Melons!..... so excited about these Blenheim Orange melons in my greenhouse. There are currently about 14 fruit coming on, so hopefully, if we get some more sunny days, some of these will ripen fully. I'm supporting the individual fruits with a mix of old onion nets and cut up tights. I think the nets work best because they allow more sun onto the fruit. I've also cut back a lot of foliage in the past week, to also try to get more sun on the fruit. I'm still feeding them twice a week with my homemade liquid comfrey feed.
These Blenheim Orange melons are an old non hybrid variety that is supposed to have wonderfully delicious fruit, with sweet orange flesh, especially if you leave them to ripen properly on the vine before picking. Can't wait!
plant looks happy and tasty! What do you use sage for in the summer time? 💕
Okay, in reality I know this is not an impressive photo of a bunch of mostly green baby tomatoes. But here is why I’m impressed:
Three days after I planted this little plant, a ground squirrel hacked her right in half. (For no reason I can see! Grrrr!!!) topped her right off.
I didn’t have the heart to throw her into the compost bin. So I just left the crime scene as is for a couple days. Then one day I took that broken top and stuck it into the ground. (My thought was after it withered up, it would be easier to throw out). BUT SHE DIDN’T DIE!! She took root and started growing. (Okay maybe some of you knew this was possible but all my years growing tomatoes, I’d never tried this and had no clue it was possible!!) I harvested my first sweet, ripe sun gold tomatoes from her yesterday.
If a body-less tomato head can take root and grow and be productive...well, to me, it’s a great picture of resilience and determination. She’s loaded with fruit. I would’ve just tossed her out. Nothing in me said she’d grow. But here she is!
And, it’s true. Every time I pass that plant in the garden I’m reminded to NOT GIVE UP! See, even tomatoes can teach us something if we pay attention! #lessonsfromthegarden #iftomatoescouldtalk #dontgiveup
I have an abundance of basil growing in my garden. Swipe⬅️ for basil pic!🌱I like to make pesto throughout the summer to freeze for the winter months. If you keep trimming the tops of the basil plants(which stops it from going to seed)they'll continue to fill out.
This is my recipe for pesto.
1/3 cup raw pine nuts, almonds, walnuts, pecans or cashews
2 cups packed fresh basil leaves
1/4 cup grated parmesan (I use pecorino romano)
Zest of 1 lemon
Juice of 1 lemon
4-5 cloves of garlic, roughly chopped
1/2 tsp fine sea salt
1/2 cup EVOO
I like to mildly toast my nuts for extra flavor, optional.
Combine the basil, cooled nuts, parmesan, zest, lemon juice, garlic and salt in a food processor. With machine running slowly drizzle in olive oil. Continue processing until it's blended but still has some texture. Taste, and adjust if necessary.
To make it dairy-free/vegan: Replace the parm with 1 Tbsp Nutritional Yeast.
Sometimes I'll mix it up a bit by subbing in some fresh cilantro, parsley, mint or whatever you may have on hand. Have fun with your pesto!!🤩🌱💚🍋🤩 #pesto #herbs #homemade #cleaneating #green #gardening #food #foodie #instafood #f52grams #growyourownfood #thekitchn #beautifulcuisine #huffposttaste #foodporn #foodgawker #delicious #yummy #cooking #foodphotography #food52 #thefeedfeed #feedfeed #buzzfeedfood #pasta
You guys! I have been trying to grow my own vegetables and guess what? I have failed miserably. My garlic never grew and my chives and basil didn’t survive the heat. I have failed them all… except for one! I grew my own ginger plant and I am so proud 😱! It has now become my goal to make this baby survive and GROW! And most exciting: it looks exactly like this emoji🌱. #trysomethingnew
Garden Fresh Pickles! I love really good pickles. I was recently asked if I pickled any of my vegetables. Well, the answer is no. I always eat everything I grow before it can be pickled. But this summer I couldn’t resist trying to make some quick refrigerator pickles. I found a delicious brine recipe that was low in salt but high in flavor. I pickled some of my homegrown beets, carrots, and cipollini onions. I also pickled some organic tomatoes that I scored from the Headhouse Farmers Market. The results were these colorful, crisp, spicy, and delicious pickles. They turned out fantastic and were a great accompaniment to my homemade baked falafel.
🥒🌽🍅 Our small harvest on Sunday - a tomato, white corn, green beans, cucumbers & special Chinese chives 🌽Our lawn really sucks for gardening because there’s huge trees surrounding everything, we don’t get much sun. The corn plants tasseled waaaaay too early before the corn grew, & the corn stopped growing from 3 weeks of rain, and we salvaged the rest of the cucumbers but the deer & groundhog got at least 3 of them (luckily not the longest one I’ve ever grown), and sadly ate the rest of our striped German tomatoes (we only had 1 this season!), all the kale, all the broccoli & snow peas, but we salvaged one of the tomatoes they left on the ground while ravaging the others. I’m just hoping this 1 & a half corn tastes amazing; the cucumbers and green beans were great. 🍅🌽 cherrytomato #cherrytomatoes #greenbeans #plants #plant #veggies #growingfood #growyourown #growyourownfood #tomatoes #garden #gardening #gardener #hobby #fun #organic #farm #veggies #funinthesun #freshfood #vegetables #harvest #tomatoes #tomato #foodie #foodporn #plants #instafood #food
in my kitchen, listening to the news from Genoa ...
Inca berries (Physalis peruviana) grown from seed into a beautiful little shrub! 🌿 The berries have a distinctive flavour (taste like ham and cheese toasties to me!) 😳 and contain high vitamin A, more iron than kale and more potassium than bananas! 😄 #britishsummer #growyourownfood #naturalhealth #hollybotanic
We have been working on this beautiful old apple tree for a few years. When we moved to our little house in the woods it was covered with moss and had not brought fruit for years. This year it finally happened.😉Apples everywhere🍎🍏🍎💚👍💚
Happy Harvest! 🥒🍅🌶We we’re out of town for just 3 days and came home to SO many cucumbers !!! ( some have basically become zucchini’s 🤣) #giantpickle #growyourown
My last harvest was only 4 days ago! 😎 Today the first peppers, first apples and first leeks of the season. #sowgrowharvestfeast
These little eggplant minis are called patio babies. 🍆 They grow to be only three inches tall, but they’re packed with anthocyanins which are great for your heart and your brain.