July 24, 2010

How Does My Garden Grow? Take a Look!

Crazy hectic week, but I did get a little time to spend harvesting a few items from the garden. The vegetables are small this year due to a month of drought in June and into July, but a few recent downpours have helped.  The tomatoes have grown at least two more feet of vines and promise many tomatoes in the next month or two.  The peppers love it hot so they are doing well.  However, the onions are barely bigger than the sets I planted and the tops are dried, so I pulled all of them today.  They will do for salads and additions to sauces.  Surprisingly, I have some nice lettuce and sorrel for greens this late into a very hot summer.  I also pulled the two potato plants and got a few purple skinned potatoes.  They are not paleo, but I don't think a potato once in a while is going to do anyone in.  Patty pan and zucchini squash are starting to come in and I have a feeling we will soon be overloaded with those.  And for the first time, I got a nice large eggplant.  It is an heirloom variety, apparently very resistant to flea beetles, and it has been doing very well compared to its non-heirloom cousin planted right next to it.  I will have to keep that one on my list for next year.  I have a lot of veggies in the nightshade family, but these have never bothered me, so they are not on my list to avoid.  Herbs are also doing well - anyone need some dill?


  1. Laurie, what a beautiful spread of garden gems. They are almost too beautiful to eat. This looks like it should be a still life for a dining room or kitchen. Are those Thai chilis that I see? I miss my garden. Arizona is too hot for such lovelies. Enjoy every bite!

  2. Yes, those are Thai chilis. Hot little devils :) I buy most of the plants/seeds from a Landreth's, a local company that ships everywhere. They specialize in heirloom and hard to find varieties. That eggplant is one of the best I have ever tasted. We had it sliced and grilled. Creamy and meaty at the same time.