Week: 24 & 25 Tomato Madness

When it rains it pours! And it’s raining tomatoes in my garden. The first that began to ripen were the cherry tomatoes.

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Then came the grafted San Marzano and regular Roma tomatoes. The grafted San Marzano tomatoes were said to be beefsteak in size but still have the rich taste of a Roma.  I grew both varieties from seedlings and both by sight and taste, I cannot tell the difference.  They’re equally delicious.

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Since the tomato supply is never ending I decided to can these tomatoes in the same way I did last year, pureed. Read all about how to can tomatoes here. I’m hoping to maybe can some salsa. Though it’s much more time consuming than pureeing tomatoes in a food processor. If you’ve got any good recipes feel free to share!

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You’ll never guess what else just popped up in my garden…green beans! (and more tomatoes) I can’t wait to munch on these. Maybe I’ll even freeze some!

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I leave you with a picture of Pepper chilling on the couch….See you next time!

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Week 23: Where Have I been?

Hey Friends! Sorry I’ve been absent these last few weeks, I got married and went on a honeymoon in Mexico so there’s no way  I could’ve gardened or told you all about it. 😉

Upon our return two weeks later, we have ALOT of weeds. It’s been tough maintaining a well manicured garden as we’ve been preoccupied with all the wedding maddness. But the good news is that we are beginning to get lots of Tomatoes and with that I give you… a random recipe.

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Kim’s White Bean- Corn Roasted Veggie Salad

Ingredients:

  • 8ish Cherry Tomatoes sliced into bite sized pieces
  • 1 – 2ish Peppers (in this case pepperoncinis) diced
  • 2 – Ears of Corn Boiled and cut (Local Grown Lancaster County corn from Stauffers of Kissel Hill is the best!)
  • 1 – can of Cannellini Beans (though you can use any kind)
  • 1 – Lime
  • 1/4c olive oil
  • 3T of chopped Cilantro
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  1. Pre heat oven to 350.
  2. Whisk together Olive oil, Cilantro and Juice from the lime, Pour over top of chopped veggies.
  3. Mix with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Roast for 20 minutes on 350

BAM! You’re done. You can eat this with corn chips, on salads or even AS a salad. It’s yum tacular.

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More to come! What are you making with your garden tomatoes?

 

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Week 20: Veggies Are Ready for Pickin’

PHOTO MONTAGE! 

 

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Oh and some day lily. 😉

 

 

 

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What’s in your garden?

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Week 19: I Grow Flowers Too

This last week I’ve really noticed my flowers coming into bloom. The hydrangea are really spectacular and my container garden of wave petunias and zinnias is getting full as well.

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I started my zinnias from seed. The variety is called “State Fair” and the blooms get s big as your fist. The anticipation with these is killing me!!! I just recently started seeing buds.

The daylilies out from are just coming in as well. They’re a rich yellow color. I like to think that my curb appeal is pretty good:

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Back in the veggie garden I’m harvesting a lot of strawberries from our little patch and some cherry tomatoes & peppers. They’re great for salads.

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In conclusion I leave you with my owl vase and two hydrangea that I cut. It’s too bad these don’t live longer in water! I’d love to stare at them all summer long.

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Week 18: Planting Shrubs

This past weekend I went to my parents home in the Poconos and subsquently to our lakehouse.

I snapped a few pics of mom’s window boxes, hanging basket and her flag out front. She always does a great job!

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Unfortunately I forgot to take picture of Dad’s garden. But trust me when I say it’s awesome! He’s got lots of lettuces growing. I sampled the romaine and can tell you it’s delicious.

At our lakehouse this weekend, I planted two Wedding Gown Hydrangea and a Rhododenron. There were two Rhododenrons already established:

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So my goal was to plant one other on the other side of the steps out front, and to plant the hydrangea near the front steps.

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The Wedding gown hydrangea are a dwarf hydrangea that spread about 3 feet wide and tall. They like part shade so this was an ideal spot. I measured out the distance from the wall (roughly…) and dug a hole as deep as the container. This was easy. Then I wrestled the hydrangea out of it’s container with an exacto knife.

I didn’t want to rip the flowers out. 😛

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The Rhododendron was even easier. I did the same thing, dug a hole as deep as the root and then  popped it right in there. I did bury it a little with the existing dirt.

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I believe that I will need one more Rhododendron to go on that newly planted side.

Now for the tough stuff. I went to plant on the side that already had Rhododendron there and encountered lots of rocks. They were super annoying during this digging process. It’s something I didn’t even think of but it is certainly a real factor in frustation while planting. Consider yourself warned.

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I learned how to plant trees and shrubs from this Video on Stauffers of Kissel Hill’s website.

Here are a few keyshots from the on the lake that evening… the one on the right is of the supermoon.

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Have you ever planted a tree or shrub?

 

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Week 17: Picking some veggies

Well we’re in the 17th week of the garden and I’m happy to report I have been harvesting some veggies!!!

Peppers are popping up, pictured here is the jalapeno, peperoncini and bell. I used the bell pepper in a stir fry with diced tomatoes and zucchini (store bought), and the pepperoncini was diced up and added to my salad.

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Speaking of salads, I read somewhere that adding fresh herbs to salads gives a little zip so I’ve been adding basil into my fresh picked lettuces. 

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And mint to my cut up fruit, cantaloupe is store bought but these strawberries are from our little patch outside!! Soo good!

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Finally, out of curiosity I pulled out a carrot, just to see what’s going on there, and it looks like they’re still growing and will need a few more weeks to develop.

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What veggies are popping up in your garden?

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Week 14/15: Blooming! Growing! Almost Harvest!

My garden is really bursting with salad-y goodness!

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My mesculin mix is at the end of it’s run and the romaine lettuce is coming in nicely. Though as you can see the arugala is really crowding the romaine so I’ve got to harvest that ASAP.

The Onions are looking beautiful but I am not pulling them out until the leaves turn brown. I learned that in this video on how to grow onions.

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Herbs are spreading in their containers looking lush! I’ll be posting recipes soon 🙂 Any that you care to share?

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The pole beans were planted by seed two weeks ago and have already sprouted. I have three plants right now so I hope I get lots of beans.

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And you’ll never guess who made an appearance: my pepper & tomatoes!!

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On the fruit end, we’re rocking strawberries and nectarines! My fiance says we can have nectarines next month (fingers crossed). Last year our strawberries were eaten mostly by birds but so far they’ve not raided what’s ripened. I think we’ll have a lot more to enjoy this next week. FYI– This strawberry patch has rebloomed from last year and grows right next to  my peppers and the spinach.

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In other news, Pepper and I have been getting fashionable and pose-y in the garden. Growing our own egos. 🙂

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What’s growing in your garden?

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