Archive for the ‘ Veggies ’ Category

Birth!

The mature peach tree that split in the storm regrew well last year

and has blossoms this year!

The Black Plum is huge and fully in bloom:

Here comes the Rhubarb!

Golden Oregano:

All the Helleborus are bowing their heads, lavender, black, green:

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A Picture that says it all. . .

The sun is shining into my studio, hitting my white robe (yes, sitting here in my fuzzy robe and slippers) and bouncing back onto my monitor. It is so bright in here I need sunglasses to type!

My studio was on the North side, creating accurate lighting for painting, but my mother suggested I would be happier with the sun streaming in a South facing studio. She was right! If I lived somewhere with consistent sunlight, the North studio would be ideal, but not here, where even a graphic of a yellow round thing elicits waves of anticipation.

Isn’t it beautiful! And there are FIVE of them, all in a little row! Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy! My posts will go from maudlin’ to manic in short order.

The ground is finally drying out a bit so I am putting peas in this week, along with spinach and other greens. Hopefully they will not rot.

E and I are going to dig this grass plant out and expose the nice white landscaping rocks that have been taken over by this creeping crud, that has now turned the corner and heading up the other side of the property.

It is hard to believe that these areas will look lush again, but they always do. Here is what it looks like now. . .

These same areas will look like this in no time at all!

Well, that is if I rebuild the chicken run and keep them from eating every sprout that comes out of the ground. They are particularly fond of anything from the allium family and will eat my 10 foot tall Oriental Lilies down to a nub in the dirt.

I have so many gigs of photographs, that I have decided that this year I will photograph less, garden and paint more, and just share the ones I ALREADY HAVE. Fortunately all of the photos are organized by months, so all I have to do is share my March photos from the last few years and no one would no the difference anyway!

I am heading out now for a day in the sun with all my animal friends and wee plants poking their heads up from a mild winter’s nap. Too mild. The mosquitos are terrible already.

Harvest Spilling out of Cornucopia

I am processing as fast as I can, but the boxes of apples and loads of pumpkins are taking over the house. I always forget how many apples come off the trees and it overwhelms me quickly. The jars are loaded with dehydrated vegies from the garden and the dehydrator is running with roasted onions right now. I like to bake them first to a golden brown otherwise the flavor is too hot and sometimes bitter. The Welsummer and Cuckoo Marans just laid their first eggs, but the Black Copper has still not started again after going broody.

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Sorry Mom, the guest room is also being used! Seeds drying on every flat surface available, but if you want to visit, I’m sure I can find room for you either in the greenhouse with the rabbits, or the chicken house! 😉

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The apples are ripe!

My tree graced me with close to a bushel of perfect gala type apples which I will be dehydrating this week. No sprays and very little attention yet this tree consistently produces perfect, unblemished apples, so no credit goes to me.

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Winter Squash Harvest

The Winter Squash were not pleased with their new beds, as a result, I only ended up with 35+ for storage. The Red Kuri were successful again, and will turn bright red in storage:

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This variety is a mystery still. It was labeled as a European Melon, so I sliced into one in August and it was still green and was not sweet at all:

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So I let the remaining ones stay on the vine. Each one was picked a week or so apart, and is turning a deep red orange, so my guess is the variety is a squash that was mislabeled. I have searched the internet for anything that looks like it, but have been unsuccessful. The largest one is over 15″ wide. If it keeps well and tastes yummy, I will definitely grow it again:

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My favorite pumpkins are always the New England Sugar Pie. Small and sweet! This one is turning from green to orange:

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What I picked today. . .

The first close-ups are Nyagous- a prolific black, Great White- which is more yellow than I had hoped, and Pearly Pink- a gorgeous deep pink similar to the Pink Millionaire.

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The large purple tomato is Black from Tula, which has been prolific and extremely tasty. I am retiring Cherokee Purple this year for average performance, but mainly due to lack of taste. The Black Cherry remains the most flavorful of the purple and black varieties, with Black Brandywine being the most flavorful of the large varieties. Morado Purple is another giant tomato with a satisfying flavor.

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The large green fruit in the last photo is super sweet, even sweeter than the Green Pineapple. It is an heirloom variety named “Aunt Ruby’s Cherry” according to the package. It is neither pink nor small, so either the package of seeds was mislabeled, or I have consistently mislabeled the pots when sowing each year. My guess is that these monstrously large fruits are in fact Aunt Ruby’s German Green, but I am pleased with the mix-up.

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Thanks to Mr Henry for posing as a size comparison. As you can see, many of the tomatoes are as large as his head, and Hank is a LARGE kitty kat. Also for comparison, the ones that are the whole width of the 2 x 6 planks on the deck. Also in the collection are Tigerella, a medium-sized red/orange stripe, very prolific and full-flavored, and Cream Sausage which produced over 100 tomatoes on one plant, firm and tasty like a paste tomato. Imagine the beautiful sauces!

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