zucchini and tomatoes

you can only take so much grilled zucchini and zucchini bread, and then you just wish your plants would die.  mine were looking a little sad until this last ‘storm’ which blew the plants over, and now they are regrowing/reblooming exponentially. but, in the meanwhile, my dad gave me two huge zucs from his garden.  what to do…what to do?  i quartered them so they would fit into the food processor, cut the seeds out, and then shredded the lot.  i froze 4 quarts and then made double chocolate zucchini bead with the rest.  chocolate makes everything better!

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tomatoes are starting ripen.  i thought i planted all paste varieties in the lower garden.  i picked some of the jersey giants yesterday, but they are not suppose to look like the photo below.  now i need to figure out what these are.  (another mistake)

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black beans and brussels sprouts

the black beans are almost done.  i picked a few today.  eventually the entire plant will have dried bean pods on them and i’ll take the whole plant and beat it into a can…so the dried bean fall out.

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i decided to pull the brussels sprouts.  they were covered with cross-striped cabbage moth larvae and cabbage loopers.  they had really done some damage to the foliage.  I was picking them off by hand (daily) and feeding them to the chickens, but after being gone for a couple of days, i lost the battle.  i could have sprayed them, but had made the decision a few years ago to have ‘no spray’ gardens.  (which is way i gave up on growing broccoli.  even after constantly picking off cabbage loopers, i would still find what was left of them after boiling or microwaving the broccoli…yuk)

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getting my fix with soy

the soys beans are ready.  the plants had fallen over a few times due to the (very few) storms we had this summer, but, they still did really well.  we decided to harvest half of them this morning.  only half you ask…the boys were helping and by the time they got to the third plant, all the fun was sucked right out of it.  we will, and by that i mean i will, finish picking the pods off the plants tonight. we’ll be eating edamame for a while. the rest i will blanch and then put them into bags for the freezer.

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the benefit of the soy plants is the great job they do at fixing nitrogen back into the soil. i usually cut the plant stalk at the soil line and leave the roots where they are.  with the boys helping, they were all about pulling the whole plant out of the ground…then removing the nitrogen fixing nodules from the roots and throwing back to the ground.

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copper marans are a layin’

one of the new girls has started to lay eggs.   i think its flo.  she was acting weird(more so than usual) the other day.  although the new girls are suppose to be copper marans, one of them (flo) looks like she’s half black australorp and half copper maran. the eggs are suppose to be a dark reddish burgundy.  maybe she just needs to get into the swing of things…or maybe her half and half breed lays this colored egg.  either way, since its her first attempt at laying, they are not too bad.  i assume the eggs will get larger as they get older.  she did miss the nesting box and the egg on the left is cracked on the bottom.

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