Thursday, July 29, 2010

Here's What I Brought Home From the Garden Today

... or at least a sampling.

Items of note: The Butternut Squash - that's something that usually doesn't get picked until almost fall. In the garden, the color looked so rich, I imagined that they were ripe enough to take home with me. Now, on my back stoop... I dunno. They look kinda pale to me.

Purple Sweet Peppers - Dontcha love 'em?

Eggplant - I wasn't expecting them to be that shape, but all the eggplants have been long and skinny. Hunh.

Zucchini - My supply is dwindling. The plants have a blight and are collapsing onto the ground. I'm still picking a few.

One skinny cucumber.

Tomatoes Of Unusual Size - On the bottom, an ordinary slicing tomato. Yum. In the middle, slightly larger than average cherry tomatoes. On top, Tiny Bites. Can you see them? They're there, right above the cherry tomatoes. The tomatoes are a bit larger than peas and they are thick on my Tiny Bite plant. I've never grown them before and my friend who grew them last year isn't choosing to try them again this summer, so I'm interested in how I'll like them. I really like the IDEA, which is that they are excellent for salads. Instead of dicing tomatoes to add to your salad, you just toss in a handful of Tiny Bites.

Yukon Gold Potatoes - The plants are beginning to die back, which is an indicator that the potatoes are gaining their "winter coats" which will allow them to last throughout the seasons so that we can enjoy potatoes year-round. We dug some today because Brooks requested mashed potatoes for his birthday meal and my supply from last year's garden is gone.

A Sad Little Red Pepper.

A couple of jalapenos - I'm wondering what to do with them until there's enough tomatoes to do salsa. Any ideas?

Two Sweet Potatoes - Again, these are usually dug up later, but at the fair, the old codgers doing a whittling demonstration told Ava that she could start carving using a sweet potato and a vegetable peeler. Once the carving is how she likes it, she can stick it on a nail to dry in the air, where it will shink and shrivel until it is the consistency of plastic. It will keep that way, they said.

Carrots - The carrots in our garden seem to always turn out oddly shaped. See all the little tails at the end of the one? Oh well, it will still taste great in Garden Risotto.


  1. What a pretty photo!
    I read somewhere that carrots grown in sandy soil are straight, while regular soil makes them cork around (not that I've ever grown carrots).

    We have a stupid red pepper bush that's producing like crazy (and no tomatoes). Today I canned them like I would dills - just brine and red peppers. Now we'll have pickled peppers for - something. You can, more practically and simply, just chunk them and freeze them. Then use them as you would fresh jalapenos.

  2. Ok, I MUST know where you got seeds for the tiny bites. I thought I ordered those from Burpee, but that's NOT what I got at all, I got cherry tomatoes. I wanted the tiny bites for salads because I got some from an anonymous donor at church who brought them to share last year. PLEASE TELL ME WHERE YOU GOT THEM!

  3. Margo - Good idea. My friend Glenda told me she canned her banana peppers to use on sandwiches or for nachos. I need to remember that I can can peppers.

    VCG - I didn't get seeds. Darcey's SIL grew them from seed and Darcey passed the start on to me. Darcey didn't choose to grow them again this year, which makes me wonder if I won't like them. I do notice that they drop off the plant easily because they are so delicate. Maybe we could save some seeds from these tomatoes and you could grow your own next year.

  4. I would like that. I'm sure the seeds are miniscule! But it's what I was looking for and didn't get. No one at church had them again this year. I LOVED them.


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