Another update in pictures (SO MANY PICTURES!)

At some point we really need to figure out how to do these image-based posts so that you wonderful readers don’t have to scroll for miles. But until we do, here we go with the scrolling!

First off, Happy August! We’re now starting to harvest tons of things in earnest. Here’s one of our most recent bounties:

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From left to right (sort of): cowpeas, cucumbers, banana peppers, a lone ground cherry, and tons of tomatoes — Yellow Gooseberry, Rutgers, Super Sweet 100 cherries, and a San Marzano for good measure.

We took a chance of gathering up some of the cowpeas after figuring out that that should be reaching maturity by now. when we shelled a couple, the results were mixed:

Hmmm...not quite...
Hmmm…not quite

The variety we got are supposed to produced red beans, but that wasn’t the case here. Oh well, there are plenty more on the plant. Meanwhile, with so many tomatoes from multiple harvests, it was time to do some roasting! These guys ended up in a delectable sauce:

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If only this was scratch and sniff…so yummy!

So that’s how things are looking inside. Outside, we’ve been lucky to have a few rainy days this past week to help with the watering. All the plants and flowers are looking great! So here’s the part where you start scrolling. On with the show!

So starting on the side of the house, the cherry tomatoes plants are coming along. They're growing a bit slower than the ones we had in this spot last year.
So starting on the side of the house, the cherry tomatoes plants are coming along. They’re growing a bit slower than the ones we had in this spot last year.
On the adjacent corner we have very happy tomatoes and marigolds.
On the adjacent corner we have very happy tomatoes and marigolds.
Detouring to the porch, the herbs look great and taste even better!
Detouring to the porch, the herbs look great and taste even better!
Our red basil (though it is purple) is some of tastiest we've ever had.
Our “red” basil (though it is purple) is some of tastiest we’ve ever had.
Here's a funny story. Last year we planted parsley and it didn't grow at all. This year, parsley!
Here’s a funny story. Last year we planted parsley and it didn’t grow at all. This year, we didn’t plant parsley and now we have some!
In raised bed 1, the romanecso that had been attacked by something is actually coming back, as is the kale. Meanwhile, we cleared out all the riff raff and did a second planting of greens.
In raised bed 1, the romanecso that had been attacked by something is actually coming back, as is the kale. Meanwhile, we cleared out all the riff raff and did a second planting of greens.
The cucumbers in raised bed 2 aren't quite as prolific as they were last year, but they're still coming along.
The cucumbers in raised bed 2 aren’t quite as prolific as they were last year, but they’re still coming along.
In raised bed number 3, we pulled all the dead snow peas (capturing an seed we could). Meanwhil, We've been slowly picking (and enjoying) the delicious soybeans.
In raised bed number 3, we pulled all the dead snow peas (capturing any seeds we could). Meanwhile, we’ve been slowly picking (and enjoying) the delicious soybeans.
And in the final raised bed, many of the greens are going to seed, but they are all still delicious.
And in the final raised bed, many of the greens are going to seed, but they are all still delicious.
Moving onto the stone bed, we're going to have more tomatoes than we know what to do with! (Though we do have plenty of ideas.)
Moving onto the stone bed, we’re going to have more tomatoes than we know what to do with! (Though we do have plenty of ideas.)
A view of the other side of the stone bed. Tomatoes and marigolds galore!
A view of the other side of the stone bed. Tomatoes and marigolds galore!
And speaking of tomatoes, we cleared out the section where we had planted melons. Since none of the took, we used the space to plant some extra tomato plants. Not the best spot for tomatoes, but we'll see how they do.
And speaking of tomatoes, we cleared out the section where we had planted melons. Since none of the took, we used the space to plant some extra tomato plants. Not the best spot for tomatoes, but we’ll see how they do.
And finally with the tomatoes, here's how the plants at the back of the house look. Not too bad!
And finally with the tomatoes, here’s how the plants at the back of the house look. Not too bad!
We've also got lots of peppers. Plenty of peppers. Too many peppers? Never!
We’ve also got lots of peppers. Plenty of peppers. Too many peppers? Never!
Moving to the long bed, the corn and sunflowers are coming along. The zucchini, not so much, sadly.
Moving to the long bed, the corn is coming along. The zucchini, not so much. Oh, the plants are blooming, yes, but no sign of any squash.
Looking at the other side of the long bed, the sunflowers are also starting bloom.
Looking at the other side of the long bed, the sunflowers are also starting bloom.
In fact, we've got one  fully open sunflower! The bees really like it. (Hopefully the birds and squirrels won't).
In fact, we’ve got one fully open sunflower! The bees really like it. (Hopefully the birds and squirrels won’t).
Remember those long cowpeas? Here's what they look like on the plants.
Remember those long cowpeas? Here’s what they look like on the plants. Really kind of amazing!
More cowpeas taking over in one of the barrels.
More cowpeas taking over in one of the barrels.
Plenty of ground cherries to go round!
Plenty of ground cherries to go around!
Heading out front, the marigolds are looking alright!
Heading out front, the marigolds are looking alright!
They're doing less great in the other bed, but are still blooming.
They’re doing less great in the other bed, but are still blooming.
And finally, finally, finally, we've got a few heirloom marigolds (Harlequin) popping up!
And finally, finally, finally, we’ve got a few heirloom marigolds (Harlequin) popping up!

Whew! That was enough scrolling for one day. We’ve got some eating to do and we’ll see you next week!

 

 

 

 

 

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2 thoughts on “Another update in pictures (SO MANY PICTURES!)

  1. fmajewicz 08/04/2014 / 9:49 am

    Your aunt purchased a new Foodsaver Vacuum Sealer and we have been blanching and freezing beans, peas, cauliflower, beets, and strawberries for the winter months. We did weed out the over abundance of leaves on the tomato plants so finally some are turning red. It would be great if they all make it for we have tons of greens tomatoes.

    • Garden State-ments 08/10/2014 / 4:08 pm

      We should really look into vacuum sealing, but right now we’re pretty much eating everything within a couple days of harvesting. However, we will soon start venturing in canning because we’ve got just way to many tomatoes! Sounds like you guys will be set for several months.

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