Garden Report 2011 – Week 1

This past weekend was the first open weekend after the end of my Spring 2011 semester. And let me tell you I was itching to get outside. In my free time we had begun a few outside projects, but that is as far as we had gotten. Finals came up and I had to spend my time concentrating on those.

But Saturday morning I was outside bright and early and probably had my hands dirty before you had breakfast. Yea, that’s how much I needed to get ouside and free my mind by digging in the dirt.

As I told you before, I’ve decided I’m not planting most of my garden in the same area as the last two years because the garden just didn’t do well. Mainly because of drought, but the bugs and critters played a major roll in what I was NOT able to harvest from the garden.

This year I will only plant there what the critters, large and small, did not seem to be interested in.

Off and on all winter I’ve been thinking of where I want to plant what since I had decided to have several small gardens instead of one large garden. I think this will work out better in hopes that keeping up with smaller gardens will not seem like a major undertaking as is with a large garden. I’ll let ya know how that works out.

So I have plowed the large garden area and it is ready to be planted with the things the critters aren’t interested in (atleast I am hoping the deer won’t find my corn patch again).

This weekend I prepared an area that we cleared. It is ready for green beans and maybe a few tomato and pepper plants.

It is a small area and just perfect for what I’ve prepared it for. The soil looks good, so I’m hoping to have a bumper crop of green beans.

I mowed the area before tilling it up and I used those grass clipping to put down between the bean rows so I don’t have to worry about weeds growing.

I always try to plant by the signs and the time for planting above ground crops is quickly approaching. I’ve got to get the other beds tilled and ready and get those green beans sprouting so that everything is ready to be planted on the best planting dates.

Soon I will plant green beans along the inside of each fence row and about July I will plant green beans along the outside of each fence row. Just to insure that I’ll have green beans all summer. I have never canned green beans before, only frozen them, so I’m hoping by fall I’ll have enough green beans to last all winter. Keep your fingers crossed! I know I will!!

I have a few other things in the works that I’ll show you later, but this is what I’m up to and Spring 2011 gardening has begun.

Happy Monday!

TFP 😉

Saucey Sunday – Marinated Cucumbers

Before I get started I wanna say….

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY TO ALL THE DAD’S OUT THERE!

I hope you have a great one.

This is an old time favorite. Cucumbers soaked in vinegar.

My parents and grandparents all enjoyed these.

And my Captain loves them too.

How fitting, a husband favorite posted for Fathers Day.

First of all, those of you who have gardens, go out and pick a couple of fresh cucumbers.

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Bring them in and peel, rinse and slice them thin.

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Now here’s the ingredients….

     2     tablespoons sugar

3/4    cup white distilled vinegar

salt

pepper

    1     medium size cucumber

I make it in a quart-size mason jar. I mix the vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper until disolved.

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Then add the cucumbers and let sit in the refrigerator. It usually takes a couple of days for them to be fully marinated.

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Then get a fork and enjoy!

Monday Report – Week 8

There’s a whole lotta bloomin’ goin’ on ’round here.

Cantelope

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Cucumber

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Green bean

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Pumpkin

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I’m still pinching off the tomato blooms, waiting for the plants to get well established.

Soon, I will stop pinching them off and let the tomatoes grow.

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Summer squash

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I just love the big orange blooms of the squash.

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Zucchini

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Banana pepper

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I’ve worked hard on the garden this year.

Worked around Mother Nature and everybody else who needs me for this and that.

There’s still plenty more work to do.

Weeding, hoeing, tilling, mulching with grass clippings……

But, for us gardners, vegetable lovers, preservers…..

It is worth every dirty, sweaty, exhaustive minute.