Gardening – Winding Down Outside: The Few, The Hardy

Beth and I spent many of the daylight hours Saturday and half the day Sunday taking down most of the backyard garden. Mostly fruitless bean, pea, tomato and corn plants were pulled from containers and the beds to become compost for the 2022 garden. There are still a few crops left growing in the eachContinue reading “Gardening – Winding Down Outside: The Few, The Hardy”

Gardening – Basil: Indoor Strong

Basil. You’ve all seen basil plants at grocery stores and the big box stores who sell groceries. It’s a plant that we have consistently killed off year in and year out. We’d buy a grocery store plant with the high hopes of having a healthy, happy and productive plant to pluck off basil as weContinue reading “Gardening – Basil: Indoor Strong”

Gardening – Late Harvest & Planting: 4th Quarter 2021

Photos of many things still in the garden. What’s not pictured, west side pole beans and cabbage, plus 6 container Brussels sprouts. Plus plans for attempted cold weather crops. When we are in, we are all in. This year has been more experiment than results oriented. With that said, we’ve been very happy with someContinue reading “Gardening – Late Harvest & Planting: 4th Quarter 2021”

Potent Potables – Garden to Glass: Cucumber Mint Martini

Cooking and canning salsa was fun and satisfying. So much so that Beth kept us on the garden to gullet roll with a slightly out of the box way of using fresh mint and cucumber. Beth surprised me Saturday afternoon with martini’s made from fresh mint and a cucumber. Both from our garden. Imagine that!Continue reading “Potent Potables – Garden to Glass: Cucumber Mint Martini”

Cooking – Garden to Canning Jar

Salsa! Easy to make, tasty to eat. Beth thought perhaps a little hot. Perfect for me! One of the many activities we shared this weekend was making and canning salsa from ingredients mainly plucked from our garden. Ingredients included: sweet corn, tomato, onion, green pepper, jalapeno pepper, beaver dam pepper, cilantro, and dried carrot tops.Continue reading “Cooking – Garden to Canning Jar”

Gardening – What Ate Our Sweetcorn!

Part the daily regimen during our 2021 year of Operation Green Thumb is checking on the status of the garden when arriving home each day. Luckily pests have not been a huge issue. We’ve not lost any crops due to a pest all season…until Thursday 9/23/21… Oh sure, we’ve had a few leaves nibbled onContinue reading “Gardening – What Ate Our Sweetcorn!”

Cooking – Garden To Table: Tomato Pepper Cucumber Salad

A friend of ours stopped by last night to review our investment and financial health. Once we made a few important decisions concerning investment commitments the subject turned to our garden. We were all hungry and thirsty. R Dub uncorked a bottle of Bordeaux wine and we whipped up a nice fresh produce salad. TheContinue reading “Cooking – Garden To Table: Tomato Pepper Cucumber Salad”

Gardening – Container Sweet Corn: Impossible? Think Again

R Dub grew up on a one acre property in the middle of a small town community. Mom and dad utilized roughly 1/4 of the property for gardening for many of the 18 years that I lived with them. There were many ‘favorite’ crops in that garden. Radishes, peas, carrots, kohlrabi were among my favoritesContinue reading “Gardening – Container Sweet Corn: Impossible? Think Again”

Gardening – Food Storage – Canning Our Harvest

Operation Green Thumb advanced to harvest weeks ago, but it seemed to creep along. Finally, we are plucking more produce than we can consume immediately. Time to can. For the most part we have an excess of tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, and cucumbers. A common gardening story we’re sure. The potatoes will keep for a whileContinue reading “Gardening – Food Storage – Canning Our Harvest”

Gardening – Determinate or Indeterminate: That Is The Question

Have you ever fallen victim to mistaken identity? Moreover have you ever been guilty of mistaken identity? Not so sadly, R Dub is guilty of misidentifying our San Marzano tomatoes. In an earlier post our San Marzano were listed as Determinate, while the Steak Sandwich Hybrid tomatoes were correctly identified as Indeterminate. At this pointContinue reading “Gardening – Determinate or Indeterminate: That Is The Question”