In the Garden, That Cat of Ours

Winding Down?

The grow camp and deck garden are starting to send the message that the growing season is coming to a close. After an impressive second wind, the bush beans are spent. I don’t think I’ll be getting much more from them. The tomatoes have also slowed down to a crawl, with only cherry tomatoes still in active production. The eggplant are still producing, even though they were being choked by the cucumber vines (I decided to pull the cucumber plants out today as they were not producing much besides foliage. I did find the cucumber pictured above hiding out under all the vines, though!)

One plant that hasn’t slowed down is my jalapeno! “Spicy,” as the kids have named him, is producing like crazy! I never expected to get this many peppers off of one plant, and this isn’t even all of them!

Fluffers the Cat checks out the harvest.

I have some more recipes to share this week, including an easy green bean side dish and a tomato soup that I created by accident while trying to make tomato sauce! I’ve also been trying my hand at heirloom seed saving. Stay tuned!

P.S. If you want to know more about the furry critter pictured above, you can read his story here.




In the Garden

Purples and Greens

This past Tuesday, I raked in my best harvest yet – a basketful of pretty purples and greens!

The bush beans had dwindled over the past few weeks, but it seems they have gotten a second wind! This is the most I have been able to harvest in one day.

The jalapenos are going to wait for a few more of their friends to join them and then they are destined to become poppers.

The purple pepper is the very first from my carnival pepper seeds. These plants are not big producers (they weren’t last year, either) but they sure are pretty when they do produce!

Last but not least, the eggplant! I’m still thinking about what to do with these beauties. We have already done eggplant parmesan, and I’m already planning on breading and frying the poppers, so I’d rather not bread and fry the eggplant, too. Any ideas, fellow gardeners and veggie lovers? Tell me how you like your eggplant!