Veggie Garden Updates

So far this week, we got over 7 inches of rain and the plants are taking off. Hopefully, we won’t get too much rain.

The tomato plants are about halfway up the cages and are fruiting, onions are getting fat stems, garlic scapes are out, lettuce is getting ready to bolt, kale is still hanging in, beans are sprouted, peppers, eggplant, squash, cukes and zukes are blooming.

A bee doing what bees do.

Pickling Cuke and a bee doing what bees do.

It shouldn’t be long before we have fresh tomatoes! As expected, New Girl is the first to fruit. We might make that July 4th deadline yet!

New Girl Tomato reporting for duty!

New Girl Tomato babies!

There is oregano growing in several locations around the yard. I harvested the first batch over the weekend. My gas oven is an older model with a pilot light. It keeps a steady 110 degrees and is perfect for drying herbs and making yogurt. I clean the stems and layer it up on some cookie sheets. Two or three days in the oven and they’re crispy dry. I pick the leaves off, keeping them whole and store in mason jars. Whole leaves have a longer shelf life than ground and crushing the leaves right before using releases that wonderful oregano scent.

Oregano leaves

Oregano ready to dry in the oven

With the help of the garden planning software, I did figure out what cabbage varieties go with each season. I planted the seeds directly in the garden about a week ago and I’m still waiting for it to sprout. I hope it wasn’t too late.

The blueberries are coming along nicely. I’m sure the birds are watching them as closely as I am. We netted the bush one year and a robin got caught in it and died. No more nets for us, we will share our small blueberry crop with the birds. I hope they leave us some this year.


3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Elaine on June 11, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    Thanks for the tips for drying oregano!


  2. Posted by izzy66 on June 11, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    I prefer dry whole oregano from self harvest too, but when plentiful I prefer to pinch a bunch in small wires and hang them from tacks or hooks on the wall. They lose moisture naturally without losing as much oil as a heated drying can. Plus, it looks pretty cool in the kitchen.


  3. Posted by meower on June 11, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    love this! & I need to get one of those dryers you sent me the link to. . . .


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