Summer is finally taking a bit of a nap...things slow down and it gives us more time to
enjoy the long days
and the beauty of all of our hard work in the garden
it means lots of vegetables and fruit
the excitement of beginning to plan for fall
We have had a very mild summer,with below normal temperatures,
which has made the lettuce crop amazing...the tomato plants however,
are not so happy
I direct sow my lettuce either in large 2 ft x 4 ft sections
or long rows
It's nice to mix up the plantings to create patterns
and fun color variety in every bed
This summer I planted little micro greens which are meant to be harvested when they are very tiny...well not quite this tiny, but wow are they tasty in a salad
Salad greens are picked in the morning and washed a few times in the salad spinner. I only pick what we will be eating in a day or so because the taste of fresh lettuce is unlike anything you can purchased in a supermarket. It tastes like lettuce...!
little spaces in between the lettuce beds are the perfect spot
to sneek in a few radish,
which take up a very small amount garden real estate
and grow really quickly
and grow really quickly
My favorite radish right now is a beauty called
easy to grow, tasty
and very pretty
These sort of look like a potato because they got a bit big
but the flavor is mild, sweet and tangy
All of the apples are harvested and we had a bumper crop...
the squirrels and raccoons really enjoyed the apples too
I recently purchased a juicer and have been juicing apples every morning...so delicious
and finally after waiting three long years
we have our first really nice crop of grapes
In addition to being wonderful to eat
they are just beautiful in these long cascading bunches
This variety is called Niagra and has seeds
but is wonderful for juicing
When I walk to the grape arbors you can smell the grapes...heavenly
One of the raised beds is full of herbs and edible flowers like nasturtium,
which you can add to your salad greens for color.
Nasturtium blossoms are really spicy!
They look pretty trailing over the sides of the stone beds and
are very easy to grow from seed
Remember the crazy new tomatoes I ordered called "Super Sauce"
well this is what they look like...they are huge!
I have only picked about 4 tomatoes off the plants this summer, so I'm not so sure about these guys
but the tomatoes are so big that the plants can barely support the weight of the fruit
We also have chives popping up and some really scary hot peppers...
I'm not sure what to do with the peppers yet?
In preparation for fall I have two old wine barrels, which have been planted
with butternut squash and Yukon gold potatoes
These are young spanish onion and I started some garlic too
which will be ready to harvest next spring
And if you need a sweet little taste of summer try this recipe
for strawberry ice cream
you can make this ice cream with fresh peaches too and it is so seriously good!
Hope you enjoyed this issue
the polished pebble
in case you missed the first issue you can read it