Gardening in the Blind


Forgotten Zucchini
September 4, 2011, 8:43 am
Filed under: Cooking/Canning/Drying, Squash

How did I miss this??

Zucchini has an uncanny ability to hide from sight.  This is why I grow the costa romana zucchini.  It doesn’t get mealy in texture when large.  But I was obviously not doing my job when I found this one!  I took the picture with Deron’s blackberry next to it so you could get an idea of just how big this zucchini was.  I did what any person would do.  I sat down and started grating.  I knew it froze nicely grated.  I like to keep it in packages of 3 cups as that is how much the zucchini bread recipe I use takes. 

After an hour of grating, I was finally finished with task.  I set aside two cups for a zucchini ginger cupcake recipe I found on epicurious, and froze two bags of three cups and one bag of 2 cups.  Wait, I’ll do the math for you.  That made 10 cups grated zucchini from just one.  Guess I need to poke around a bit more from now on!

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My Victory Garden
May 30, 2011, 8:44 pm
Filed under: Garden Planning, outdoor gardening, Seedlings, Squash

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This year I was going to do something completely different in the front.  I would need to expand it, tear up the “grass” and supplement the soil.  Well, it took one hot day for me to change my mind.  The soil was rough and the weather was HOT and HUMID.  So I went back to the drawing board quickly.

Here is what I decided on doing:

I expanded the garden by 12″.  I then turned all the soil and leveled it out a bit.  Last year I dumped a lot of leaves on top of the garden, then continued my efforts of supplementing the soil by dumping all my pots on top.  This worked out better then expected.  I think do it again this year for one or two beds.

Next I planted a row of tomatoes.  (at this point 31 tomatoes planted) After planting the 7 tomatoes I marked out two rows of 3′ squares. Here I planted CT field pumpkin, zucchini, ground cherries and butternut squash. The remainder of the space was for terragon and cucumbers.
After a trip to home depot, I put a fence around it and will keep my fingers crossed!



Ghostly white acorn squash
August 9, 2010, 8:53 am
Filed under: Cooking/Canning/Drying, outdoor gardening, Squash

Ghostly white acorn squash growing

This is my second year trying the white acorn squash.  Last year was a wash for all squash.  This year is different.  I planted two of the plants next to each other in my front “Victory” garden.  They are a bush plant so spreading would not be an issue.  I planted them kind of close and kind of half-hearted as I was sure that they would die before producing anything.  Boy was I wrong.

I have already picked one, leaving 4 more on the plants growing.  I am amazed how compact the plant is and how much it is producing.  Although I have not eaten the one that was picked, I know I will grow them again.  Who could pass up something looking so different and unexpected.  I will follow-up after I make it to eat to let you know what I thought of the flavor.  Who knows, tomorrow is supposed to be cool, maybe I will fire up the oven and roast with some butter and brown sugar..mmmm  Now I can’t wait for tomorrow!



My first zucchini ever!
August 7, 2010, 7:40 pm
Filed under: Cooking/Canning/Drying, outdoor gardening, Squash

Zucchini plant - look hard there is one growing in this picture!

It has been a few weeks ago, but I finally picked my very first zucchini that I grew from seed.  I think I am the only one gardening, that wishes I had more zucchini.  I am lucky though.  I am growing Costa Romana Zucchini.  They are great because if you miss a zucchini (which I did when it was buried under the entire plant) and it gets huge (easy as I swear they double over night) These do not get mealy like the “normal” green ones.  I think it was love at first sight.  So to celebrate, I made my mothers zucchini bread…mmmmm!

I truly believe that next year I am going to grow a couple of plants.  I really want to get enough to make my mom’s zucchini relish.  I think that might get her out here to visit…we will see….



Planting is done! (for now)
June 15, 2010, 8:12 am
Filed under: Garden Planning, Herbs, outdoor gardening, Squash, Tomatoes, Uncategorized

Left side of yard - Beds 1,2,3 from roof

Just what am I growing this year?  Curious?  I was very surprised when I got the final list together.  Below is the list, without quantities.  I will blog more about tomatoes a little later discussing the final count.  But until then, here it is:

Last 2 beds from roof

Herbs: Winter Savory, mint, lemon balm, thyme and lemon thyme, horehound, oregano, lavender, camomile, bee balm, borage, rosemary, eucalyptus, mallow, marshmallow, soapwort, rue, feverfew, wormwood, tarragon, many different basils, chives, garlic chives, parsley, dill, and marjaram.

Vegetables: 4 types of cucumbers Boston pickling, red, lemon and climbing; garlic, over 19 different varieties of tomatoes, 2 eggplants- fairytale and ping tong long; white acorn squash, zucchini, pumpkin, 5 types of carrots, mini red bell pepper, tomatillos, many varieties of cut and grow lettuce, kale, kohlrabi, cabbage, 5 types of hot peppers-2 different cayenne, red lantern, jalapeno and a mystery; 3 types of pole beans-Wren’s egg, Kentucky wonder and scarlet runner; 4 types of bush beans-dragon, cranberry, blue lake and Jacobs cattle; 2 types of onions-candy and mars; shallots, peas, Nicotiana, broccoli, turnips and parsnips.

Fruit: Blueberries, Glenora Grapes

I think I got everything.  I might need to update again if I run across something not listed.  But it is nice and green and lush.  I am looking forward to a great season hopefully.  I just know the rain is going to stop!



My front garden
June 8, 2010, 12:13 pm
Filed under: Garden Planning, outdoor gardening, Squash, Tomatoes

My entire front garden

As in past years, one of my favorite things is to plant out my little victory garden patch in the front side yard.  This year I increased the size just slightly.  It has made a delightful patch to come home to every day.  I planted the beautiful scarlet red pole beans, tomatillos, an eggplant, 10 tomato plants, one japanese eggplant and two white acorn squash.  Everything is looking healthy so far.  I can’t wait to see everything producing.  It should be really nice to see.

tomatillos

What makes this extra special is that it has everything that I grew by seed with the exception of the japanese eggplant that my friend Gwen grew for me.  It makes me smile every time I pull into the driveway to know I grew everything planted.  Wow I am growing leaps and bounds with my knowledge of plants.  I have to admit, I love it!



Weed Central, How may I overtake you?
May 29, 2009, 4:53 pm
Filed under: Cantainer Gardening, Herbs, outdoor gardening, Squash, Tomatoes
It's that time again!  The first bunch of herbs to be hanging in the window for drying.

It's that time again! The first bunch of herbs to be hanging in the window for drying.

I have been weeding and weeding and weeding my beds.  It seems weeds have out numbered my plants is some cases.  The problem is that I have to wait for what is planted to start to come up in order to know what to pull and what to leave.  

I find it curious that so many plants look like clover when they are just coming up from the ground.  Take kale for example, it looks like clover with a purple coloring or my summer savory – small clovers.  It is interesting that they all start out looking a like but are so very different.  Some grow tall, some stay small, some bushy some lean.  It just goes to show you not to judge the little ones because they grew up to be very different.

So, parsnips really aren’t coming in.  I am half tempted to plant it out as beets at this point.  I am going to give it just a little bit more time before I do that as this was a Deron request.  But on the flip side, for all those out there reading this that got christmas presents from us last year, you better start using them up as I am starting the drying process again already.  It made me so happy to look up at my windows in my kitchen and see four bunches of herbs drying in the sun.  I told Deron that if there was one thing that made me happy it would be to see the herbs in the windows in the kitchen.  It makes it so welcoming and comforting all in one.  He did not say anything, but I think he agreed with me.