My big project this week was this....
Sunday, July 31, 2011
My "Slow Bolt" Cilantro did not live up to it's name. It started bolting rather early (considering our cool spring). Maybe it did not enjoy the prolonged cool weather? I noticed early on that it was trying to bolt. It tried cutting of the flower stems but to no avail.
Saturday, July 30, 2011
I've been wanting to make homemade chicken stock for a while now. I'm tired of paying too much money for a top quality broth. It turns out earlier this week, the stars aligned. I had some leftover organic juicing carrots in the refrigerator and it was also time to harvest some home grown celery and parsley. There was a also a great sale on Foster Farms whole chicken fryers at 79 cents a pound and a great sale on fresh herbs at 2 for $3.00.
Allow your chicken pieces to cool and package them to freeze for later. I ended up with about 3 lbs. of chicken meat. I packed 2 (1 lb.) bags for larger meals such as chicken enchiladas or soups and 2 (1/2 lb.) smaller backs for small meals such as chicken salads.
Friday, July 29, 2011
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Monday, July 25, 2011
This week was a colorful week. I had a few more small berry harvests. I was lucky to harvest this tri-fecta of berries early in the week.
I can't believe I'm still harvesting more raspberries from my container plant. Early in the week I harvested close to another pint.
I pulled more radishes as they were over crowding the tomatoes.
Sunday, July 24, 2011
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
I have 3 varieties of summer squash growing here with 2 plants of each (just in case). The first is Black Beauty Zucchini. In the past, this variety has grown well for me and has been abundant with fruit. I'll just have to cross my fingers that this year will turn out to be a good year. There were a ton of male flowers on these plants so far.
The second plant is a Clarinette Lebanese Squash. I love the leaves on this variety. It also has been producing only male flowers.
Lastly, here are the Pattison Golden Scallop Squash. I bought these seeds because of how unusual and pretty they looked. It's a golden patty pan type with scalloped edges. This variety has been the slowest grower out of all the squash plants. This one is just producing male flowers. I'm really excited to see what this squash looks (and tastes) like!
Monday, July 18, 2011
Later in the week I was able to pick another pint of raspberries, single strawberry and a few snow peas.
Sunday, July 17, 2011
It seems mother nature has big plans for our summer. We may not have one this year. We had a beautiful stretch of warm wearer earlier in the month but the past week has been hovering right above 70 degrees with showers. Today, it's pouring. *sigh* Here's hoping for a ripe tomato by August!
Posted by ~Holly~ at 10:36 AM
Another week has gone by and once again I've been slacking in the cooking department. Here's this week's GTTC (Garden to Table Challenge). This week I used a mixture of home harvested, as well as store bought edibles.