Friday, July 22, 2011

Fresh Garden Lunch

I like to work in the garden, after dinner, when the weather is cooler and the sun is going down. Last night I picked a bounty of delectable delights and enjoyed some of my harvest today for lunch. Caprese salad is one of my favorite summer treats.
So when you have fresh basil

more tomatoes than you know what to do with

fresh buffalo mozzarella cheese
I buy my cheese and olive oil at Trader Joe's

and olive oil
you get this!

The things that are doing well in the garden are really plentiful.

Green Beans

Tomatoes. We have 11 different varieties of tomatoes planted including those pictured and red pear, yellow pear, Japanese Black Trefele, Italian Heirloom, Aunt Ruby's Green German, Persimmon, and Pink Brandywine. The big beefsteak ones are still green and will be ripening in a few weeks. Some varieties we have more than one planted.


The herbs are all doing well. What is not doing well are my cucumbers and squash. Normally I'm searching the internet for ways to use up all the zucchini, but this year we've only had one! Any idea why? I think it's because we had a cold spring.
I have a few tricks I use to keep the pesky bugs and animals from eating my garden. To protect the green bean seedlings from grasshoppers, I cover them with netting. 

The grasshoppers don't like the mature plants so I uncover them after they get a few leaves on them.

To protect the tomatoes from rats I wrap them in tin foil as they are starting to get their blush of color. I have been doing this for a few years and it works great!

Look at these sunflowers! That's a six foot wall that they are towering above.

Gardening...just one more thing that makes me very happy.
Thanks for stopping by,



Ella said...

Thank you for the tin foil only ripe tomato got eaten by something...birds, I think. Do you have to change the foil after it rains?

Geri Centonze said...

Those sunflowers are amazing - I saw them peeking over your wall!

Linda Coleman said...

Diane, you must be nearly self sufficient. All you need now are a few chickens for eggs and a cow for milk. We don't get great summers here so a lot of what you grow would have to be in glasshouses and as hubby grows herbs, cabbage, spuds (potatoes), leeks, beetroot, white turnips, kale for a living he's not inclined to grow anything as a hobby. Our sunflowers are only a foot high yet. Oh for some warm weather.

Patchwork and Play said...

Your garden produces such wonderful vegies because it is tended with love!

Patchwork and Play said...

Your garden produces such wonderful vegies because it is tended with love!

Annabella said...

That salad looks absolutely yummy - if I can lay my hands on some good mozzarella, I may have to try it. So so envious of all your fresh you ever make chutney? Do Americans even eat chutney?

tusen said...

Oh I love Caprese, too and I bet yours is even more tasty as practically all the ingredients come from your garden.
I just love these tiny pear-shaped tomatoes. And you have so many interesting varieties, too.

Jillsy Girl said...

You do have a boutiful garden! I wish we had more sunlight in our yard because I would love to have a summer veggie garden. We might just have to consider taking down a few trees to do so for next Summer!

PEGGY said...

Oh my goodness...I love your sunflowers!!!
I'm new to your blog, I found it thru a posting on Little Miss Shabby's that you did about the "bee" swap.
I love the blocks they make and how they send from girl to girl...I too would love to get involved in one of those bees. I am going to have to email Miss Shabby and see if she has any contacts to get involved in one.

Love your blog.....

Peggy in NJ, USA

OhioMomPatriot said...

Your tomatoes are fabulous! Thanks for sharing!

Dee said...

I am jealous that you are picking your vegetables and eating them. They look great and are making me hungry. Also love the tips that you gave. My tomatoes every year get that root bottom and I have to keep spraying them with calcium, do you have any tips on this?

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