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

 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.