... where the fruits and vegetables are Garden-Fresh and the prices are Dirt cheap.
Just thought I'd share some pics of this year's effort. It's a labor of love and something that provides more than just the fruits of one's labor. I
find that having one's feet firmly planted in Mother Earth can be quite stress relieving, as well.
From the top of the garden:
Various tomatoes: (2 red, 1 yellow, 1 plum, 2 grape)
The three on the right are called "World's Largest", and they're from seeds that a friend's father has kept going since the 60's. Each year we keep
and dry the seeds for the next year's planting. They just seem to get bigger and bigger. The plum tomato also comes from similar seeds, and the fruit
is closer in size to a large pear than a plum. They're great for sauce, but most of these will go into this year's Salsa.
Grape tomatoes: (close up)
Thin-skinned and super sweet. These look like a friggin' vineyard at the moment, as they're simply loaded with fruit.
Cucumbers, Zucchini, and Tomatillos:
We've gotten dozens of cukes and zucchini so far, but the tomatillos have a while to go before they'll be ready. We have both slicing and pickling
cukes, and so far have put up 5 quarts of Garlic Dills and several more of cucumbers and onions in a sugar and vinegar brine.
Tomatillos: (close up)
They're interesting in that the husk starts out like a chinese lantern which the fruit eventually grows to fill. They make an excellent cold soup that
is thinned to desired consistency using heavy whipping cream. I first had it while working for a caterer in San Antonio years ago. They're also very
good in Salsa and many other mexican-style dishes and recipes.
Corn: (nothin' but corn)
A few dozen ears of the early sweet corn so far, but this (silver queen) has a week or so until it'll be ready for picking. Oh, but when it is ...
there's nothing better. Slather with butter and pass the salt and pepper. Mmmm.
Probably harvested about 10-15 pounds so far, and they just keep coming. Eat some, freeze some, give a lot away.
Pumpkins: (Giant type)
These are fun to grow, if only to see just how big they'll get. We had one the other year that was over two feet in diameter and had to be rolled as
it was too big (bulky) to lift and carry.
They make for some awesome jack-o-lanterns, too
From the bottom of the garden:
Various sunflowers: (Giant and mixed colors)
Last year the giant ones grew taller than the peak of the roof, with heads that measured over a foot across. We'll roast the seeds from a couple of
them, but the rest get hung to dry and are then placed outside come winter. They make for excellent natural bird feeders.
Just a random shot off the back deck:
Various peppers: (green, sweet green, habanero, jalapeno, green chile, and anaheim)
There's cilantro, peppermint and spearmint in the above as well. Most of these will be used for Salsa ... I love salsa.
So there you have it ... our own personal produce market.
Any other gardeners out there? Care to share Your efforts?
[edit: to add - 5:45 p.m.]
In hindsight, I truly hope that the "Care to share Your efforts?" didn't seem a bit pretentious. (?) ... it certainly isn't/wasn't intended in that
manner. My thoughts simply being that it IS that time of year in many members' locale, and that perhaps we could share the "fruits" of our labors.
THAT ... and or the dishes/foodstuffs made from such.
[edit on 29-7-2007 by 12m8keall2c]