Argggg....fooood...(shuffle shuffle)...food....groan...(shuffle shuffle)..food...(stub toe)....
You know we are kind of like zombies really, instead of yelling, or more apt, groaning, "BRRAAAINNNNNSSSSS", we yell, "I'M HUNGRY!!!"
We all then march off to the supermarket, line up with our edible consumer products and proceed, robot like, through the line. Grab, scan, bag, grab, scan, bag, etc...Then once at home, out of the site of the general public, we tear into the food like we never saw it before. GIMME! GIMME! GIMME!
I mean, honestly, what really separates us from zombies, well besides the brain thing?
Zombies are just trying to live just like us, they just can't grow brains on trees...yet...Mooohoooohahahahahahahaha!!! (that must be said aloud in a menacing way).
Thankfully, I don't have to invade malls, raise from the grave or have half dogs as pets (name the movie reference and win nothing!) in order to feed myself my daily requirements of brains, um, food.
Even though I do the zombie food supermarket hop, I also, as you all know by now, well, the 3 of you that actually read this thing (and if I don't include family, well that goes down to -5), grow a small portion of my own.
And as one season winds down another starts, things are changing.
I wrapped up the last of the onions, which I realize I have to try and plant a little earlier next year. They were, for the most part; golf ball size. I have to try for mid September this year. And besides, they take forever to grow. 6 months if you are lucky!
However the garlic did very well. Of the 36 "wedges" I planted, I yielded 27 full bulbs. 4 were green garlic. That means they were stunted and never grew to full fruition. (one of my favorite words), and the remaining 5 were no shows. Just didn't grow. >shrugs<
Here is my yield.
They now have to hang for 3 weeks to "set". Right now they are really soft and won't do you much good. Can't wash them, can't peel them, nothing.
So in 3 weeks I'll post the results. Actually, I'll post my test garlic, that I pulled 2 weeks ago, next week.
Once it's ready, we press and freeze them.
Next up on the hit parade, the beets finally were ready. Here is the last pict of them in the ground.
Hard to tell from this angle but the leaves are about a foot tall and the beet itself is crowning. It's best to pull them when they are about 1 1/2" to 2". Any bigger and they get tough to eat, like brains. Not that I would know anything about that...
Ah hmm. Okay.
Both the turnips and the beets have fast growing times, 45 days.
I didn't get a pic of the turnips in the ground but instead got a group shot.
The itty bitty onions are actually really sweet. This was the very first group we harvested. We've had a bunch since. We are fermenting the beets and turnips by making some Kimchi. It lasts a good long time, great for the digestion, very nutritious and spicy!
Up and coming is the zucchini's or as I like to call them; zooks.
Here they are still on the plant...
Still small, but we were still able to harvest on early one. I love the color of the flower.
I needed something to give scale, so I called on old George. I looks like sometime mid next week we should be getting about another six. In about, 2 weeks we should be completely sick of them. LOL They just keep producing until you can't take it anymore, go postal or the cold weather comes in.
Our cucumbers, or as I like to call them; Kooks, are doing just fine and I'm hoping in about another month, we will be able to harvest some to make pickles.
They are now just starting to vine up the little caged teepee I built for them.
For some reason, I have the worst luck with tomatoes, go figure. Well, at least this year, so far, we only had a few blossoms drop but most are hanging in there and we actually have one whole freaking tomato already. I know...throw the confetti...
And finally our blackberry bushes...
Pretty pretty flowers (I'm parapharsing
(I know, I know, you were all expecting a blog on the water totes, well hang on it's coming. we just need water to put in them. Oh yeah, that. Please send go rain vibes this way, we need it. I just hope this isn't a harbinger of things to come. I can't deal with yet another blazing surface of the sun summer again, but then again, that pesky climate change. sigh).