Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Vegetable Update and A Bit of BSP

First a reminder about the contest running until the end of the month. Just leave a comment on any Hearth Cricket post to enter.

The first prize is a copy of Something Borrowed, Something Bleu and an assortment of gourmet cheeses from

The second prize is a copy of Something Borrowed, Something Bleu as well as a copy of Making Cheese, Butter & Yogurt, a Storey Country Wisdom Bulletin by Ricki Carroll.


The tomatoes are coming on, the strawberries are beginning to pink up, and the onions are raging. We're eating out of the garden a lot now. The arugula is beginning to bolt, but I don't care because the little white flowers taste just as good as the leaves. I've taken to having an arugula salad every day for lunch, and will miss the peppery goodness when the season for it ends. Of course, something equally delicious will take its place.

The spinach that went in last fall began to get too big and tough for salads. I wilted about two pounds of it with garlic and pine nuts sauteed in olive and sesame oils. It's always amazing how much greens reduce in volume. The picture on the left only shows a third of the harvest, the one on the right all of it cooked down.

The onions are raging.

This one left from last year is totally out of control. See those little green spears behind this four-foot wonder? That's corn.

This broccoli will be harvested today. It's a little past its prime, but will still taste good. Especially with a cheese sauce!

The chard is happy happy in the slight shade from the cabbage leaves.

There are flowers bursting all over as well. The fluffy pink peonies are toast, but this dark red beauty is just coming into its own.

As for the promised BSP (blatant self-promotion), I've added some reviews of Something Borrowed, Something Bleu to the panel to the right. Be sure to comment before the end of the month in order to enter the drawing.


  1. Congratulations on the reviews. Your garden is looking great. We're just now getting things planted. LOL We're so far behind but at least we're giving it a shot. Just a few, tomatoes, peppers, okra, and squash.

    Thoughts in Progress

  2. Wow, your garden looks good enough to eat. And congratulations on the reviews.

  3. Great reviews! And the garden is beautiful, too.

  4. Mason, I tried to grow okra last year, but it up and died on me. Maybe it's too dry here?

    Lol, Rayna. It's a daily challenge to harvest the edibles in a timely manner.

    Thanks, Anon!

  5. Our garden is way behind. Tomato plants are still small. I hope it starts to catch up soon. We have gotten spinach and the strawberries are getting ready to ripen soon.

  6. Cricket, it doesn't GET too dry for Okra. My dad grew it in the Texas Panhandle. And there is NOTHING like fresh okra..mmmmm. I didn't plant anything this year, knowing that I had a couple of tough sessions with school coming up and I wouldn't have the time to tend and weed, but oh, I am missing fresh veggies!

  7. I'm getting hungry just looking at the neato pictures...would love to be able to garden but I don't like worms ...they gross me out ....I can however grow houseplants.

  8. I am so jealous of your garden! I can wait for fresh veggies :)

  9. Kerrie, this is the first year I've grown strawberries -- I can't believe how much they've grown. Do you cover yours so the birds don't get the berries?

    Shel, good to know! Maybe I'll try to grow okra again next year. Good luck with your busy schedule!

    jackie, that's funny about the worms. I'm afraid my houseplants suffer a bit in the summer when my focus is outside.

    Welcome to Hearth Cricket, Terri. Do you have a veg garden? I bet your growing season is pretty short, eh?