As I mentioned yesterday, it’s been ages since I updated you on our little victory garden! We started almost everything from plants this time (purchased last minute at Home Depot) back in early September. A few things we did start ourselves from seed, and those seem to be doing the best, with the exception of our butter and red lettuces. Anyway, let’s hop to the pictures.
Our purple flash pepper from Home Depot is doing pretty well, and adds some pretty purple color to the front raised bed. It’s an ornamental pepper, and is edible, but we haven’t tasted it to determine if it’s delicious or not. It’s just really pretty!
On the other corner of the front bed, we planted another pepper. I can’t even remember what kind it was (also from Home Depot) but I’m just going to label it firmly within the Epic Pepper Fail variety.
In this same front bed, we also have some cabbage that is absolutely nothing to write home about.
But hey, at least it’s not dead or ridden with critters.
Also in this bed is our little corner of lettuce Heaven.
We have butter lettuce (above) and red lettuce (below). Both are doing really well, and we are thoroughly enjoying our salads.
In raised bed number two, we have a few tomato plants we started from seed what seems like AGES ago.
And a brave little Cherokee Purple Tomato (yep, just the one):
It’s definitely no summer crop. :( And I’m worried that a frost is going to get them before they ripen, so these may get fried as-is.
Also in Bed 2: very colorful bell peppers! We have green, yellow (really more of a white), and PURPLE! These are actually ones we started from seed back in the Spring that are really just now getting going.
Also in Bed 2 are our jalapeño peppers we planted from seed back in mid-Summer. They are really started to take off this month.
And rounding out Bed 2 is our lovely crop of spinach.
Actually, we have been using Sevin Dust on them periodically, because something thinks our spinach is really, really tasty. I wouldn’t know. But a couple of the plants give me a glimmer of hope.
In back Bed number 3, we have a steady crop of okra that we harvest daily!
Below are okra pods of varying stages of development on a single stalk.
Here’s one that’s just about to turn into an okra pod:
The ants and other bugs LOVE the okra blossoms. They must have some serious sweets inside. I got to thinking this summer that the okra blossoms really looked like cotton blossoms, and they both looked a whole lot like hibiscus blooms. After some thorough Wikipedia-ing, I discovered it’s because they’re all related!
Anyway, okra blooms are really, really pretty, and I love having them in the yard. And then having okra.
Finishing up the raised beds, we have some very, very sad collard greens. Looks like I’ll still be buying those this winter.
We still pick a loner strawberry every now and then, too. They are in pots, but maybe at some point they will get transplanted into the ground. They berries never get very big though, so I’m not sure it’s worth it.
And moving on over to the herb garden around the patio, I planted some Faulkenberry-Beaver wedding favor mint in the herb garden a couple evenings ago!
The wedding favors were little burlap bags containing a tiny mint plant and a little bottle of Jim Beam, along with an adorable recipe for a pitcher of mint juleps. It was precious! I ended up with a couple of leftovers the wedding planner handed to me at the end of the night (we shutter down). So I planted three in my little herb garden. Hopefully we’ll be drinking lots of mint juleps and remembering what a good time we had at the Beaver’s wedding for a long time to come. :)
You’ll note the moss surrounding the plants. This area is where the water ends up settling when it runs off our patio, so I figured it would be the perfect spot for water-loving mint. Only time will tell, though. I’m excellent at murdering mint, which is supposedly practically invincible. I call it the Titanic of the herb garden.
Side note: HOW DO YOU GET CATS TO STAY OUT OF FLOWER BEDS AND/OR HERB GARDENS?
Wallace seriously won’t leave a flower bed alone. Sometimes he uses them as his litter box… sometimes he just rolls around and plays with stuff and a lot of the time he just lays in them, like he’s doing in this picture. It’s so weird. And annoying. Any tips? Help!
Here’s a tip for you: wash your homegrown lettuce really well. I recommend dumping all your freshly picked lettuce in the sink and washing it one leaf at a time, then drying in a salad spinner. Because no matter how carefully you pick your lettuce, you still might bring one of these into your kitchen.
Yup, that bad boy crawled out of my sink from some lettuce I picked a couple nights ago. Pretty sure this is where George Lucas got Jabba the Hutt (Jabadahut?) from.
I’ve been making a delicious salad with these greens (besides the Shrimp salad I posted about earlier this week.
Fresh homegrown lettuce (sans snail), homegrown bell pepper, and whatever other veggies we have in the house at the time, topped with Canned Sand Pears, shaved Thomasville Tomme from Sweet Grass Dairy, and Maggie’s honey mustard vinaigrette.
Another side note: Sweet Grass Dairy’s new online store just opened a few days ago! Now you can order their cheese, condiments, and all sorts of local foodie treats online at The Larder. I die over their homepage.
Maggie’s Honey Mustard Vinaigrette
Copied and pasted from thesmintzes.wordpress.com
1 tablespoon grainy dijon mustard
3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 teaspoons honey
2 tablespoons olive oil
Whisk ’em together. Top things with it. Delicious.
Sorry for that insanely long post!
If you’re a Bainbridge local, the Bainbridge Country Club is having a Fall Carnival tonight from 6:00-8:00 p.m. It’s $10 for adults and $5 for kids (non-members) and I’d love to see you there!
Happy almost Friday!
And watch out for those snails.