It's been a while since the last post! Our gardening/blogging activities are in negative correlation with the summer temperature. It's really difficult to garden in the 90-100+ degree weather. When we do get out there, we mostly just harvest and weed. While we have been slacking, the garden has not. It continues to give out amazing produce. During our absence from the blog, we had some firsts (corns, bitter melons, muskmelons). We also had some lasts (R.I.P. cucumbers and patty pans). Although summer is just starting to get hot around here, we can feel the seasonal change coming in the garden.
Here are some of the harvest pictures from the last few weeks:
Thursday, August 4, 2011
We started harvesting figs last week. They are ripening rather quickly. We are harvesting a plastic shopping bag full about every other day. There are 3 or 4 fig trees in the property, but only 1 of them is in the garden. The rest of them are in the little planting area by the driveways. I didn't plant them, so I don't know what variety they are. I just call them the "green kind" (as opposed to the kind with purple skin).
This is the fig tree in the garden. It's at the center of the garden, so it receives plenty of sunlight. Other than watering it a few times a year, we really don't pay much attention to it.
I thought this one looked like the Piranha Plant from Super Mario Brothers. I felt like it was coming to get me, so of course I had to eat it first.
Figs are a relatively new fruit to me. I didn't grow up eating them. In fact, I had never seen one (dried or fresh) before I moved to California. I have to admit they are not on the list of summer fruits/vegetables that I look forward to. I just kind of forget about them... until I bite into a perfectly ripe one. Every year they remind me of how delicious they are all over again, sweet like honey with crunchy little seeds.
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
I snapped the above pictures late in the evening last Saturday. These corn tassels were especially visible in the almost dark garden. The golden color looked even brighter against the dark green bean jungle.
I took the picture of the corn ears the next day when the lighting was better. I can't wait for them to be ready. I keep looking at sweet corns when we go to the supermarkets or the farmer's markets, but I refuse to buy any (ok, I basically refuse to buy any vegetables). I want my corns!
Monday, August 1, 2011
The garden continues to bless us with good varieties of summer veggies. There are something new ripening every week. I haven't bought any produce in a couple of months. I feel like I'm getting as good of a selection from my garden, if not better, as it is from a supermarket. Not to mention they taste better and have less mileages and storage life.
The huge green tomatoes above are Aunt Ruby's German Green, and they are my new favorite green tomato. They are so pretty when they are ripe, light green with a tint of yellow and pink blush. We refrigerate them and cut them into slices to snack on. They are juicy, sweet, and refreshing. The perfect snack on a hot summer day. The catalog describe their flavor as spicy. I think they are rather mild but very flavorful and delicious.
My previous favorite green tomato was Green Zebra. Unfortunately, the two Green Zebra plants I started from seeds turned out to be something else (Black Krim, I think). I wish I had some Green Zebras to do a side-by-side taste test.
These are pictures of some of the harvest from last week. In the pictures are - Black Krim tomatoes, Beefsteak tomatoes, Aunt Ruby's German Green tomatoes, Sun Gold cherry tomatoes, luffa gourd (Chinese okra), Big Bertha pepper, Better Belle pepper, Sweet Banana pepper, Birdseye chili peppers, Japanese eggplants, patty pans, cucumber, Delica pumpkin, Yard Long beans, Summerfest Komatsuna, purple mustard, green onions, garlic chives, and edible amaranth leaves.