Late June Stuff – Tobacco & Adventurous Frog

Finally pulled up the over-wintered tobacco experiment — attracting whiteflies and takes too much space! On to the compost pile.A first: Froggy surprise in my tool bag! I often find frogs guarding the spinach & chard, sometimes 1 or 2 in a flower pot on the fern stand — they seem to return after being gone awhile. I love when they talk at night outside bedroom deck door…

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Last Pepper Harvest: 5-6 pounds

Picked a peck (and a half) of peppers yesterday, the last of the 2017 crop. 5-6 Pounds.  There are still lemons on the Meyer, celery, lots of Swiss chard and spinach.  Time to clean up the pepper beds and plant for winter: beets, carrots, arugula, lettuce.  Experiment with Fall-planted Beefeater tomatoes:  they have blossoms on them, but not looking too robust.  Hopefully sunshine next couple of days will give ’em a boost!   Thanks for stopping by!

 

Mid-December Update

Picked a few lemons — many more to come. Prepping plenty of Peppers for freezing. Olives produced fruit this year, but may not quite push it out. Grapes also produced edibles at last! Greenhouse yielding lots of Swiss chard, spinach, peppers, arugula; need to replant, but waiting for the peppers to finish on the sunny south side. 7 Beefeater tomatoes 18” high and holding their own in these short days — a first-time winter experiment.Warmest Holiday Wishes to all Family & Friends!!

Blueberries, Garlic & Fried Green Tomatoes

Tasty combo, hey? Has a nice ring to it anyhow… Went blueberry picking this week at Valentine’s ranch with my friend Donna. We learned that a spring hailstorm had seriously damaged the berry blossoms, so the picking season would be curtailed. Nonetheless, I picked 12 lbs, Donna 17! Yesterday it was time to pull the Elephant Garlic and the “Big Beef” tomato plant in the greenhouse had to be relieved of some fruit. Fortunately I have a friend who loves fried green tomatoes; funny, it never occurred to me that green tomatoes aren’t generally available commercially — ya gotta know someone!

Surprise in our Berry Bramble

I was gathering greens + flowers today, adding to Mother’s Grocery delivery, and came across a Pacific tree frog in the blackberry bramble (our freezer berry supply). Not sure if it’s a thimbleberry or a salmonberry providing a perch, but FYI…their greens last a LONG time in flower arrangements. This frog IS little, maybe half-grown; there’s an ample supply of spiders, fly-bys and creepies to hunt here, but he/she also runs the risk of froggy-eating birds that may come along. Don’t miss Mother’s when you visit Bandon! For you cyclists out there, it’s a convenient spot to stock up, grab a meal in the deli, and just a few doors away is South Coast Bicycles.

=sigh= For freshness’ sake, I decided to postpone veggie delivery ’til next week — the roses a bit paltry too — but I thank our 14 y/o senior citizen, Orphan Annie, for posing (sort of) in the background.

 

Quirky year in the garden…

After a cool, wet Spring, peppers started from seed are FINALLY starting to thrive; 140+ plants, 25 varieties. I confess to purchasing a few, just to make sure SOME peppers come off before August!
Meanwhile, the 11 olive trees are fruiting like crazy — maybe they liked the cool, wet Spring?