Garden Update 7/19/14

I had this post ready to go yesterday, but got distracted and forgot to hit publish. We are still picking squash, peppers, and tomatoes, but our cucumbers are yellowing so we may be done with them. Mom and I need to check our potato towers. I know that it is past time for potatoes but it’s hard to want to check them because we already have a bunch of local potatoes in our laundry room. We’ve eaten our weight in sweet corn already this summer, so we’ve been freezing the rest of the ears we’ve gotten from my granddaddy.

My shallots look so good. I ended up tossing only about 10 in total thankfully. I used two small ones yesterday when I was cooking some squash and zucchini, but only because I was too lazy to go get an onion. I used my own shallots, my own squash, a local zucchini – no wonder it tasted so good (I did add a touch of olive oil, salt, pepper, sugar, and a small dollop of bacon grease – that could have been it as well).

Agenda for today (Sunday):

  •  Grocery store – Since I’ve been making smoothies for breakfast for going on almost a month now, I’ve been going through some fruit and milk/coconut milk. I try to use as much homegrown produce as possible and I’m thankful that a coworker gave me a bunch of blueberries from her bushes to replenish my supply.
  • Can sweet pickles – This is the second batch of pickles this season using my great-grandmother’s recipe and cucumbers from our garden and my granddad’s garden. While my great-grandmother prefers to let hers soak for 10 days, we shortened it to 7 for our own purpose.
  • Create a batch of plum/white peach jam – The plums are from a neighbor and the peaches are from our tree.
  • Get a batch of stevia extract going – My stevia plant is out of control and I found just enough vodka in our pantry to start some extract. I really need to get more alcohol if I plan to make sure extracts/tinctures, but I hate the thought of going in to the liquor store for some reason.
Overview of the garden as of this morning
Overview of our garden, taken this morning
While my mom is terrified of tree frogs, I love them and was thrilled to see this guy perched on the stalk of one of my sugar cane plants.
While my mom is terrified of tree frogs, I love them and was thrilled to see this guy perched on the stalk of one of my sugar cane plants.
Our cherry tomato plant is looking good! We thought we had a plant at the beginning of the season but when that plant produced a tennis ball sized tomato, we realized that we should pick up another cherry tomato plant.
Our cherry tomato plant is looking good! We thought we had a plant at the beginning of the season but when that plant produced a tennis ball sized tomato, we realized that we should pick up another cherry tomato plant.
We are starting to see some grapes turning but we still have a ways to go before we can eat them.
We are starting to see some grapes turning but we still have a ways to go before we can eat them.
Scotch Bonnet pepper growing, maybe the size of a quarter currently.
Scotch Bonnet pepper growing, maybe the size of a quarter currently. The other two plants still have nothing but blooms on them.
My handsome Ziggy, looking quite regal and cozy.
My handsome Ziggy, looking quite regal and cozy.

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Spotted this tennis ball sized
Spotted this tennis ball sized Early Acorn Hybrid Winter Squash looking good.
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