Saturday, August 10, 2013

Strawberry fig jam

We canned six jars of strawberry/fig jam today. This was the first time our fig bushes have produced enough figs to do this. We are also still picking green beans, okra and egg plant. 

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Canning and Picking

We are in the midst of picking every day now and canning every other day. Today we picked tomatoes, green beans, corn, banana peppers and cucumbers. We also canned nine jars of salsa and four of pickled banana peppers.
The garden is doing well despite the torrential rains that have become common most every day. Everything is wet and needs a couple days of no rain to dry out.
Also, our lemon trees are full of golf ball sized lemons and our fig trees are full too. Figs should come in the next 2 weeks while the lemons are due in the fall.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Picking lots of tomatoes

This is one of my favorite times of year, the tomatoes are being picked in abundance every day. We canned 5 more quarts of whole tomatoes and as you can see still have a table full.
We are also picking green means, egg plant, corn (20 ears) and jalapeño peppers.


Saturday, July 6, 2013

The tomatoes are here

The tomatoes are here in abundance, of course the green beans are still here, with 20-25 picked today. We actually canned four quarts of whole tomatoes too.
We also picked 20 ears of corn, cucumbers and egg plants too.
Supper tonight will be grilled fresh vegetables, bruschetta, corn chowder and brats.
Love fresh food !!!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Harvest June 30

We picked more green beans today and also peppers, tomatoes, egg plant, cucumbers and raspberries. We also canned 5 pints of pickled banana peppers. The main crop of tomatoes is still a week or so away but we are picking 10-15 a day.

A typical summer scene in our kitchen- soaking corn for grilling and canning vegetables.

Friday, June 28, 2013

June 28 harvest

As you can see from the picture below, the green beans are in. We picked several cookings with more to come in the following days. We are also canning picked banana peppers today. They are sweet and are great as a garnish on salads. Tomatoes are also beginning to turn red and yesterday I had my first of many fresh tomato sandwich.
More to come!!!

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

As you can see from the picture, we picked five ears of corn from our corn patch. Last year we picked 52 ears and were finished with corn on June 5. This year because of the cooler Spring, we are just now beginning to harvest corn, We also picked a few cucumbers, banana peppers and green beans.
The next big harvest will be green beans and then hopefully the tomatoes.
Looking forward to that first tomato sandwich of the summer.Yummy !!.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Garden to table 2013

Welcome back to the Garden to table blog.
Once again I hope to inform you about what we grow in our garden throughout the summer and fall.
The biggest change in the garden is the layout. during the winter, I constructed 6 raised beds  with 2X10's that measure 9 feet by 3 feet. I used the early spring to place them in the sunniest part of the garden, till the soil and then fill them with at least 6 inches of new soil. There are 12 tomato plants in each bed. I'm excited to see if he raised beds increase the harvest.
We also built a trellis for the pole beans and that seems to be working well.
Because of our unusually cool spring. our harvest is at least two weeks behind but we are beginning to pick peppers bell, jalapeño and banana, cucumbers, egg plant, raspberries, and cherry tomatoes. The green beans will be ready in abundance this week and the corn looks close also.
Thanks for reading and feel free to comment.