Sunday, October 28, 2012

Cold weather harvest

Welcome back to the Garden to table blog.
The arrival of colder temperatures, 30's-60's, marks the end of one season and the beginning of another.
Today we picked a watermelon, lemons, jalapenos, basil, green peppers, mustard greens, salad, and okra. For all but the mustard greens, this was probably the last time we will pick them because of the colder weather. We also will begin picking collard greens and broccoli in the not too distant future.

Halloween Watermelon from the garden!!

Lettuce and carrots

Sunday, September 16, 2012


At this time of the year we are transitioning the garden from Summer to Fall and Winter.
Although we will continue to pick jalapenos, okra, banana and bell peppers till first frost, the garden is being prepped for Fall crops broccoli, collards, chard and carrots.
I have been pleasantly surprised by the pole beans this year. This was the first year we actually built tepees for them. We planted in April and they had vigorous growth through June. We did pick them often in June but then very little production. I had really planned to pull them up and prep the bed for something else. However in the last few weeks, they are producing "messes" of green beans again. It's great to have fresh vegetables from the garden at this time of the year.
We are also canning pickled banana peppers. They are delicious as a garnish for salad or other vegetables.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Peppers and more peppers

This week brought us an abundance of jalapeno and banana peppers along with the usual okra and a surprise picking of green beans.( I thought they were finished but the cooler weather obviously helped.)
We're used to an abundance of jalapenos at this time of the year. Last year, we made jelly, froze poppers and made hot pepper sauce but still had plenty. This year, I cut back from 18 plants to 9 but it appears we'll still have more than we can use and they produce till first frost, which is at least 7-8 weeks away.
See pics below.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Garden update August 18

As you can tell, we are in a transition stage of growing between the heat of summer and the planting of Fall crops once we move into September/ We are still picking an abundance of Okra, jalapenos and banana peppers. We even picked some raspberries, surprise , and figs too.
For the Fall we will plant collards, carrots, Swiss chard, broccoli and probably cabbage.
I did plant pumpkins a while back and they are doing well too as you can see below. Hopefully these will produce in October.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Garden update August 4

The garden has slowed to a crawl with the exception of okra and jalapenos. We are still picking tomatoes, eggplant, banana and bell peppers, raspberries, figs, and green beans but in much smaller quantities. We did plant pumpkin and butternut squash and they are up and growing. It's almost time to start clearing, tilling and preparing for our Fall/Winter garden too.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Garden update July 28

The high summer heat is taking a toll on the garden with most vegetables being on the decline. We will continue to pick eggplant, okra, jalapenos, banana and bell peppers until the first frost. That's hard to believe but that's based on past history so it's somewhat accurate. The figs are doing quite well too as we pick 6-8 every day now. I also late planted some tomatoes about 6 weeks ago so hopefully we'll have some late August or September tomatoes too.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Garden Update 7/21

It's been a slow week in the garden because of the afternoon storms and being out of town most days last week. We did pick a good number of smaller sized tomatoes, banana peppers, eggplant, and figs. The garden is starting to play out a bit with all the plants showing the stress  of summer but I'm still eating sandwiches with homemade tomatoes.
See the pics below

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Garden Update July 12

We are now canning tomatoes every 3-4 days which was the goal when we started out. The figs are now coming in, we are picking 10 or so every other day. We also picked okra,  green beans, cucumbers, eggplant and banana pepper. I love the afternoon rain and cooler temperatures we've had this week, showers the last three days have certainly helped the garden.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Garden update July 7

We picked tomatoes 20-30, green beans, jalapenos, eggplant, okra and figs today.
We also canned 4 more quarts of whole tomatoes and will more than likely be canning tomatoes again in the next couple of days.
The very hot weather,upper 90's, is beginning to stress the plants but it's supposed to cool down into the low 90's next week so that will be helpful.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Biggest Harvest yet

Whether it was the 2 inches plus of rain we had Sunday or the time of the season, today was a very good harvest. We picked tomatoes in the 30-40 range, 18 cucumbers, eggplant, green beans, cherry tomatoes and okra.
Needless to say we are canning pickles again today and probably tomatoes tomorrow. Today's dinner will include sauteed green beans and ratatouille.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Hot weather but still picking vegetables

It's been hot, 108 for the last two days, but we're still picking vegetables. We could use some rain and cooler weather though, like the mid 90's.
This morning we picked mostly tomatoes and green beans but also cucumbers, jalapenos and the first okra of the season.
The picture of the tomatoes show what we have on hand now, and that's after canning on Friday. The other pic is green beans picked today with many more on the way.

