We live in zone 6a and I have been gardening and cooking for years. This blog is an opportunity for me to share with you my success and those failures that come about on occasion. Plus, I want to hear from all the gardeners and bakers and cooks out there and learn from you. Feel free to share your ideas.







Sunday, October 5, 2014

Updated Harvest

We had a cold snap last night and so I went out to pick lettuce and chard. They did fine. But I am glad I brought in my Meyer Lemon.


Saturday, September 27, 2014

Last Of Tomatoes

Yep, this looks like this is it for the tomatoes from the garden. I must
 say it has been a good year for this delicious vegetable or is it a fruit?



State of Garden

Last night I took a tour of the garden and it is very apparent that Fall is here. So I decided to pick a bunch of zinnias to preserve Summer, at least for awhile. Nice.



Sunday, September 7, 2014

Eastern Redbud Tree Planted

We had 2 trees taken down in the back which left a big open space to be filed in. I love redbud trees and found just the right one this weekend. I a very picky when it comes to these trees. I usually want at least 3 branches and a nice upright shape. Well I found the perfect specimen and it now has been planted. Hopefully it will do well.

Fall is the effect time to plant a tree around here. Here is hoping that we will get some flowers on it next Spring.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Photos of the Garden

I have been very remiss in posting photos of the garden. I am already harvesting my second planting of green and yellow beans. Last year I tried to plant a second round of beans and the bugs went after the leaves. This year has been very successful. Frankly this has been a good year, except the eggplant did not do so well. Can't have everything
 It has been a great year for tomatoes, but I would not grow Mr. Stripey again. Mr. Stripey just did not produce.



I also tried Kellogg's breakfast, but it just was not very tastey
.

 Ah, the Meyer Lemon is loaded with blossoms. Hopefully, that will mean lots of lemons.



One of my three eggplant. Last year I had a bumper crop.



Zinnias are one of my favorites. They just sing of summer.



Bumper crop of round two of beans and  lettuce and round one of kale.

 Basil has been unbelievable. So far I have 16 packets of pesto frozen and I could probably make another 6 at least.

I know this is not the greatest photo of my tomato plants. But they are at least 6 feet tall. I planted 4 plants in one 4x8 foot raised bed.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Listening to KFBK radio Re: Earthquake impact Napa area

Listening to KFBK radio concerning the earthquake's impact in the Napa area. Typically I listen to Farmer Fred on KFBK for great gardening advice every Sunday. Sounds as if the area was pretty hard hit, but they are saying if it was going to hit, it was better to hit in the morning instead of during the day when everyone is out.

I love the Napa area: such a wonderful place.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Stink Bugs and Tomatoes

I have had a good crop of tomatoes so far this year. Pictures will be coming soon. However, what I saw today was a first for me. Stink bugs seem to have landed on my tomatoes. I was able to knock them down and smash them. But I have never had to deal with them before in the garden. Makes me wonder if we will have them in the house this winter. I hope not.