetaia 21(yum).

There should be a third picture, right here, of the finished Scapes....but we ended up eating them all as soon as they were done. Of course I realised after the fact that I hadn't taken a picture. Oh well...there is always next season.

Those Scapes were divine.

*edited to reflect that these are Garlic Scapes