Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Garden Update

Today's harvest:

Still getting lots of tomatoes, zucchini of course, and I have more cucumbers than I can use. I'm letting the cucumbers sit on the vine as long as possible as I gradually harvest them. I don't think cucumbers store very well long-term once they're picked.

I thought of pickling some, but my mom thought that was a bad idea, because they are not a pickling cucumber variety. The variety is Babylon Hybrid; they're a small-medium slicing cucumber, and are very prolific. They have a mild, sweet flavor, the seeds are smallish and tender. All in all, I would grow these again.

The little red peppers in the top of the photo are miniature red bell peppers, and they are indeed miniature. Again the plants are really prolific. It would be nice if they grew a little bigger, but I'm not complaining; they taste good regardless of size.

The greens are the first harvests from my Autumn plantings. Hopefully, I'll have lots of chard, kale, perpetual spinach, lettuce, cilantro, and cabbage in another month or so. These are all still small plants now, but they are all cool weather crops and should grow fine throughout September.

Cute little lettuce and cilantro babies:

Chard and kale starts:

Still waiting for my delicata squash to ripen:

And another big pumpkin is on the way...

I forgot to take a photo, but I also have some heirloom carrots planted; they're about 5 inches tall now...keeping my fingers crossed for some carrots!


  1. Rose,

    Wow! Your garden bounty is very impressive. I think you have convinced me to try gardening again next year. Don't be surprised if you get a few questions. Unlike you I have no idea what I am doing when it comes to gardening.


  2. Hi Alicia,

    I'm sure you'll be great at it. I love gardening, and I'm learning all the time...that's the fun thing about it, there's always something new to learn.

  3. What a beautiful garden! Everything looks so fresh and natural. Great job!

  4. Thanks for commenting! My garden isn't very organized, and I have loads of crazy rigged up garden beds and makeshift trellises...basically things tend to go kind of wild and ramble into each other, but it's living and growing and that's what is most important to me.:)

  5. Rose,

    I saw this recipe for kim chi pickles and thought you might want to try it since you have so many cucumbers.



  6. Thanks! That looks great...I'm going to get it started this weekend, I'll have to search for the special Korean hot pepper flakes.


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