Category Archives: Vegetables

New Seeds

From Sow True:

Delicata Winter Squash

Dwarf Blue Curl Scotch Kale

Brandywine Yellow Tomato

Spring Rapini Broccoli Raab

From Southern Exposure Seed Exchange:

Yellow Pear Tomato

Arkansas Little Leaf Pickling Cucumber

And I have planted Georgia Southern Collard seeds from Botanical Interests.

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Cucumbers

I don’t really care for fresh cucumbers.  I don’t hate ’em.  There is no spit-that-out-it’s-nasty reaction.  I just tend to eat around them in salads.  But, I do love them pickled.  My paternal grandmother’s sweet pickles  are the best in the world, hands down.  But, pickling in general is a new trick I am learning.

I have a coworker who is a pickling god and he has inspired me to experiment.  I have pickled jalapeños and banana peppers and those have turned out well.  (Equal parts vinegar and water, boiling poured into jars stuffed with peppers, lidded and flipped over to seal as they cool.)

A couple of years ago, I saw pictures online of some bitty cucumbers that look like thumb-size watermelons.  On investigation, I learned that they are called Mexican sour gherkins.  I got a packet of seeds and Chuck put them in one of the raised beds this summer.

Two important things to know about these cucumbers.  One, they are climbers.  Two, they will consume your garden given half a chance. They tried to eat the bed they were in and when I tried to lift them up to some bamboo poles that Ursula brought me, they were putting out extra roots.  Next year, they get something to climb on from the beginning.

When I tried pickling them, I didn’t take the tininess into consideration.  I turned them into sweet pickle raisins.  And, no, you cannot use those little rocks for anything.  I think that if I will put boiling sweet pickle solution on them and leave them a little while, they will work.

I did make dill pickles with them and they are tasty.  I stuck a couple of cloves of garlic in a couple of half pint jars that I had filled with whole cucumbers, shook about a tablespoon of dried dill in each one and poured boiling 50% vinegar over them.  A couple of weeks later, I took a jar to my dad and we tried them out.

Yum.

 

 

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Sunchokes

I planted Jerusalem artichokes around February.  Today, I noticed that they are blooming.

I’ll add a picture later when my camera has charged.

Addendum:

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This is what they look like blooming.  at first look, very similar to the swamp sunflowers by the shed and on the side of the house, but with different leaves and very different roots.  Also, slightly different bloom times.

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This is what the sunchokes look like up close.

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And this is the swamp sunflowers.  They are just starting to form buds.

Both plants are great to feed pollinators at the end of Summer and in the Fall.  Both freeze to the ground in Winter.  Both are very tall and flower heavily with yellow blossoms.

Only one will feed you.

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Potato bags are a waste of time and money

DSC03085Remember the abundance we had last year?

This is the total for this year.

I’ll be planting in the ground from now on.

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Tastiness abounding

We have tomatoes galore.  I have canned 2 pints of Romas and have been eating Bulgarians on sandwiches.  I have used the Russian Black Tulas in salads.  And we have been eating the cherry tomatoes jut as snacks.

I love summer.

We planted less okra this year, so we are only eating it every 3 or 4 days.  I think this means we are less likely to get foundered on them.

The sweet potatoes are healthy with one potato trying to peek out of the dirt.

The turmeric is healthy.

A friend had a piece of ginger starting to grow a root.  I traded it for a piece of ginger that I bought withOUT a root growing and it put out green in about a week.

We have apples ripening.  The lovely red is visible from inside the house.

I think I got the second planting of Yukon Golds in the ground too late.  The first planting froze and the second has hardly any green.

There are nuts on 3 or 4 of the hazelnut bushes.  The rest appear to be males.  Dammit.

The berries are done.  It was a great year for them and I am sated.

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Beets

Of all the beets planted, only one made it through the Polar Vortices this winter.  We are having it for dinner tonight.  It was a chiogga.

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Adding:

Just because it’s pretty doesn’t mean it tasted any less like a beet.  Chioggas don’t have a lighter taste just because they are striped instead of being burgundy.  And the only way I eat them is roasted.  I think pickled beets are foul.

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Potato check in

The weather this Winter and Spring has been brutal.  After I felt safe about the temperature and  planted any number of things, we got a lovely hard freeze.  In particular, my potatoes were nipped.  Because the bags that I planted the sweet potatoes in were far too heavy to bring in, I couldn’t even try to save those.

The white potatoes were totally destroyed.   Two of the sweet potato slips have come back after freezing to the ground.  The sweet potato piece with roots is dead.  So, I should get sweet potatoes from one bag.

We had a Yukon Gold potato on the table that never got eaten before 4 very healthy eyes developed and I put them in the ground yesterday.

 

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