Friday, June 29, 2012

It's tomato canning time

Today we picked tomatoes, green beans, eggplant, cucumbers, zucchini and banana peppers.
The tomatoes numbered in the 20-30 range and we picked enough green beans for at least two meals but there's plenty more for later in the week.We also canned our first tomatoes of the season putting up 5 quarts of whole tomatoes.
The pictures below show the before and after of how many tomatoes it required to make the 5 quarts. Also what we picked today is not in the picture. That will easily replace what was on the counter. I was hoping for a red harvest and so far it's been very good.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Pickings from June 27

Today the star of the garden is Blue Lake green beans. Picked half a bucket full and left many more for the next picking. We also picked tomatoes and cucumbers. Tomatoes are coming in at about a dozen a day and we are close to our first canning of whole tomatoes. We are also close to another canning of pickles.
Rain would be good but I think hot temperatures in the 100's will be what we get instead.

Monday, June 25, 2012

The first tomato sandwich of the season

I meant to post this yesterday but here it is today. I had my first homegrown tomato sandwich of the season yesterday. Celebrate good times!!

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Picking update June 24

We have been in Charlotte visiting Austin,  the past three days visiting and exploring one of our favorite cities. We had great food as you would expect but we also were able to go to two farmers markets, Yorkmount and Atherton Mills. Yorkmount was huge with fresh vegetables, meats, breads and plants in abundance. Atherton was smaller more upscale with cheeses, roasted coffee and gourmet pickles to name a few of the products we saw. There were also food trucks there serving fresh garden to table foods.
Our picking today consisted of a dozen tomatoes, green beans, banana peppers, zucchini, eggplant, a bowl full of cherry tomatoes, and cucumbers. See the pics below.
We have a surplus of eggplant, zucchini, and jalapenos to give away so email me if you're in the area and would like some.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Weekly update

We picked eggplant, zucchini, cucumbers, green beans, cherry tomatoes and bell peppers today. We picked two pretty decent sized tomatoes too. Can't wait for the first 'mater sandwich of the season!
We are also planting another crop of Blue Lake green beans which will hopefully be ready in early August.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

It's Pickle time

 The cucumbers are doing well, so much in fact we are canning our homemade pickles. This is always one of the highlights of the season because once we start with pickles I know tomatoes are just around the corner.
Also the corn is finished for us. We harvested almost 50 ears from a bed measuring 12 feet by 8 feet. That was impressive. Also, we will replant more green beans this week to be ready for the beginning of August hopefully.
See the pictures below of the canning.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

June 12 Picking update

We loved the rain the last two days, we had over 3 inches.
Today's picking included eggplant, zucchini, cucumber, corn, roma tomatoes, and squash.
It was good to see the Roma tomatoes because they usually precede the other tomatoes by two weeks. Can't wait for the red harvest.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Garden update June 9

With the rain early in the week it was good to go several days without watering but we had to water today. The garden continues to grow, see the pics below. The lettuce raised bed has been replanted with banana peppers so we can make pickled banana peppers. Sliced they go great with salads as a garnish.
We hopefully will accumulate enough cucumbers to make pickles in the next week or so. This past year was the first year since I started gardening 25 years ago, that we ran out of homemade pickles and had to buy from the grocery store. We will try to replenish our supply this year.
This is the calm before the storm, if the tomatoes continue to grow as I think they will, we could be looking at a very red harvest.
Today we picked- Cucumbers, Eggplant, Zucchini, Green Beans, Corn, Squash, Red Chard, Cherry, Tomatoes, Bell Peppers, Banana Peppers and Jalapenos.

Anybody want to venture a guess what's for supper?

Monday, June 4, 2012

June 4 Picking

Today it rained in the morning so we weren't able to pick until the afternoon. The best news is the corn has arrived. We picked 14 ears and there are plenty more for later in the week. Look for some corn recipes in the "Recipe" section of the blog to appear soon.

We also picked egg plant, squash, cucumbers, bell peppers and jalapenos.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

June 2nd garden to table menu

Garden to table menu-
Grilled lamb rubbed with pesto sauce and rosemary
Olive pasta
Rosemary flat bread with Basil Pesto
Zucchini Bread for dessert 

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Garden to table- May 31

Tonight's garden to table involves squash, zucchini and eggplant mixed to make a delicious frittata. (Kind of like a cross between an omelete and a quiche). Healthy vegetables straight from the garden. Of course, we love snacking on fresh cucumbers too.
The finished product is below.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

The first picking

Our first true harvest of the year came Friday, May 25th.
It consisted of squash, eggplant, zuchinni, cucumbers, jalapenos and a few raspberries. There is definitely more on the way. In fact the next day we brought in red chard, green beans, radishes and eggplant.
Looks like a great meal coming up.

Monday, May 28, 2012


Welcome to my blog.
The main focus of this blog will be to highlight what is growing in our garden and how we are using the vegetables to eat healthy. The blog will serve several purposes. One, it will give me an archive year to year as to just what we planted and what was successful, funny how it's harder to remember that.
Secondly, it will also alert you as to when we are overloaded and need to share what we have.
Be sure to follow for updates.  Remember buy local, eat healthy.