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.







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
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 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.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Apples

We built our house on land that used to be an apple orchard. There is one apple tree left and I learned the hard way to pick up the apples that fell to the ground. One year I waited too long and went out to to clean up the apples on the ground. However, they had all disappeared. I thought that was great. Not so. The deer had decided to devour them and would come back for more. Unfortunately, the more included, hostas, roses, and other fine plants. Once deer establish a path, it can become challenging to change their habits. I now spray the plants with deer repellant and the apples get disposed of ASAP.


Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy Fourth of July and Garden Update

Below is my first harvest of green and yellow beans which we plan to have this evening. The garden continues to do exceptionally well.


Carrots from the garden for tonight's dinner.






Of course one has to have homemade red velvet cupcakes. They are a tradition on the Fourth.


Saturday, June 28, 2014

Tour of The Garden and Garlic

There is only one thing worse than harvesting garlic too early and it is when you harvested it too late. So I decided to dig up one bulb to see what was happening with my garlic. All I can say is that this bulb is one big bulb. I planted Music and Siberian late last fall. Looks like I will be harvesting much of the rest of the crop in about a week and the balance the week after that.

The trial bulb of harvested garlic and a couple of scapes.






Basil and I am planning to make pesto this weekend.






Eggplant


Although not the best photo, this is the first year that I have been able to grow sweet peas with success.



Tomatoes are looking good.


More tomatoes.

Garlic and beans in the background.



Cabbages and carrots.


More garlic.



An empty area in our yard where we had English Ivy pulled up and 2 trees taken down. Hint: in my opinion do not plant English Ivy unless you want to really put the effort into controlling it. Our landscape designer years ago thought it was a good idea and I really did not know any better back then. The good news is that I will probably plant Mohawk Viburnums, Knockout Roses and Daylilies here.

 Below is a perennial bed. Pretty and easier to maintain than the English Ivy.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Harvest Monday -Rosemary

I decided to make garlic and rosemary roasted chicken tonight. I used the rosemary from the garden. What a wonderful herb- love the aroma. As far as the chicken, I use thighs, and thinly slice a couple cloves of garlic. Next I drizzle olive oil over the chicken thighs. I toss the garlic in with them and place the rosemary on the bottom of the baking dish with a little more olive oil. Then I lay the chiken on top of it, along with the garlic. Bake at 350 until done , which is usually 35 - 45 minutes.