Tuesday, June 30, 2015

2015 Week 6 - Tomatoes...

...are here. I am glad to pass them along to you. The heat that could have ruined the broccoli and cauliflower is likely responsible for getting these to maturity. This is a little early for me to have these, but I decided to grow some tomatoes in my greenhouse this year as an experiment. 

Here's this week's inventory:

Squash Pickles (paid shares only)
Early Tomatoes

These are among the first tomatoes from my greenhouse, the orange/red ones are early girls, which are a dependable early hybrid tomato. The flavor isn't amazing, but they aren't bad. Since most of the other tomatoes I will be giving you are a little funky, I thought a tomato that you might more easily recognize would be nice to see in your share once in a while. The other tomato is a tie dye heirloom. It tastes great. Not as good as some other heirlooms you will get later in the year, but pretty good.

Broccoli rears it's ugly head again (its a pun!!!!!), this time it is a true broccoli variety instead of the stir fry broccoli I have been giving you. I got really lucky that it cooled down last week and rained a lot. If those high temps would have stuck around, this broccoli would have suffered.

The cauliflower this week looks weird, I know. It is green cauliflower (unfortunately not a perfect green because I didn't blanch the plants). It is supposed to be green, don't worry. It tastes like cauliflower, though. I checked.

I made some bread and butter pickles out of the squash that got too big to do much else with. I hope you all like them! Also, if you aren't going to reuse them, I would like to get the jars back, because I will definitely use them again.

This is the last week I plan to give you all beets for a while. If you still have beets left from last week, you can use these together with them.

There is also mint, which I chew on fairly often. When I traveled around the middle east a bunch of years ago, many Arabs would welcome you to their home by asking if you wanted coffee or tea. Arab coffee is basically espresso, which isn't always wonderful in the middle of the summer. But their tea was usually mint tea, which I loved. The great thing is, mint tea is just mint steeped for a few minutes in boiling water. Unfortunately, you need a tool, a reusable tea bag or french press to do it right, because the tea will be better if you chop up the mint first. If you don't have either of those, you can just put some mint sprigs in a mug and pour boiling water over it and stir it around. Also, here are some other ideas.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

2015 Week 4 - Whole-a-whole-lot-a-Love(age)

This week is the first week (of several) that you will receive potatoes. This week you get to try out Irish Cobbler potatoes which is a popular variety with gardeners. It is earlier than many other varieties, and it has an Irish accent and makes shoes in its spare time. 

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

2015 Week 3 - Stir Fry me once, shame on you, stir fry me twice, shame on me?

That's what's up! I have been munching on this stuff all week and it is about time to share. The garden is moving right along as we start the transition into summer crops. I think every week I look out in the garden and see something new that is almost ready to pick I think/say "this is the best time of year." I should just say that all of the times of the year that I get to be out in the garden playing in the dirt are the best times of year. 

Thursday, June 4, 2015

2015 Week 2 - More Spring Goodness

I hope that looks as good to you as it does to me! I am really happy with the overall progress of the garden. This week is still very spring-centric, but summer veggies are starting to peak around the corner. In the garden this week I planted winter squash, yard-long beans, soybeans, black beans, more cucumbers, summer squash, tomatoes and corn. 

Monday, May 25, 2015

2015 Week 1 - Spring is Springing

I know that most gardeners are all about the glory of a mid-summer garden; Tomato plants strung full of ripe fruit, mammoth sunflowers stretching toward the sky, corn so tall you could get lost in it, you get the imagery.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

CSA Season begins on 5/28!!!

A bunch of plants, hanging out in the shade on a cool morning

I have consulted with the forces of nature, the gardening gods - both the old and the new, and my roommate Jewel and we have come to the decision to begin CSA shares on the last week of May. The first shares will go out on 5/28 or 5/30 depending on if you pick up at my house or at U of L. The season will run for 20 weeks and will end on 10/10.