Saturday, August 28, 2010

Summer Bounty

I would like to claim this as my own.

But I can't.

Except for the Mr. Stripey tomato Juju picked today (far right front) that will soon become part of the BLTs we plan to eat for dinner, this was brought to us yesterday by our resident earth goddess Deb. All of the spiny oriental cucumbers will be dried for rabbit snacks this winter, and the small zucchini for soup this fall. The peppers will be frozen and the tomatoes will be tossed with feta, onions, olives and the smooth cucumbers for Greek salad - yum. The big zuch will become double chocolate cake for the girls' lunches.

I am not sure what is blocking my ability to grow massive amounts of food - believe me I am open to suggestions - but I am forever thankful for the generosity of neighbors.

Friday, August 13, 2010

But it is so pretty . . .

Yeah, I know. Invasive. Very invasive. I will pull it out, I swear. Really.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010


I have never seen a preying mantis outside of gardening books.

The girls and I attracted the attention of my visiting brother with all our squealing in the front yard.

He just shook his head and went inside to finish his coffee.

He always thought I was strange anyway.

I have gotten 1 full grown yellow crookneck from this plant, BTW. The other 3 have shriveled up and died at about 3" long. Luckily my neighbors don't have such problems and I have enough large ones to make zucchini bread and enough small ones to marinade in balsamic vinaigrette and grill. Yum.