Thursday, June 27, 2013

Summer Harvest 2013

We planted our garden in mid-March...a few weeks early for us. We are really glad that we did because we are reaping the benefits of an early harvest and the timing is just right for our vacation plans. This way most of the work is done before we leave and the various family members, who will be staying at our house while we are gone, won't have a lot to do to keep it maintained.

Every few days I go out and pick whatever is ready.
It can be as small as a few zucchini, one peach and a pint of blueberries...


A handful of green beans and a couple of tomatoes, and more blueberries...


Or a whole basket of treasures including rhubarb, tomatoes, patty pan squash, white dumpling peaches, several zucchini and artichokes.

This day there were a few eggplant and radishes along with the blueberries, green beans, zucchini and tomatoes.


Sometimes there's just one perfect squash...


or a lone Armenian Cucumber...

or some French Breakfast radishes.

I can always be guaranteed a good harvest of tomatoes. I just love planting heirloom varieties and to see all the colors and shapes growing in the garden.
My favorite days are when I get a big basketful of lots of different, delicious fruits and vegetables.


This week I used about 8 pounds of tomatoes and basil from the garden and combined it with some purchased onions, leeks, garlic and carrots and made some tomato sauce.


Tomato sauce is one of those questionable safety in canning issues, so just to be sure, after a boiling water bath to seal the jars I will be storing them in the freezer.


There is nothing better than a fresh tomato sandwich on homemade sourdough bread. This has been my go to lunch all week.


With the mountain of zucchini that I have been picking I have made Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread and muffins. The freezer is full right now.






I've recently planted more green beans and the butternut squash are almost ready for picking. When summer is over we have big plans to expand our garden area. There is just something so gratifying about growing your own food.
As the nursery rhyme goes...
Mary, Mary, quite contrary...how does your garden grow?
My answer to that would be, "Quite splendidly, thank you"!


11 comments:

Catherine said...

Oh, what an enviable crop!

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

A fabulous harvest!

dutchcomfort said...

It must be so great to be able to harvest from your own garden!

Carrie P. said...

I'll say your garden is growing quite splendidly. What a great harvest you are having. I want to try my hand at growing artichokes.

suemac said...

Wow. What a great harvest you are getting from your garden. Very impressive.

Patchwork and Play said...

Oh, those yummy heirloom tomatoes - delicious! How about adding some feta and basil to your luncheon ones? (No room for silver bells and cockle shells, hey!?)

Marit said...

Wow!This all looks very delicious! You are one multi-talented lady! Love your photos too:)

Sara said...

Eye candy:) Yummy veggies and fruits!

Tomato sandwiches sound divine!

A Girl said...

Yum! You and your garden are so inspiring. It is one of things on my bucket list. Now this New England girl just needs to figure out the Florida growing seasons...

OPQuilt said...

I follow you on IG as occasionalpiece, and it's been fun always to see your garden's bounty. I love the mosaic in the center of your post--so beautiful!

Elizabeth E.
opquilt.com

Flying Blind... said...

Wow, basically!!!