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|Sat, 06-18-2011 - 7:49pm|
I have to say that my tomato plants are growing so big. I'm SO excited about them! I'm going to harvest my first broccoli tonight. It's SO ready to be harvested and we found that if I make sure to cut it right at the base of where the head stalk meets the plant, it should shoot off some extra smaller pieces. I hope to get max yield from these plants! Next year, I'll have to see if we can get more than 4 plants done. 4 broccoli crowns just doesn't seem like enough for us! I might have to stagger when I buy them so that I don't get them all ready all at once. :) We LOVE broccoli! LOL! My peas aren't working out quite as well. I think the early rain kind of drowned it a bit. We got a few peas initially, but it wasn't really enough to save for anything. So, maybe if we do them again, we'll just grow them for fun to just eat the few off the plant as they ripen. I got more lettuce, but I'm not sure how much we'll get yield-wise out of it. I might be better off choosing something else next year and just buying the bulk leaf lettuce at the store. Our carrots are sprouting nowhere near where I planted them. LOL! But, they're coming up!I got a couple of zucchini plants, but they were the last of what they had at the nursery and they looked kinda wilty. They've perked up a little bit, so I'm hoping they will produce something. It's my first attempt, so I don't know that I'll be perfect my first (or even second or third) year at this. :) It's all trial and error. I have been doing a decent job keeping the non-veggie growth out of the garden, though. Gotta love all those "helicopters" and things that blow into there. :)
On another note, we went to an organic berry farm the other day and picked 8 quarts of strawberries. I tried my hand at making jam. I messed it up a little bit (it's kinda runny), but it still tastes fantastic and worked well over pancakes last night and on PBJ sandwiches today. I have enough berried that I have hulled and washed and put in the freezer that I can thaw out once we use up some of the jars that I messed up. I'll make some more jam and hopefully do it right next time around! :)
I also can't wait for blueberry season to come. We'll have to pick probably 25 pints of blueberries so we have enough to eat and enough to make blueberry jam. :) We go through blueberries like they're going out of style! :) I think each of us can eat our own pint of them in a sitting. :)
Just had to update how we're doing with our summer fruits and veggies! :)