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Why I love the summer PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 30 August 2011 10:55

I love the abundance of the dwarf pear tree. This is the third year it has produced loads of fruit that has to be given away to my neighbors, family and friends. These are tasty Bartlett pears that I love yellow but some of my Filipino neighbors prefer to eat them crunchy and green. The tree was so laden down before the hurricane we removed most of the fruit so it wouldn't be blown off and wasted. I now have 4 brown paper Trader Joe bags filled with them.

summer pears

summer fruits and vegetables

Here is a kind of windowsill still life representing what else I love about summer. Early on, when I started this website/blog about urban gardening I received some criticism for the idea. One person commented, "But you are only growing handfuls of food!" (Why bother was the subtext here). Maybe the "handfuls" are what the point is. I won't always have fresh basil and tomatoes but when I do you can bet they are going into a salad, pesto or topping for margarita pizza. When I have Swiss chard or Beet greens, they substitute for Red Sails Lettuce that doesn't do well in the heat. The radishes and peppers are a spicy addition to a salad when the little sweet onions are gone. This makes summer eating more interesting. Spring is great too with Snow Peas, onions, lettuce, as is the fall with Kale, Beets, Radishes, etc.

The point is, I am eating what is available from my garden when it's available and I adjust the menu to accommodate what's available. This is similar to "eating deep in the season", meaning you eat what's there when it's there. I've seen this idea alluded to in reading about Europe. We, of course, are not going to replace the supermarket with urban gardening but we are going to be enjoying the special foods we grew ourselves. Growing and eating some of your own food also ties in with the idea of the 100 Mile Diet. This makes even more sense as gasoline prices start to climb again.

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 February 2012 11:33
Good Eatin Time Soon PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 15 August 2011 09:50

Second week of August and the tomatoes and peppers are enjoying the sun, heat and now the rain.This growing season seems to have had a slow start around here. Usually, we had more tomatoes by this time. Nothing beats fresh tomatoes in a salad along with fresh herbs and greens.

Mixed herbs in a fencebox. (Cilantro, Basil, Dill)
cilantro basil and dill

Hot yellow Pepper

yellow pepper

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 February 2012 11:35
The Garden in August PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 08 August 2011 08:43

This is prime growing time in the garden. Below are some pix of what's happening in the City Garden right now...

green pepper

Hot weather veggies like peppers and tomatoes are flourishing

red and yellow cherry tomatoes

Roses and zinnias are going strong along with the petunias which just need to be dead headed to keep growing.

pink zinnia

Voodoo Rose flower

It's too nice to stay inside so it's outside to plan on how to use the garden's bounty.

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 February 2012 11:38
Lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 13 July 2011 11:00

Summer is going full swing with the heat and humidity here. Great weather for tomatoes and peppers. We've been enjoying Swiss Chard and Kale now that the lettuce and peas are done. The blackberries are starting to ripen and we've enjoyed some blueberries but the Catbirds did too...

Rocky Mtn. Coral Geranium

I am always amazed at how flowers at dusk almost seem to glow on their own and many seem to exude their frangrance at twilight too. Pictured here are geranium and cosmo flowers.

Cosmo Flower

These lovely orchids are back for an encore after last winter. They are white with just a touch of lavender

White and lavender orchid

The veggie department outside in the box is moving right along. We have had cucumber, chard, onion, herb and cherry tomato salads two or three times a week now.

Early Girl tomato


Last Updated on Thursday, 16 February 2012 11:40
Late June in My City Garden PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 28 June 2011 07:36

Things are moving right along here. The tomatoes, cucumbers, Swiss Chard, kale and peppers are growing more quickly now. The heat is on the snow peas and lettuce are finishing up. The kale and chard are more heat resistant greens, so we go with those now. Blueberries and some blackberries are on the way in containers. With a little planning, you can allocate your space for your favorites. I've been experimenting with the berries to see what does best. The strawberries we had didn't do very well this year which may because they like to sent out runners unlike the bush berries. Below are this weeks pix of the garden's progress.

Basil is great for a garnish or Summer Pesto

Kale is great fried with onion and butter

Summer Daisies - Simple and beautiful

No lillies yet, got a late start this year.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 June 2011 08:32
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