orange icicle tomato soup

the orange icicle paste tomatoes are definitely my favorite this year. they absolutely hold their color when cooked,  making them great in tomato soup, along with garlic and onions (all from our gardens). i did throw in a couple of green zebra’s that were hanging around.

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boys garden 2.0

well, we’re officially into fall, so time to plant more stuff.  the boys decided they would pull out what was currently planted in their beds, and replant it with new veggies. one bed was completely emptied, while the other bed left some of the marigolds. 

we let the girls scratch at them for a bit.  surprising, they were finding grub after grub.  it’s like popcorn for chickens.

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after they were done ( and i don’t say full, because i don’t think the girls are ever full), the boys picked what fall/winter crop they wanted to plant.  one planted two kinds of lettuce and carrots, leaving room for more seeds in a few weeks.  the other planted the following…

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oh my…it’s been awhile

oops…been so busy starting another blog, that i guess i forgot to keep up with this one, but, its not like the garden(s) have forgot.  what’s new…and old.  the okra is pretty much done.  i have left a lonely burgundy okra on the plant to hopefully get seeds for next year.  actually, that’s the only plant that has slowed down.  basil will be ready to pick again in a week or so.  The lima beans are still producing. The marconi peppers, california wonders, and the poblanos are going nuts.  I always thought of them as a hot weather plant, but when fall gets close, they really turn up their production.  they tomatoes are still coming on.  which is good since i still want to can pasta/marinara sauce.

the fall/winter planting has begun.  soy beans, green beans, leeks, onions (my experiment), rutabaga, beets, radish, and lettuce, have been planted and are up and growing.  in the next few days, i will plant peas, carrots and more lettuce.  just finished an interesting trellis for the green bean.  i will post that later this week.

and now for the photos…

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rutabaga, beets and lettuce

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watermelon

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the girls following me to the lower garden

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they’re laying like crazy and i forgot a basket.  oh well, a hat works just as well.

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zinnias, o’zinnias (still)

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teddy bear sunflowers that were suppose to be @ 30″ tall.  they only made it to 8″.

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holy poblanos, batman

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basil and tomatoes

i’ve been looking at the basil plants for a few weeks now, wondering when i would get around to picking it.  i decided to ‘go for it’ this evening, knowing full well i would then be making pesto.  i don’t think it’s just me…but basil starts to smell like licorice about half way into harvesting.  

plant of left has been trimmed and one one right is next (and if you look to the bottom left, there’s delenn the hen, below hoping i’ll toss a tomato down to her)

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after i have washed and dried the basil leaves

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i took a picture of the pesto just before i put it into the freezer…but it looked horribly unappetizing.  maybe it will look better after it freezes.

 

i also canned the tomatoes from the other day.  orange icicles, violet jasper, and rio grande roma’s.

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a little bit of everything…with photos

busy busy.  there is always something to pick…and then process, or eat, or give away.

first, let me make myself a note that we will not grow black beans next year.  a lot of work for a little product.  fun, but not worth the real estate.

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butternut squash – a volunteer from the compost

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violet jaspers just keep coming

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oh, the zinnias

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yellow, orange, oink and red heirlooms

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delenn = bad chicken

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lima bean, o lima bean

I have finally managed to grow enough lima beans so the boys can snack on them  (right of the vine), and, actually have enough to make it inside for dinner.  this year i grew the heirloom variety ‘christmas.’  the bean is red and white marbled, and apparently, hold some of their color when steamed…which ends up being kinda gross (grayish color with a hint of pink…my first though was ‘brains’).  i think next year i may skip the lima’s, or at the least go back to the ‘king of the garden’.  by the way, i switched a few years back from the bush type to the pole type ( and there are not a lot of choices for the pole type) because the bush kind attracted slugs…lots of slugs.

i have two tee pee’s set up for the lima beans.  the one below, i was trying to make look like a person.  he’s sort of gotten away from me.

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