Monday, June 28, 2010

Self seeding tomatoes

For the past two years we've let the crop of tomatoes self seed in the flower patch as well as in the veggie patch.  Little mator sprouts are popping up like weeds.  These guys are looking for homes, plant trades are welcome.

There are a couple Mortgage Lifters in there with a bunch of cherry tomatoes.

Raspberry harvest time

July is almost here, which means raspberry harvesting for snacks.  The strainer will begin its summer stint on the counter, rather than in the drawer, with all the tasty morsels maturing.

What's your favorite raspberry dish?

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Full bounty

This year, with the lack of rabbit population, the vegetable garden is in full swing.  Giant Marconi peppers, have been intermingled with melons, herbs, bamboo, and flowers off the patio to encourage bees and birds.  What can be better than walking out the kitchen in bare feet, feeling the warmth of the pavers through my toes, and snipping a pepper to slice open for baking with olive oil in the oven. 

Our guests this past weekend exlaimed, "you have peppers already!" In frustration that their WA vegetables are not off to such a running start.

Our beekeeping uncle left behind a bait hive.  We're to monitor it and if we see a swarm hanging around, call him.  Do we get some portion of the honey if we help with the baiting?

Monday, June 7, 2010

Deadheading the Rhododendron

In my annual tradition of a therapeutic exercise, I enjoy an hour or so over several days of deadheading, or removing the expired flowers from our purple Rhododendron. As this site will tell you, http://www.rhododendron.org/pruning.htm, deadheading is certainly not required, but you may find yourself enjoying the practice, it is repetitive and peaceful, allowing me to enter my own thoughts.

Here I come you shriveled up dry purple flowers. Get ready to join the compost.

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