I'm still in awe over how much is being produced by the garden. We're seriously going to have to think about how to preserve some of this or walk to neighbors' houses and beg them to take some. Actually what I need is more neighbors like the one that came over last night. Her husband was making dinner and he realized he forgot to buy cilantro and cucumbers at the grocery. She walked over and asked if we had any. I'm not growing cilantro, but I had some in the fridge and I gave her three cucumbers we had picked yesterday. I even had enough cucumbers left over for me to have an incredible cucumber sandwich for lunch today and still some to cut up and serve with humus for an appetizer tonight and go in our gyros tomorrow.
The cantaloupe has several female flowers and now that it's running through the watermelon box, wouldn't you know it, the watermelon has decided to start growing. Go figure. The sweet potatoes in the front box by the zucchini bush is putting out runners and rooting itself along them. More beans have sprouted in the other corner yard. We have a ton of large tomatoes growing, but my fear is that they'll all get ripe at the same time. This brings me back to preserving things since I don't have a canner or a pressure cooker or whatever it is you need. I'll have to look into freezing most things which I think will be easier to begin with since even if all the tomatoes ripen at the same time I'd never get 19 pounds out of them to can anything serious. Freezing seems to be more on my scale and I'd better get on learning more, otherwise we'll be eating a lot of zucchini bread in the future. :)
Today we picked more cherry tomatoes, a cucumber, a jalapeno pepper, some more purple beans, three straight neck squash, a zucchini and yet another tick from my leg. I'm still shocked at how much more productive this SFG is in comparison to my pots last year; mind you, it doesn't take much to surpass one zucchini and a handful of small tomatoes, AND how many ticks are out there. I've never had a tick on me that I can remember and this year I've found several. I made the most of today's harvest, sans tick, and sauteed the squash and zucchini with mushrooms to go with the whole chicken I had going in the crock-pot. I've never done a whole carcass in there before and the thing just fell off of the bone. It was very good, but I need to find a way to season it a bit more next time.
I'm headed out for one more bug picking. The morning comes early. Sweet gardening dreams.
January 27, 2015 - Family update
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