Archive for July, 2009

Garden update

It has been a couple of weeks since my last post, but things are really starting to grow in the garden. On Monday evening we harvested about 4 cups of basil leaves , and made pesto using this recipe http://elise.com/recipes/archives/001329fresh_basil_pesto.php courtesy of the Project Grow blog and www.simplerecipes.com. We then made a delicious pesto pizza with homemade pizza crust.

The other plants are doing great as well, here is an update:
Tomatoes: All tomato plants are doing well with plenty of baby tomatoes or blossoms
Peppers: Still coming along slowly, but we do have our first pepper growing (Aurora pepper). A few of the plants now have blossoms.
Eggplant: Plants are looking great, should have first blossoms soon
Carrots: Will be able to harvest a few carrots soon, most still have about a month before harvest
Beets: So far we have harvested about 10 beets, but have not harvested any golden beets to date. We will probably harvest more beets this weekend including our first golden beet
Cilantro: Harvested about 5 bunches
Basil: Harvested 4 cups of leaves on Monday
Onions: Harvested about 15 onions, probably will harvest 5-10 more this weekend
Indian Prince Flowers: First blooms on Monday
Sunflowers: Looking great, about 6′ tall

Here are some pictures from Wednesday, July 15:

Here are some more recent pictures from this past week:

garden on July 20

Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life.
~Rachel Carson

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First Harvest!

On Saturday we had our first significant harvest so far this summer. We harvested 3 beets, 3 bunches of lettuce, 2 bunches of cilantro, and 5 onions. On Monday evening we created a meal around the beets, greens and all. Here is a great recipe from the New York Times on how to prepare beet greens. http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/08/health/nutrition/08recipehealth.html?_r=1.

Here are some pics from our harvest and some updated garden pics:

“The garden suggests there might be a place where we can meet nature halfway”
-Michael Pollan

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