Thursday, July 21, 2011

the garden is rolling deep

like crazy amounts of zucchini and beans deep!  the basil has been going full force for awhile now.  the garden has been such a blessing.  not only is it yielding amazing amounts of vegetables but it is giving our family a whole other activity.  we are in the garden every day!  pulling weed, watering, mowing, and picking!



zucchini

beans

cucumbers

corn.  the far box was planted two weeks after the box closest to you in the picture.  this was so that all the corn didn't come at once.  also our poor corn was leveled in a really bad storm last week.  look how well it has recovered!


so this was my kitchen yesterday!  i had planned on making zucchini relish but my mother in law came over and found the garden overflowing with veggies!  so she stayed and picked beans, snapped them, blanced them and put them in the freezer.

yum.

i did make zucchini relish (it had to set overnight before canning)

we also shredded most of this zucchini and froze it.  whew!

i'll tackle the cucumbers today.

this basil was transformed into deeeeelicious pesto!

i did sneak a few cucumbers to make this easy salad for dinner.  shredded cucumbers, sugar, white vinegar and some water.  ohmyword.

i am using these two books right now to help me with canning and for my relish and pesto recipes.


26 comments:

  1. Wow! Now that's a lot of garden goodness right there. And here I was thinking my ONE raised bed was enough work!

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  2. I just showed pictures of your garden to my garden. I'm hoping it becomes competitive and turns itself around. Seriously. I've had one tomato and one pepper. Garden needs to shape up!

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  3. You are one industrious woman! I'm tired just reading about it, lol!

    Sue
    xo

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  4. You are one industrious woman! I'm tired just reading about it, lol!

    Sue
    xo

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  5. Canning is on my list of things to do!!! I've done jam but I'd like to do more. I wasn't able to try it this year but I'm aiming for next year. Great garden!

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  6. Hahaha...now when people ask "how do you keep your kids entertained while living in the country" you have another activity to add to the list:)
    What amazing bounty you have there. Its all making my belly grumble.

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  7. My grandma used to make that cucumber salad. If you explain it to people, they usually frown on it, but it IS sooooo good! Have fun with all your fresh, homegrown bounty!

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  8. Great post, your garden is fantastic. I have more cherry tomatoes than I know what to do with right now. I love your raised beds I have 5 and was thinking of expanding next year and adding a fence the whole 9 yards...now I'm not sure I could keep up. Thanks for all of the ideas. Take Care, Carrie

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  9. Wow! Good for you! Your garden is amazing. We have one measly raised bed this year, but we hope to make more next year. Yours is an inspiration!

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  10. You are soooo brave to try canning! You make it seem easy! The garden looks fabulous!!!!

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  11. Our garden was off to a grand start before a nasty hail storm LEVELED the whole thing! Dang it!!!

    I was going to try to can things from it - I guess I'll have to go to the Farmer's Markets. Thanks for the canning books - I'll have to pick them up!

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  12. Impressive! Mine is making a slow come back after a cool and rainy spring. I hope it picks up speed soon!

    Jo

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  13. I can't wait until we start getting more veggies up here. It's been a slow growing season b/c of the super wet spring and now the extremely dry summer.

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  14. Your garden looks great! Thanks for sharing the pictures. Our garden didn't get enough attention this year, and it is slowly going downhill. :-(

    What are you going to make with the cucumbers? I have a lot of those and I'm trying to figure out how to get the rest of the family to eat them. :-)

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  15. mmmmmmmmmmm. it ALL looks wonderful!

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  16. I love to freeze the shredded zucchini in sandwich sized bags and add to soups and sauces all year. I do it with the yellow squash too, for lighter colored soups. Yum!!! Loving your garden...getting tired of mine and it's only just started to produce!

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  17. Oh my gosh!! I would love to have something like that!

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  18. How fun! We had a great garden when we lived in the country in MN. But after the first year, we decided no more zucchini... and more corn, tomatoes and zucchini. My favorite part about it was making a new kind of salsa every day out of necessity. Miss that part of it. Still have to figure out Texas gardening. It's just sooo hot and dry here in the summer.
    Beautiful garden! Good job!

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  19. Please tell me you didn't chop that zucchini by hand!

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  20. I am so impressed....and completely ashamed at my gardening skills since I come from parents who have gardened all of their 45 years of marriage.

    it takes a LOT of time and I just didn't put the time into this summer that I needed to....which means our garden has all but flopped. :(

    did I say that I'm impressed?

    so, so, so impressed.

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  21. ....i cut the zucchini by hand ONLY for the relish...the rest was grated up in the food processor!! :)

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  22. I am so impressed! What a great looking garden. Keep us all up to date as you harvest more.

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  23. Your garden looks great. We have one but it just didn't do so great this year. Our fault...

    I think my husband may consider the raised beds next year as we have seen so many looking so good this year.

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  24. I love zuchinni season. I bake muffins and breads (with choc chips of course), fry on on the grill. There is so much to do with it! Wish we lived closer. It's only just starting here in Wisconsin.

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  25. I love how versatile zucchini is, whether baking (choc chip muffins) or stir fry or on the grill. It's just starting to reach it's peak here in Wisconsin. I can't wait.
    Gardening is definitely a hobby you need to give attention to daily. I love your enthusiasm! With all the summer heat/humidity, I think just about everyone's garden is thriving!

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