Gotta make some pesto…

July 19, 2008

I've managed to turn my husband into a pesto lover. He's not one for adventurous food, or many vegetables for that matter, but he's come to love my fresh pesto from the garden. Everything is better fresh. Now he makes  the 10-year old face and says "Are you going to make me pesto tonight?", on a regular basis. I'll be making some tomorrow...Sunday. I have a couple varieties in the garden you might be interested in. 'Pesto Perpetuo' a small variegated variety and 'Sweet Aussie', a bright green variety. Both have a very tight compact growth habit with small leaves. The nice thing about these two is that they are very slow to flower. While both my sweet and purple leafed varieties are already in full flower and leggy (I should have harvested more) both of these are still very tight with no flowers. Yay. So, if you're a fresh pesto addict like we are, you might give these varieties a try. Great for garden or containers.

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Super squash

July 11, 2008

I've been so busy I've not had time to adequately update or photo what is going on in the garden. This time of year, when it's over 100 degrees, it sort of becomes survival of the fittest. Squash, peppers and eggplant are the usual survivors. They make quite the nice color combination, no?Squash_eggplant


Tasty Tomatoes…

July 3, 2008

Once my tomatoes start to ripen, I pretty much eat tomatoes breakfast, lunch and dinner. Tomatoes on my eggs, tomato sandwiches for lunch, tomatoes with mozzarella and basil from the garden dressed with olive oil and balsamic vinegar for dinner. That and many derivations of the like is pretty much how my summer goes. And I love it! I eat so many tomatoes I'm surprised I don't turn pink. I mean, look at these homegrown tomatoes...how can you resist? This variety in particular is called 'Celebrity'. It's my standard hybrid backup - a reliable producer, so I always have a harvest even if the heirlooms are acting up.


Shameless plug…

July 2, 2008

North Haven Gardens Alright folks, for those of you in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, it's time for North Haven Gardens' only annual plant sale. Whoohoo. We put our entire in-stock inventory of plant material on sale for 25% off. We're open July 4th and our sale starts that day and continues through the following Thursday 7/10.

I know you need stuff. You're gardeners. You're addicted. You can't help yourselves.


Summer Veggies…

June 21, 2008

Plucked a few things from the veggie garden this morning. Unfortunately, the squirrels are totally devastating my tomato crop this year, so I'm forced to pick them before they are ripe. They are left alone to ripen on the window sill. So sad. A little cracking on some of the tomatoes this year due to our vacation absence. But some nice summer squash coming along, both patty pan and crookneck types. First few okra and eggplant. I'm on the cusp of being over run by peppers, as I am every year (not that I'm complaining!). Hoping to see some bush beans soon and blackberries. Today I'll see if I have any potatoes ready...
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Vacation…

June 6, 2008

Ok garden blogging universe and all my fans..all 2 of you...I'm headed out on vacation. Whoohoo! Headed back up to Arkansas for a week of mental decompression in the woods. So there will be no posts for a little bit. I'm sure you'll find some way to survive...I hope only to come back to a garden not devistated by "them"...the creatures that is. Maybe the'll leave me some tomatoes...

Happy Gardening.



American Gardenators…

June 2, 2008

Corn_eaten So the other evening my husband and I, along with our friend Jenny (who also gardens), were entertaining ourselves by parodying American Gladiators gardener style...I dubbed it "American Gardenators". We like to call these little plays of ours "vignettes". Yes, we need lives.

Anyway, just imagine two aggressive looking ladies..."Love-lies-bleeding Leslie" and "Johnny Jump-up Jenny"...in their pumped up gardening garb, favorite hand tools at their hip, going head to head in garden combat. Events such as "turn that compost' or "show those weeds who's boss"...it made me giggle incessantly. I'm easily entertained. Obviously.

 

 

 

Corn_eaten2 What even started this downward spiral into sillyness you ask? Oh, let me show you a few photos of the latest carnage in my garden. You already know of my murderous thoughts towards the peach stealing squirrels...now "they" are

picking off my corn...one precious stalk at a time. I had some good sweet corn coming on too. Lot's of ears developing nicely. "They" are decapitating my precious corn stalks, and then digging into the ears. They don't even have the courtesy to eat the whole thing. They eat half of the ear and leave the rest just to taunt me. Just to get a rise out of me. I don't know if it's the squirrels...or perhaps racoons. Racoons would make more sense.


Not only are the rodents devouring my garden goodies, but now that the heat of summer is set upon us, lots of other nasty garden pests are making their debut as well. Potato beetles, stink bugs (still...), second round of slugs, caterpillars. I'm in my second round of Bt sprays and am now resorting to spinosad to try and take out the beetles and stinkbugs. I do have some awesome assasin bugs around the garden right now and masses of lizards. Not to mention a few butterfly larvae etc. Now if I could figure out how to get the lizards to take out the racoons, we'd be in business.  Let the garden battles begin!

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