Here is Mr. Squash, my wonderful Assistant, using our new Oxo cherry pitter on some fresh pie cherries we got at the local farmer's market on Saturday. He was eager to help as he knows he benefits greatly from this (wink)!
The pie turned out great! I use an old standby recipe from The Joy of Cooking - works every time! We got the peaches at the farmer's market, too - what a great time of year - so many fresh fruits and veggies - I could easily be a vegetarian right now! As soon as the fresh tomatoes come in, life will be perfect!
Stephanie asked me the other day, "How does my garden grow?" Since I haven't had a garden post for a while, I thought I would show you some of the progress. Here is the Chocolate Cherry tomato - the fruits are nearly half the size of my palm so far....either the plant was marked incorrectly, or they will be the biggest cherry tomatoes I have every grown!
Here are some green beans and a few sugar snap peas I've harvested. This is the third picking of green beans - they're just starting! The sugar snap peas, however, didn't do as well as I would have liked - I think they're pretty much done.
Check out the raised beds below - talk about "monster" growth! Even the nasturtiums and marigolds have gone crazy! We noticed a hummingbird a while ago, so I put a feeder out for them. I can't believe how social they are - one hovered right near us for quite some time the other day!
Sorry about the shadows here, but I really wanted you to see the squash - pumpkins on the right, zucchini to their left, then pickling cukes and acron squash on the middle trellises, and more green beans on the far left. I've harvested several large zucchini's in the past week!
Finally, the sunflowers....every seed germinated and nothing has died - we still don't have flowers on them, but I expect them to pop any minute! Now the trick will be who gets the sunflowers seeds first - Mr. Squash and I....or the squirrels!
I'll have some sewing to show you in a day or two!