Monday, July 19, 2010

the busy season

The garden has been demanding a good
bit of attention of late.
These sunny faces are all volunteers,
transplanted from the potato patch...
If only I had some tall, strong volunteers
of the human sort to help with all
the weeding :)
Early morning is my favorite time to
weed the garden,
and I actually made it out there
several mornings last week.
Zucchini has been grated and frozen,
made into muffins & cakes,
sliced, fried, and sprinkled with grated romano,
and cubed & skewered on shish kabobs.
Cucumbers have been thrown into salads,
cut up and eaten plain,
and made into refrigerator pickles...

The blueberries have been on now for
a couple weeks.
They've been added to breakfast smoothies,
eaten on yogurt with granola,
thrown into pancakes,
made into pies,
and pounds of them have been
frozen for winter enjoyment.

Today I froze up lots of broccoli,
and tomorrow
I'm heading out to the blackberry patch.
The 'Busy Season' is here.


  1. Your garden is gorgeous! Ours is a little behind yours. Have you tried zucchini sliced fairly thin, sprinkled with feta and drizzled with honey and baked @ 350 for about 20-25 minutes until it starts to get golden? It is so good. Everyone who grows zuchiini needs just one more recipe for it right:>)

  2. Lovely garden! Your making me

  3. Wow, you don't have a spare minute, do you? It all looks so lovely. I would help you pick...that's for sure...just for a chance at all those wonderful veggies and fruits.

  4. Just discovered your lovely blog and have really enjoyed reading your posts! Your garden is beautiful! I'm looking forward to reading more...I am a new follower!

  5. Hi there Deb,
    It is broccoli time here in South Australia too, just wondering how you freeze it, because I always end up with too much and it goes to waste?
    Many thanks, Suzanne.

  6. A lot of pretty photos on your blog. I love the garden and the lovely furniture, basket chairs and so on. It looks so peaceful and clean.

    Your fleamarked find, the Amish blanket are so great. So cute vintage prints and colours. Love it!

  7. Anonymous5:07 AM

    Wow...what an abundance of food you have coming from your garden! Here, I have yet to pick a thing...the tomatoes shoud be soon, I think...
    Beautiful photos...and I love your kitchen!
    You must have a LOT of blueberry bushes!!
    Have fun in the blackberry patch!

  8. Love, love, love your blog!
    Can you tell me how you freeze grated zucchini? My kiddos just devour zucchini bread and muffins, and I'd like to freeze some of the summer's bounty to use later in the year!
    chinamama4 @ gmail . com

  9. I do hope to be as industrious one of these years. My dad always has a garden and I just adore fresh veggies and such. Yours looks amazing.

    Oh! I'm having a "Simple Pleasures" blog party on Thursday, unless I screwed something up with Mr. Linky (ha). Hope you'll join me.

  10. I just love the idea that plants can be volunteers. That term is new to me this year and so descriptive. Lovely photos as usual.

  11. Do you just know how to freeze the zucchini and blueberries or do you recommend a source of info? I'll do a google search, but if you recommend any source in particular I'd like to know.

    I'm entirely new at this. I tried freezing green beans and onion slices last year and they got freezer burn. I have a vacuum sealer now so I think that will with the freezer burn.

  12. I had sunflowers last year. One by one they were destroyed by squirrels climbing up them, presumably to get the seeds. Your harvest is looking good. Am jealous of your winter stash. xx

  13. Your garden looks beautiful!! We've been enjoying the fruits of our (my)labor here too. Is it possible for you to share your recipe for the refrigerator pickles?

  14. It may be busy, but isn't it great!? I love going out and finding treasures in the garden.

  15. Every day after work I head into the garden to see what there is to add to dinner and to preserve. It's busy, but I love it.

  16. Such a beautiful garden! Love how you are enjoying the bounty.

  17. What a beautiful garden you have Deb! Isn't it wonderful being able to stock up for winter, I love that. I also love the picture of you and your honey, very sweet!
    Have a great day!


  18. Anonymous8:12 AM

    You have the most beautiful pictures on your blog. I found it looking for knitting ideas (I'm a baby knitter still) but I have kept coming back because of the photographs.

    BTW, I've nominated you for a Versatile Blogger award over on my blog. :-)
    Love your posts!

  19. Your garden looks amazing! I wish I had room for sunflowers- they are so happy, and my dad always grew them for looks and birdseed!
    Thanks for the lovely pictures!

  20. Your garden looks wonderful! Early morning is my favorite time to weed also. It's just so neat to watch the earth wake up.


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