Friday, June 18, 2010

Friday Veg Report Week 6

A bit of a late post today for this week's Veg Report - I've just plain run out of steam! I told Mr. Squash that tomorrow will be a vacation day for me - nothing but lounging about in the shade reading my favorite new quilting magazines! I usually take the Vegetable photos the day before, but as I was getting ready for bed last night and "running the tapes" of that day, I realized I had not taken them! So today's photos are taken in a different light in the early morning!

First I'd like to show you my "Squash House Lettuce Mix". We've had several harvests of lettuce so far. I wash and tear all the varieties I pick that day, throw in some Lemon Balm leaves and ohhh-la-la....what a wonderful salad this makes! Yesterday I also made croutons from day old sourdough boule, and herbs picked from my herb garden. Just remove the crust from the bread and cut bread in 3/4 inch chunks; chop up any variety of herbs (I used oregano, thyme, parsley and rosemary) and toss with a little olive oil and sea salt, then bake until just crisp at 350 degrees.

Check out the lettuce below - the arugula in front is nearly blotting out the landscape! Nasturtiums are beginning to flower - maybe next lettuce harvest we can add flowers to the salad mix! The carrots to the left are really coming along, and I've even planted another row of radishes as the first batch is nearly gone!

Beans and peas are coming along....tomatoes aren't far behind. Today is a beautiful day after rain the past two days, then more rain is predicted for the weekend. Yesterday I received an email from one of our fly fishing club members - he said it has rained 25 out of the past 30 days - the rivers and streams still aren't fishable!


Sunflowers are doing well...I've decided not to thin them - I want to see a huge patch of yellow shining back at us! Unfortunately, the eggplant, which you can see just in front are not going anywhere!
I hestitated whether or not to show you the pumpkins and squash - they've seen just a little more growth than last week, but are hanging in there!
Next post I'll show you all my Winter Wonderland pieced blocks together! I've finished them all - now it's just a matter of putting them on the design wall, sewing them together, then getting it quilted - woo-hoo!

13 comments:

Stephanie D. said...

Wow, your garden is going gang-busters there! Whatever you two did, the veggies love it--except for the eggplant, and what do they know anyway?

AnnieO said...

Wow, all that rain seems not to have drowned your garden. That lettuce mix looks heavenly. Can't wait to see the sunflowers towering skyward. Now, put your feet up and get some rest.

Mary said...

Yum! Does lettuce do well in the mail???

Lisa D. said...

Your garden is really flourishing! It looks wonderful.

pratima said...

Fresh, scrumptious lettuce :)
The sunflowers will be so wonderful as a backdrop to your garden as they start flowering. Have a restful weekend!

Stephanie said...

What time is dinner at Squash House? Salad and croutons...YUM. Wow everything has really taken off. I planted a variety of sunflowers one year and has some gigantic ones. The birds would hover and eat the seeds.

Kaaren said...

Salad...my absolute favorite! Your lettuce mix looks better than any you can buy, Candace. Yummo.

Even with all the rain, everything looks like it's coming along nicely. Since this is your first year having a garden in the Squash House, it'll be a learning experience for the future.

Calamity Jane's Cottage, Bonnie said...

Your veggies look so good. Our tomatoes are getting overrun with stink bugs. Do you know how to get rid of them?
I love your winter wonderland blocks. Can't wait to see that one put together.

Carrie P. said...

Looking good. What are the red things around the base of the tomoatoes? I picked off enough green beans for dinner tonight.

Jackie said...

WOW! You've had a lot of growth. Everything looks wonderfully yummy!

Karen said...

Your garden looks fantastic. I love the crouton recipe, thanks for sharing. I'm definitely going to try that!!

PamKittyMorning said...

I love how tidy and organized it all looks. And delicious, don't want to forget that.

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

I'm so jealous of your garden. IT looks so fantastic.