I refrained all season from overwhelming you all with tomato pictures (I hope). I knew this season I'd be overly excited since all of our tomatoe plants came from my first seed saving attempt. Today, however, it I who is overwhelmed with a 25+ lbs bounty of tommies! Most were green but had to be picked before the first frost of the season. I am beyond humbled. The Minis: will try my hand at pickling for the first time. The Megas: will adorn the Beltran windowsills for future ripening and slicing. The Greenies: currently in the pressure cooker and converting into salsa verde to fill the back freezer for future meals. The Ripies: already stewed for upcoming go to meals this week. To think, it all started with 2 tomatoe plants in 2011. Thank you #tommietakeover 2018. See ya next Spring!
Zucchini plants can get so gigantic. They are probably one of my favourite things to grow mainly because they produce quickly and are so prolific. They are quite susceptible to powdery mildew though (as are many other plants) and as we are coming in to Summer, I thought I'd share my powdery mildew prevention and sometimes remedy with you. For those who don't know, powdery mildew looks like a coating of powder on the leaves of your plants and will significantly impact their growth and production 👎🏼 I've tried milk sprays but they just didn't cut it for me. The only thing I've found that seems to have some effect is the Cornell Recipe which is - 2L Water, 1Tbs Neem Oil and 1Tbs Baking Soda. I'm told you can also use coconut oil but I haven't tried it. This is my own slight variation of the recipe but it's the only thing I've found that seems to keep the mildew at bay! Mix it up and pop it in a spray bottle and spray both sides of the leaves. I usually do it early in the morning 🌿
Radishes are back to prime growing season again here in San Diego! I grow Easter egg radishes because of the beautiful color and larger size of the root. They are also mild to medium spicy, so most people have no problems eating them. Lots of color always makes my farmer's market table stand out.
Beans! Yin Yang, hopefully they taste better cooked because they are a bit 😖 raw. However I do prefer my food cooked & hot rather than raw, so others may think they taste just fine raw. Do you prefer your food cooked or are you a ‘rawsta’? My boys will eat everything straight from the garden raw which I encourage wholeheartedly. When they give me bits of parsley to eat, I pretend that’s it’s totally delish raw. I do like snowpeas raw tho 💚
Dinner fresh from the garden! 😋 Check out that little gardener in the making in the background! Getting kids involved in the garden is so important. There are so many valuable lessons to be taught! #repost from @muddyoakhenhouse
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