Here are a few photos of the Thanksgiving feast I attended at a friend’s house. I contributed the cornmeal bread as requested. Thanks for your hospitality Pamela!
Sweet potatoes w/ lemons
Roasted root vegetables
I hope you all had a pleasant holiday. I’m thankful for having such a great group of friends!
Photo snapped at 2:30 pm Pacific time at an altitude of 30,000 feet while we were descending towards San Jose, California on October 25th. The lighting was just right to create good shadows to accentuate Half Dome in Yosemite National Park.
Happy Hiking (or climbing)!
What a difference a day (or week) can make. While I was out of town we had our first frost on October 25th. My garden went from green to brown, colorful to drab. As you will see in the photos below, most of the plants didn’t survive the frost and my flowers went from technicolor to no color overnight. I can’t complain. This has been one of the best years I’ve had in my garden despite the not so ideal (cool and wet) conditions. I harvested what remained on the wilted plants – one ripe and many green tomatoes, one tiny butternut squash, lots of habanero and jalapeno peppers and a nice pile of Swiss chard. Thanks Mother Nature!
Goodbye garden. See you next year!
I was in the mood for a change, so here’s what popped up! For the recipe, follow this link: Eight Grain Boule
The 2013 growing season is winding down. It has been a pleasure walking out to my garden this year to check the progress of my babies!
I snapped a few photos on September 7th, the day that most fruit was ripening nicely. The photo of this year’s bounty was taken on September 16th. In that photo there is Swiss chard to the left, ancho, New Mexican and jalapeno peppers in the center and the lone butternut squash on the right. In the background are Speckled Roman, Marvel Stripe, Black Krim and Gold Medal tomatoes.
Still to come are more tomatoes, jalapeno and habanero peppers, and hopefully another butternut squash. I planted more spicy lettuce mix a couple of days ago now that the weather here is cooling off. Looking forward to munching on more garden bounty in a couple of weeks!!
Here are the photos:
Hoping your garden is growing awesomely too!
This has not been the best year in my garden, but it also hasn’t been the worst. Compared to last year though, it’s looking pretty good for productivity. All of the plants seem to be delayed by 3 to 4 weeks due to the cool, wet summer weather. I have fewer and smaller tomatoes, but there are quite a variety of peppers although no habaneros yet. There’s only one butternut squash on the three plants I have growing. The two basil plants are about half the size they were last summer. I’m hoping w/ the hot weather forecasted for the upcoming week that all the plants will thrive! All in all, I must say that I’m fairly happy w/ the way things look at this point… definitely an improvement over last year’s miserable summer!! In looking ahead to next year, I think that I’ll start my seeds earlier so that by the time the ground is warm enough for them to be planted they will be bigger and stronger than they were this year.
Take a look at how things are shaping up right now…
(photos taken on August 23rd)
Ancho, New Mexican and Jalapeno peppers
Caribbean Red pepper
Black Krim and Caribbean Red
That’s all folks!
These beauties are called Speckled Roman tomatoes (harvested on 7/29). Here’s the description of them from the pack of seeds – “Intriguing paste tomato with orange & yellow stripes! Yummy flavor, very meaty, excellent for sauce, canning and freezing.” I found them to be slightly sweet w/ a light acidity. Pineapple tomatoes are sweeter but they take much longer to ripen. I definitely will be growing these again next year! The prettiest tomatoes I’ve ever grown!! As you can see in the last photo, the interior has a lot of meat and very little juice and seeds. I’m sure they would be great for a sauce, but I prefer just slicing my homegrowns and making a tomato salad or putting them in a sandwich!
Lovin’ this year’s crop!
Last night’s dinner w/ friends. Recipe furnished upon request…
May your stomach always be happy!
The garden seems to be enjoying the summer weather in St. Louis this year which has been milder (i.e., cooler and wetter) than normal. There are a couple things going on w/ my tomato plants which I find troubling and mystifying. A couple of weeks ago one of my White Tomesol tomato plants started wilting and stopped growing so I pulled it and replaced it w/ a Caribbean Red chili pepper plant. The same thing started happening to my only Green Zebra tomato plant last week and it looked so pitiful yesterday I pulled it out. I was bummed out because it had started fruiting a couple of weeks ago. Two of my other tomato plants have some bottom branches that are yellowing but the rest of the plants look healthy and some are starting to fruit. The peppers, chard, kale and butternut squash plants are growing well. I’ll harvest the chard today to sauté for dinner and do a second harvest of the kale as well. I harvested the lettuce for the 3rd time last week but will let it bolt because it’s starting to get bitter in the hotter temperatures. The zinnias, hummingbird flowers and wildflowers are doing very well and are adding nice splashes of color to my summer garden. The herbs are doing well too. I’m looking forward to using my basil soon in homegrown caprese salads! That’s all for now. On to the photos which were taken on 7/11/13.
May our thumbs (and our plants) stay green this season!
Here are a few photos I snapped while working during the week of 7/2 – 7/8/13. The western U.S. has some beautiful landmarks! (click on photos to enlarge)
Mount Shasta 7/2/13:
Lake Tahoe 7/7/13:
Long, tiring week… great to be home!!